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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 2015.
- Bennis, Elizabeth (Eliza) (1725–1802), methodist activist and diarist
- Bibby, Father Albert (1877–1925), Capuchin priest and republican
- Boyd, Robert (1805–31), soldier and revolutionary
Biography of the Day
Forannán (Farannán) (d. 982), third (or possibly fourth) abbot of the Irish Benedictine foundation at Waulsort (Belgium), was son of Rónán, son of Fiachu, a descendant of Éogan son of Art. According to his twelfth-century biographer Robert, a monk of Waulsort, he had been bishop of Donaghmore; this corresponds with a mention in ‘Corpus Genealogiarum Sanctorum Hiberniae’ of a Forannán of Domnach Mór Maige Feimin (Donaghmore, near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) in the medieval diocese of Lismore. He was ...