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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.
- Algeo, Arthur (1902-1967), businessman
- Armstrong, Arthur (1924-1996), painter
- Bailey, William Frederick (1857-1917), lawyer and estates commissioner
Biography of the Day
Atkinson, John (1844–1932), lawyer, politician, and judge, was born 13 December 1844 at Ballynoe, Drogheda, Co. Louth, the elder son of Dr Edward Atkinson (1801–76), of Glenwilliam Castle, Co. Limerick, and Skea House, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and his first wife, Rosetta McCulloch (d. 1849), daughter of Captain John Shaw McCulloch of the 27th Regiment.Educated at the RBAI and QCG (from 1858), Atkinson graduated BA with first-class honours in 1861 and in 1864 was awarded a diploma in elementar...