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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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Pride month DIB entry: the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

To mark Pride 2019 the DIB is publishing its entries on celebrated diarist Sarah Ponsonby (1755–1831) and her life partner Lady Eleanor Butler (c.1739–1829), known as the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’.

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Celebrating Bloomsday: James Joyce in the DIB

Sunday, 16 June 2019

To mark Bloomsday (16 June) the DIB is publishing its full, unedited entry for James Joyce by Bruce Bradley.

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Celebrating Bloomsday: Nora Barnacle in the DIB

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The DIB is publishing its entry for Nora Barnacle, life-partner of James Joyce. The couple had their first date on 16 June 1904, a date immortalised in his novel Ulysses (1922) and thereafter celebrated as 'Bloomsday'. 

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Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki

Monday, 10 June 2019

Read the DIB entry for Paul Strzelecki, the Polish humanitarian whose efforts saved up to 200,000 children during the Great Irish Famine. 

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The feast of St Colum Cille (Columba)

Sunday, 9 June 2019

To mark the feast day of Colum Cille (Columba) on 9 June, the DIB is publishing its entry by Aidan Breen on the Irish saint who founded the influential monastery at Iona.

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D-Day entry: Columbanus Deegan

Thursday, 6 June 2019

To mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day the DIB is publishing its entry on Columbanus Deegan, one of the many Irish men and women who took part in the intense final push in 1944 in France.

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DIB entry of the day: Mary Ann Hutton

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Today we present the biography of the remarkable Irish-language scholar and writer Mary Ann Hutton (1862–1953): the first woman to be proposed for, and refused, membership of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Two women and the Royal Irish Academy

Monday, 27 May 2019

In this month's Library Blog post, Turlough O'Riordan of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, looks at the issues surrounding the election of women to the Royal Irish Academy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

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