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Celebrating Irish women: Kathleen Lynn

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Suffragist, nationalist and medical practitioner, Kathleen Lynn, is among the remarkable women featured in the RIA's exhibition 'A celebration of Irish women'

Publications, 1916 Portraits and Lives, Dictionary of Irish Biography

Celebrating Irish women: Constance Markievicz

Monday, 3 February 2020

The Royal Irish Academy is hosting an exhibition in celebration of Irish women running from St Brigid’s Day (1 February) to International Women’s Day (8 March). One of the remarkable women featured is Constance ...

Publications, 1916 Portraits and Lives, Dictionary of Irish Biography

Celebrating the women of Ireland this Brigid's Day

Saturday, 1 February 2020

The Royal Irish Academy is marking Brigid’s Day (1 Feb) with an exhibition of remarkable Irish women at Academy House. To mark this event, the DIB is publishing our entry for the woman (or goddess) herself: Brigit, by...

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The DIB and the Six Nations: Ireland's first Grand Slam

Friday, 31 January 2020

Hope springs eternal as Ireland approach their opening fixure of the 2020 Six Nations, against Scotland, on Saturday 1 February. To mark Ireland's first ever Grand Slam, in 1948, we publish the DIB entry on Karl Mullen...

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New DIB 'missing person': Fay Taylour

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Pioneering motorist Fay Taylour joins the DIB in our latest batch of 'missing persons'. Born in Offaly in 1904, she won multiple major motorcycle and car racing titles against both male and female competitors.

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New DIB 'missing person': Nicholas Nolan

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Another new 'mssing persons' entry to the DIB is Nicholas Nolan (pictured above holding gloves), secretary to the Government and secretary of the Department of the Taoiseach (1961–72). A painstakingly efficient...

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New DIB 'missing person': Pat Tierney

Monday, 13 January 2020

Street poet and activist, Pat Tierney, has recently been added to the DIB as a 'missing person'. In his writings Tierney candidly explored the trauma and abuse he experienced as a child in industrial schools.

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New DIB 'missing person': Mary Bonaventura Browne

Friday, 10 January 2020

Our latest batch of 'missing persons' adds sixty-six fascinating figures from Irish history to the DIB. Today we're publishing Terry Clavin's new entry for Mary Bonaventura Browne, an abbess of the Poor Clares order...

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New DIB 'missing person' : London's 'queen of the nightclubs'

Thursday, 9 January 2020

To mark the publication of our latest batch of 'missing persons', we publish the entry on Kate Meyrick by Margaret Elliott, below. Seated centre in the image above from 1928, Meyrick dominated the London nightclub scene...

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'Missing person' Florence Stoker added to DIB

Monday, 6 January 2020

Florence Stoker, Oscar Wilde's 'first love' and the woman whose canny management of her husband Bram's estate helped make 'Dracula' a household name, is among the sixty-six 'missing persons' (twenty-eight of whom are...

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