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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 July 2014.
- Ahern, Catherine Ita (Kay) (19152007), president of the Irish Countrywomens Association, senator and TD
- Barnes, Michael James (19322008), festival director
- Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison (Bob) (19222008), politician and government minister
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Bruce, William (1757–1841), presbyterian minister and schoolmaster, was born in Dublin on 30 July 1757. He was the second son, in the family of seven, of Samuel Bruce (1722–67), presbyterian minister at Wood Street, Dublin, and his wife, Rose (1728–1806), daughter of Robert Rainey of Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry; he was a grandson of Michael Bruce (qv) (1786–1735) and a grand-nephew of William Bruce (qv) (1702–55). On 8 July 1771, aged fourteen, he entered TCD, and he was elected a scholar after...