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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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O'Dea, Denis (1903–78), actor, was born 26 April 1903 in Dublin, the only child of Michael O'Dea, RIC officer, and Katherine O'Dea (née Neilson), both originally from north Co. Kerry. At the time of Denis's birth they were living at Desmond Place, north Dublin, but they later moved in with Katherine's sister, Josephine Neill, who ran a boarding house and flats in 52 South Richmond St., which became Denis's home until his aunt died (c.1957). He was educated at the CBS, Synge St. As a young man he...