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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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Fitzgibbon, Gerald (1793–1882), lawyer and political writer, was born at Glin, Co. Limerick, on either 1 January or 31 December 1793 (the sources differ), fourth son of Garret or Gerald FitzGibbon, a farmer and weaver who left the catholic for the established church, and his wife Mary (née Widenham). An elder son was James FitzGibbon (1780–1863), who had a distinguished career as a soldier and public servant in Canada. After employment at Jameson's distillery in Dublin (1814–17), Gerald FitzGibb...