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The following lives were added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online in June 2015.
- Baird, Mary (19072009), nurse and health service administrator
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Maguire, Thomas (1792–1847), catholic priest, preacher, and polemicist, was born in February 1792 in the townland of Tiroogan in the part of the parish of Kinawley that lies in Co. Fermanagh, a son of Thomas Maguire, a local farmer. His mother, Judith, was a sister of a Franciscan priest, Patrick Maguire (1761–1826), who was parish priest of Templeport (Bawnboy), Co. Cavan, from 1796 and co-adjutor bishop of Kilmore from 1818 until his death. Thomas Maguire was educated at a classical school at ...