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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
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Sarsfield, Patrick (d. 1693), soldier, lst earl of Lucan, was the second son, and youngest of five children, of Patrick Sarsfield and his wife Anne, daughter of Rory O'More (qv), a leader of the 1641 rebellion. The Sarsfields were an Old English family who had estates at Lucan, Co. Dublin, and Tully, Co. Kildare. Patrick's branch of the family resided at Tully but his father moved to Lucan on inheriting that property in the early 1650s. Both estates were confiscated by the Cromwellian regime and...