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Today, 18 October 2020, marks fifty years since the death of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures of the twentieth century.
After bagging an enviable studio contract and choice film roles, Constance Smith was undone by Hollywood casting politics and subsided tragically into alcohol addiction.
Our series continues with Matt Talbot, Ireland’s most celebrated reformed alcoholic. Talbot achieved posthumous fame by embracing a life of pious austerity with the same lack of moderation that had formerly...
A victim of her husband’s alcoholism, and unwilling to play the expected role of the patiently suffering wife, Lady Catherine Morgan became the focus of nineteenth-century Ireland’s most sensational divorce case.
At a time when Ireland's relationship with alcohol is increasingly under the spotlight, the DIB has complied a selection of biographies dealing with drinking and responses to it. We start our series with John MacBride,...
This teaching resource for second-level history, based on the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series, uses original documents to explore Ireland's experience of the Second World War; the 'Emergency'.
The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) has created a new resource for Leaving Cert history students comprised of forty biographies of major Irish figures from Daniel O'Connell to Seamus Heaney.
The Royal Irish Academy has developed teaching material that is of use in the classroom. Designed to be both stimulating to students and integral to the relevant school curriculum, the goal is to motivate and inspire...
The last explorer in our series is Beatrice Ethel Grimshaw, who started her career as a sports journalist and long-distance cyclist before travelling extensively in the South Seas and Australasia and settling in Papua...
A medical doctor, naturalist and explorer, the intrepid Arthur Montagu Gwynn was described by one of his granddaughters as ‘having a gun under his bed, a bullet hole in his arm and crocodile skins under his stairs’.