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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 2013.
- Abraham, William (18401915), nationalist MP
- Archdeacon, Matthew (17981853), writer and schoolmaster
- Beirne, Bryan Patrick (191898), entomologist and pest-control expert
Biography of the Day
Caulfield, Richard (1823–87), antiquary and local historian, was born 23 April 1823 in Cork, one of five sons of a merchant, William Caulfield, and his wife Catherine, who was the daughter of Henry Gosnell, a Cork doctor and surgeon. Richard was educated at Bandon endowed school, entered TCD in October 1840, and graduated BA in 1845, LLB in 1864, and LLD in 1866. He abandoned early plans of entering the church to concentrate on antiquarian research, and in 1854 published Sigilla ecclesiae hibern...