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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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Crofts, Thomas (1892–1971), revolutionary, was born 3 December 1892 in Clogheen, Co. Cork, seventh among eight children of Michael Francis Crofts (d. 1921), shoe-shop owner and boot-maker, of 63 North Main St., Cork, and Helena Crofts (née Slattery; d. 1936) of Co. Tipperary. Six of his siblings took religious vows. The family lived at Holly Lodge, Clogheen, Co. Cork until 1900 and at Lough View House, Mayfield, Old Youghal Road, Cork (1900–23).Educated at the North Monastery School, Cork, he be...