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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 December 2014.
- Adams, Michael (19372009), publisher and catholic activist
- Blease, William John (Billy) (19142008), trade unionist and politician
- Burke, Patrick (Thomas; Tom) (19232008), priest and scientist
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Wynne, Owen (1665–1737), soldier and politician, was third son of Col. Owen Wynne of Lurganboy, Co. Leitrim, and his wife Catherine, daughter of Sir John Hamilton, 2nd Baron Strabane and earl of Abercorn. Wynne entered TCD on 10 May 1682, graduating BA in 1686. Joining the army, in March 1689 he was a captain in the earl of Roscommon's regiment of foot, and later fought at the battle of the Boyne. He served as MP for Carrick in 1692–3. In April 1694 he left Ireland for Flanders in the 5th Royal ...