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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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Kerr, Cecil George (1936–2010), clergyman, was born on 21 November 1936 in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, second of four sons of Hugh Kerr, a farmer at Culkey, near Bellanaleck, and Caroline Kerr (née Cathcart). He was educated in Enniskillen at Portora Royal School. Deciding to become a clergyman, in April 1954 he entered TCD, and studied history and philosophy, then switched to Hebrew, Oriental languages and divinity; he came head of his class in his third year, during which he won the Carson Bib...