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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
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Kingston, Richard Samuel (1922–2003), painter, was born 22 March 1922 at Leabeg, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow, one of five children of (Thomas) George Kingston, farmer and horse schooler, originally from Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and his wife Elizabeth (née Berry). In the early 1930s his father could no longer afford to employ labourers, owing to the effects of the economic war, so Richard was withdrawn from primary school at a young age to work full‐time on the family farm near Brittas Bay. Unhappy with ...