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Adomnán: the man behind the milestone law

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

To mark the publication of A history of Ireland in 100 words here is the biography of Adomnán, who makes an appearance in the entry for the word 'Cáin', tax laws, specifically the landmark Cáin Adomnáin (law of Adomnán...

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Queen Medb and the Irish language

Monday, 11 November 2019

To mark the publication of A history of Ireland in 100 words the DIB is publishing biographies of key figures from Irish history who make intriguing appearances in the new book. Queen Medb of Connacht, for example,...

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Alice Kyteler: Ireland's first witch

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

To mark Samhain we present the biography of Alice Kyteler, the first recorded person to be condemned for sorcery in Ireland.

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The Durdin-Robertsons, high priests of spaceship earth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Read the DIB entries for the eccentric Durdin-Robertson siblings who established their own goddess cult in the bowels of Huntington castle in Carlow, and are among the subjects of a new exhibition 'Operating Manual For...

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The DIB and the Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland's All Black

Friday, 18 October 2019

To mark Ireland meeting New Zealand on Saturday 19 October, in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup 2019, we are publishing the DIB entry on Dave Gallaher, the first captain of the New Zealand All Blacks, by...

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The DIB and 'Renaissance Galway'

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

To celebrate the publication of Renaissance Galway: delineating the seventeenth-century city by Paul Walsh, we publish the DIB entry on Walter Lynch, by Terry Clavin, below. A vicar of St Nicholas's collegiate church,...

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The DIB and the RCPI St Luke's Symposium

Monday, 14 October 2019

This Thursday 17 October, Turlough O'Riordan of the DIB, will be speaking to the RCPI St Luke's Symposium about the life and career of Dr Barbara Stokes. To mark his talk, entitled 'Every damn child can learn', we...

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Cardinal John Henry Newman in the DIB

Saturday, 12 October 2019

On 13 October 2019 John Henry Newman, cardinal and founder of the Catholic University of Ireland (now UCD), will be canonised by Pope Francis. To mark this occasion, we are publishing the DIB's Newman entry by Colin...

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Thomas Moore in the DIB

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

A new series of RIA lunchtime lectures on the immense achievements of Thomas Moore commences on Wednesday 9 October with a talk by Professor Harry White MRIA. Read White's comprehensive DIB entry on Moore.

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The DIB and DFAT100: Josephine McNeill and Mary Tinney

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

To mark the publication of Ireland: A voice among the nations and the current series of lunchtime lectures on Irish diplomacy, we're publishing the DIB biographies of Josephine McNeill (pictured above) and Mary Tinney,...

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