Welcome to the Dictionary of Irish Biography
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 December 2013.
- Abraham, William (18401915), nationalist MP
- Archdeacon, Matthew (17981853), writer and schoolmaster
- Beirne, Bryan Patrick (191898), entomologist and pest-control expert
Biography of the Day
Berkeley, George (1685–1753), philosopher and Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne, was born 12 March 1685 in or near Kilkenny city, and spent his childhood at Dysart Castle, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Little is known of his parents other than that his father, William Berkeley, came to Ireland from Staffordshire, and that his mother may have been Elisabeth Southerne, daughter of a Dublin brewer and a descendant through her maternal line of James Ussher (qv). Though often subsequently described as o...