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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
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O'Donovan Rossa (née Irwin), Mary Jane (1845–1916), poet, was born on 27 January 1845 in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, the daughter of Maxwell Irwin, a farmer and member of Young Ireland. She was educated in a convent and started writing poetry at an early age. On 22 August 1864 she married Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa (qv), who subsequently swore her brothers into the IRB. They were married for fifty-two years and had thirteen children, some of whom died young.Mary Jane held nationalist sympathies and cont...