2011 and onwards



The Dictionary of Irish Biography project is now working on the preparation of twice-yearly supplements for publication online every six months. These supplements will cover those who have died since 2002, as well as articles on subjects who do not feature in the first edition.

Forty-two lives were added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online in December 2010. Most of the new subjects died in 2003 and 2004, but five of them died in the twentieth century: Ronnie Adams (1916-2004), racing driver, winner of the 1956 Monte Carlo rally; Colm Barnes (1919-2003), entrepreneur; Fergus Bourke (1934-2004), photographer; Joe Cahill (1920-2004), republican paramilitary; Terry Carlin (1946-2003), trade unionist; Joe Carr (1922-2004), amateur golfer and businessman, three times winner of the Amateur Championship; Ian Cochrane (1941-2004), novelist; Enda Colleran (1942-2004), Gaelic footballer and All-Ireland medallist; Don Concannon (1930-2003), British politician and Northern Ireland minister under direct rule; Bob Cooper (1936-2004), politician, co-founder of Alliance Party and public servant; A. D. (Louis) Courtney (1891-1985), celebrated Nenagh doctor; Anthony William (Tony) Courtney (1899-1970), doctor and sportsman; Michael Courtney (1945-2003), catholic archbishop and Vatican diplomat, who was assassinated in Burundi; Mick Doyle (1940-2004), rugby international and coach, author of a best selling controversial autobiography; Douglas Gageby (1918-2004), newspaper editor; Harold Gracey (1935-2004), the Portadown Orangeman who became indelibly associated with the annual Drumcree standoff in the 1990s; Kenneth Maxwell (Ken) Gray (1925-2002), journalist; Tony Gray (1922-2004), journalist and author; Mary Guiney (1901-2004), businesswoman and centenarian; Mary Holland (1935-2004), journalist; Sir Robert Hill Kidd (1918-2004), NI civil servant; Richard Robert Leeper (1864-1942), psychiatric doctor; Máirín Lynch (1916-2004), taoiseach's wife and confidante; Richard Leeper ('Dick') McClelland (aka Richard Leech) (1922-2004), medical doctor and actor; Mary Graham (Mollie) McGeown (1923-2004), medical doctor and health service pioneer; Basil McIvor (1928-2004), politician, barrister and judge; William Baird MacQuitty (1905-2004), traveller, film producer, photographer and polymath; Dorothy Molloy (1942-2004), poet, painter and journalist; Risteárd Ó Glaisne (1927-2003), teacher, ecumenist, and journalist; Michael O'Carroll (1911-2004), catholic priest and author, who pioneered ecumenical contacts with protestants in the 1940s; John Patrick O'Donnell (1920-2004), chemical engineer; John ('Johnny') O'Leary (aka Johnny Leary) (1923-2004), traditional musician; Tony O'Malley (1913-2003), painter; Frank Pantridge (1916-2004), pioneering cardiologist and inventor of the mobile cardiac defibrillator; Bertie Peacock (1928-2004), NI soccer international; James Quigley (1869-1941), engineer and civil servant; Paul Quigley (1923-2003), Shannon Free Airport Development Company supremo; David Willis Robinson (1928-2004), scientist and horticulturalist; George Edward (Ted) Russell (1912-2004), businessman and politician; Bob Tisdall (1907-2004), Olympic gold medallist; John Wadham (1936-2003), jazz musician; Harry West (1917-2004), farmer and politician, leader of Ulster Unionist Party.

Thirty-six new entries, for subjects who died in 2003, were added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online in June 2010. These subjects are Gaetano Alibrandi, papal nuncio to Ireland, Andy Barr, trade unionist and communist, Cyril Barrett, Jesuit priest, art critic and historian, and philosopher, J. Bowyer Bell, writer on the IRA and artist, Brian Cleeve, writer and broadcaster, Mary Edith Dunlop, campaigner for the welfare of the blind, Jim Fitzgerald, theatre and television director, Pauline Flanagan, actress, Albert Folens, Flemish nationalist and educational publisher, Lar Foley, Gaelic footballer and hurler, Gerald Goldberg, solicitor, politician and writer, Terence Gorman, economist, Valerie Goulding, philanthropist and senator, Anne Grosvenor, duchess of Westminster, racehorse owner, James Kelly, army officer and republican, Richard Kingston, painter, Donal Lamont, missionary bishop and critic of the Rhodesian government, Proinsias Mac Aonghusa, journalist and Irish language activist, Gary Mac Eoin, journalist and catholic activist, Tony McAuley, broadcaster, television producer and expert on folksongs, Sean McClory, actor, Joe McGough, army officer, barrister and businessman, Eric Montgomery, civil servant and pioneer of the study of Scotch-Irish folk history, Brian Nelson, loyalist paramilitary and undercover agent, Peter O'Brien, musician, T. F. (Tom) O'Higgins, politician and judge, Davey Payne, loyalist paramilitary, James Plunkett, writer and socialist, Seamus Purcell, businessman and cattle exporter, Gerry Quigley, trade unionist, Mary Reid, republican and feminist, Constance Smith, actress, Charles Chenevix Trench, colonial official and historian, Alexander Walker, film critic and cinema historian, Dick Walsh, journalist, James White, arts administrator, art critic and art historian.

The project welcomes feedback about the first edition as well as advice on subjects who might be considered for treatment in the supplements.

BOARD OF EDITORS: Aidan Clarke MRIA, Ronan Fanning MRIA, K. Theodore Hoppen FBA, Maureen Murphy, James McGuire, James Quinn
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE: Brendan O Donoghue MRIA (chairman), Professor Tom Brazil MRIA (UCD), Dr Art Cosgrove MRIA (UCD), Dr David Edwards (UCC), Professor Greta Jones (University of Ulster), Professor Edna Longley MRIA (QUB), Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín MRIA (NUIG), Professor Mary O'Dowd MRIA (QUB), Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll (UCC), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (TCD), Dr Susannah Riordan (UCD)

For further information about the Dictionary of Irish Biography project and its work please write to the Managing Editor, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, or email


James Quinn, Executive Editor and James McGuire, Managing Editor DIB
Dr James Quinn, Executive Editor of the DIB
and James McGuire MRIA, Managing Editor of the DIB

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