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The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.
The following lives were added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online in June 2016.
- Bresnihan, Barry (1944–2010), rheumatologist and rugby player
- Cahill, Harry (1930–2009), international hockey player
- Caldwell, John (‘Johnny’) (1938–2009), boxer
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Healy, James (1824–94), priest and raconteur, was born 15 December 1824 in Francis St., Dublin, son of John Healy, provision merchant, and his first wife, Mary (née Meyler), who was from Co. Wexford. There were twenty-three children in the family. James was to inherit his father's humour and hospitable nature. He proceeded from the Vincentian School, Usher's Quay, Dublin (entered 1834), to St Vincent's College, Castleknock (1839), first as a student and later as a novice and monitor. He decided ...