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Monday, 9 October 2023

Constructing an interactive network graph of early modern Ireland

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A rising tide: women and the natural sciences in nineteenth-century Ireland (Part 2)

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

In this month’s two-part Dictionary of Irish Biography blog, Niav Gallagher highlights the careers of several Irish women who made important contributions to the natural sciences in the nineteenth century, despite the...

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A Rising Tide: women and the natural sciences in nineteenth-century Ireland (Part 1)

Tuesday, 5 September 2023

In this month’s Dictionary of Irish Biography blog, Niav Gallagher discusses a group of pioneering Irish woman botanists. Various barriers limited their participation in the natural sciences, yet these intrepid women –...

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Culture Night 2023

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Irish Academy will once again be participating in Culture Night on Friday 22 September 2023 and will be open to the public from 17:00 to 21:00.

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Renaming (and legalising) an Army

Tuesday, 1 August 2023

In this month’s Dictionary of Irish Biography blog, Eoin Kinsella marks the centenary of the legislation that formally established the Irish Defence Forces.

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A short history of Irish Jazz

Monday, 3 July 2023

In the first of a new series of monthly blog posts drawing on the riches of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, Liz Evers charts the arrival of jazz in the 1910s and the evolution of the Irish jazz scene over the past...

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DIB publishes diverse mix of new entries April 2023

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

This April the Dictionary of Irish Biography is publishing 40 new entries, including a mix of contemporary figures, ‘missing persons’, specially commissioned biographies for our recently published book, Irish Sporting...

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Interview with 'Irish Sporting Lives' editors Terry Clavin and Turlough O'Riordan (Books Ireland Magazine)

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Forgotten heroes, unforgettable failures, the tragic, talented lives cut short – would they feel disappointed to be lost to the archives or do they think they expected to end up there at all? Fiona Murphy of Books...

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