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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 2015.
- Baird, Mary (19072009), nurse and health service administrator
- Barbour, William Pirrie (Bill) (19202009), teacher, and community and political activist
- Beckett, John Stewart (19272007), musician, conductor and composer
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Inglis, Brian St John (1916–93), journalist and historian, was born 31 July 1916 at 89 Lower Baggot St., Dublin, the only child of Sir Claude Cavendish Inglis (qv), civil engineer in Poona (latterly Pune), India, born in Dublin but of Scots-Irish presbyterian stock, and Vera Margaret St John Inglis (née Blood), whose family had settled in Ireland in the seventeenth century. From the ages of two to four Brian lived in Poona, but was then taken back to Dublin by his mother. When he was five, she r...