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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 2014.
- Adams, Michael (19372009), publisher and catholic activist
- Blease, William John (Billy) (19142008), trade unionist and politician
- Burke, Patrick (Thomas; Tom) (19232008), priest and scientist
Biography of the Day
Power, John (‘Jackie’) (1916–94), hurler, was born 30 May 1916 in Annacotty, Co. Limerick, one of two children of David Power, gardener, from Kilbreedy, Kildimo, Co. Limerick, and his second wife Ellen Power (née Fitzgerald) of Annacotty. He had two half-brothers and one half-sister from his father's previous marriage. He was educated at the local Monaleen national school and later received a scholarship to the arts and crafts school at Glenstal Priory, where, among other things, he became profi...