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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 2013.
- Abraham, William (18401915), nationalist MP
- Archdeacon, Matthew (17981853), writer and schoolmaster
- Beirne, Bryan Patrick (191898), entomologist and pest-control expert
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Davitt, Michael (1950–2005), poet, was born Joseph Michael Davitt on 20 April 1950 in Mayfield, Cork city, the third child of four children (three girls and a boy) of Joe Davitt, a bus driver and native of Mallow, Co. Cork, and his wife Hilda (néae Parker), originally from Stoke-on-Trent (they met when Joe was working in England). He attended St Patrick's national school, Gardiner's Hill, and the North Monastery CBS, Cork, where Brother Seán E. Ó Cearbhaill, himself a poet, inspired his love of ...