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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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Ponsonby, John (1713–87), politician, was born on 29 March 1713, the second son of Brabazon Ponsonby (qv) (1679–1758), 2nd Viscount Duncannon and 1st earl of Bessborough, and Sarah Colvill (née Margetson; d. 1733). He was admitted to TCD on 6 April 1730, but there is no evidence that he graduated. Like his older brother, William (qv) (1704–93), later 2nd earl of Bessborough, John lived in the shadow of his father, an able and exceptionally ambitious man, who successfully cast off his earlier tor...