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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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The DIB at Christmas: Maureen Potter

Monday, 23 December 2019

Happy Christmas! We hope to evoke the festive spirit by publishing the DIB entry of actress and Christmas panto stalwart, Maureen Potter, by Lawrence William White. 

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan in the DIB

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

This evening (Tues 10 Dec), Fintan O'Toole delivers a lecture 'Biography and history: the case of the Sheridans' at the RIA as part of a celebratory evening marking ten years since the first volumes of the DIB were...

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DIB publishes new entry to celebrate Irish foreign affairs book launch

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

To mark the publication of Ireland: a voice among the nations by John Gibney, Michael Kennedy and Kate O'Malley, we are publishing the intriguing biography of Máire O'Brien who also features in the book. O'Brien will...

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New DIB publication: Transatlantic Lives

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

To celebrate the publication by the Ulster Historical Foundation of Transatlantic lives: the Irish experience in Colonial America, we publish the DIB entry on Anne Bonney, by Frances Clarke.

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Adomnán: the man behind the milestone law

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

To mark the publication of A history of Ireland in 100 words here is the biography of Adomnán, who makes an appearance in the entry for the word 'Cáin', tax laws, specifically the landmark Cáin Adomnáin (law of Adomnán...

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Queen Medb and the Irish language

Monday, 11 November 2019

To mark the publication of A history of Ireland in 100 words the DIB is publishing biographies of key figures from Irish history who make intriguing appearances in the new book. Queen Medb of Connacht, for example,...

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