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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 June 2015.
- Baird, Mary (19072009), nurse and health service administrator
- Barbour, William Pirrie (Bill) (19202009), teacher, and community and political activist
- Beckett, John Stewart (19272007), musician, conductor and composer
Biography of the Day
Howard, Gorges Edmond (1715–86), author of legal and dramatic works, was born 28 August 1715 in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, one of two sons of Francis Howard and Elizabeth Howard (née Jackson). Both families were prominent in Coleraine; the Jacksons, who had been involved in a long-running feud with the Beresfords over control of the town's corporation, were possibly ancestors of the American confederate general ‘Stonewall’ Jackson (d. 1863). Richard Jackson (qv) (d. 1789), MP for Coleraine, was...