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DIB launches Leaving Cert history resource

Monday, 21 September 2020

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. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Educational Resources

Educational resources for primary, second and third level students

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

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...

Publications, Art and Architecture of Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Decade of Centenaries, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, Educational Resources

DIB Explorers: Beatrice Grimshaw, author and traveller

Thursday, 30 July 2020

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...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB Explorers: Arthur Montagu Gwynn, doctor and naturalist

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

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’.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB Explorers: William Lamport, inspiration for Zorro

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Our next DIB explorer is William Lamport, who worked as a spy in Italy and Catalonia and plotted to seize control of Mexico City with a militia of indigenous mine workers.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB Explorers: Thomas Heazle Parke, army surgeon and African traveller

Monday, 20 July 2020

Our series of explorers continues with Thomas Heazle Parke, the first Irishman known to have crossed the continent of Africa. He once saved a man’s life by sucking arrow poison into his own mouth.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB Explorers: Annie S. D. Maunder, astronomer

Thursday, 16 July 2020

We continue our series of intrepid explorers with celebrated astronomer Annie Scott Dill Maunder who travelled the world observing and recording celestial phenomena and is known for her work on sunspot activity and...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

DIB Explorers: Lady Heath, aviator

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

With so many holiday plans on hold this summer, the DIB has compiled a selection of intrepid explorers we can accompany on their exciting travels. We start the series with Lady Heath, the first woman to complete a solo...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Kathleen Lonsdale in the DIB

Friday, 3 July 2020

Dictionary of Irish Biography entry for Kathleen Lonsdale (1903–71), X-ray crystallographer and pacifist by Enda Leaney and Linde Lunney.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Centenary of the Connaught Rangers Mutiny, 1920

Sunday, 28 June 2020

To mark the centenary of the 1920 Connaught Rangers Mutiny, John Gibney of DIFP and Kate O'Malley of DIB both took part in a recent History Ireland Hedge School podcast.

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy