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The DIB and Rugby World Cup 2019: the 'father of Irish rugby'

Friday, 13 September 2019

To mark the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, we publish below the DIB entry on Sir Charles Burton Barrington (1848–1943), integral to the establishment of Rugby Football in Ireland, by Shaun Boylan.

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Camogie legends in the DIB: Kay Mills

Friday, 6 September 2019

For this weekend's All-Ireland camogie final we are revisiting the life of Kathleen 'Kay' Mills who won fifteen All-Ireland senior medals. Read her entry below by Mary Moran.

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Dublin and Kerry GAA legends in the DIB: Kevin Heffernan and Páidí Ó Sé

Friday, 30 August 2019

Archrivals Dublin and Kerry are facing off in a much-anticipated all-Ireland final. To mark that event we are publishing the biographies of two GAA titans of these counties.

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: The Sam Maguire

Friday, 30 August 2019

It’s All Ireland Final weekend, find out about the inspiration for the Sam Maguire cup……

Publications, Art and Architecture of Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks

Lunchtime lecture series marking 100 years of Irish foreign policy

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Join the authors of our forthcoming book Ireland: a voice among the nations and explore how Ireland has engaged with the wider world over the past century.

Publications, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Decade of Centenaries, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

Iris Kellett, renowned equestrian

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

To mark the start of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show and an exhibition celebrating 100 years of women showjumpers at the RDS, we are publishing the DIB entry on Iris Kellett, one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and decorated,...

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Irish educators abroad: Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita)

Monday, 29 July 2019

Dungannon born Margaret Noble is better known in India as Sister Nivedita, educator and political activist. Read the DIB entry for her by Maurice Hayes.

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The DIB on the Fourth of July: First Mother

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Read about the life of Elizabeth Jackson, the mother of America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who hailed from Co. Antrim, by Dr Linde Lunney.

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Pride month DIB entry: Philip Chevron

Saturday, 29 June 2019

To mark Pride 2019 we are publishing our recent entry on celebrated musician and activist Philip Chevron (1957–2013), writer of the heartfelt 'Under Clery's clock' about his experience as a gay man in 1980s Dublin.

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New DIB lives: cat burglar to the stars

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

This week we added thirty-nine new lives to the DIB online. One of the more intriguing is Peter Gulston, a notorious thief once cursed by Sophia Loren. Read our entry by Niav Gallagher below.

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