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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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Carey, John (1800–91), presbyterian minister, was born 15 June 1800 in Duneane, near Toome, Co. Antrim, probably in the townland of Cloghogue, son of John and Margaret Carey. Two brothers died in 1842 of fever. He later claimed a distinguished lineage, but though he inherited property from his father in 1842, the family was not particularly wealthy. He attended local schools, and entered Belfast Academical Institution when he was about 20; in 1834 he was licensed as a presbyterian minister by Ba...