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Crawford and Stokes: key figures in combating yellow fever

Monday, 9 November 2020

In the first of a three-part series on public health and infectious disease, we introduce the biographies of doctor John Crawford (1746–1813) and bacteriologist Adrian Stokes (1887–1927), key figures in understanding...

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Black History Month: Phil Lynott

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

For Black History Month we revisit the life of Phil Lynott. Read how a boy from working class Dublin, who encountered hardship and difficulty in his life because of his ethnic heritage, became one of the world's biggest...

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Alcohol in the DIB: Kate Meyrick

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Our series ends with Kate Meyrick, the notorious Irish ‘queen of nightclubs’ in 1920s London who was immortalised in the works of Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell.   

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Alcohol in the DIB: Theobald Mathew

Monday, 19 October 2020

We continue our series on alcohol in the DIB with famed temperance crusader Theobald Mathew.

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain in the DIB

Sunday, 18 October 2020

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.

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Alcohol in the DIB: Constance Smith

Thursday, 15 October 2020

After bagging an enviable studio contract and choice film roles, Constance Smith was undone by Hollywood casting politics and subsided tragically into alcohol addiction.

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Alcohol in the DIB: Matt Talbot

Monday, 12 October 2020

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...

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Alcohol in the DIB: Lady Catherine Morgan

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

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. 

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Alcohol in the DIB: John MacBride

Monday, 5 October 2020

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,...

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DIFP second-level teaching resource on Ireland and World War Two

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

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'.

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