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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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West, Sir Raymond (1832–1912), Indian civil servant and judge, was born 18 September 1832 at Ballyloughrane, Co. Kerry, son of Frederick Henry West, journalist, and his wife Frances, daughter of Richard Raymond of Ballyloughrane. His father neglected his own career, the family finances suffering accordingly, and as a result of this his mother saw to his education and secured him a scholarship to QCG. Deciding to study law, he proved a brilliant student and won three scholarships during the cours...