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Favourite DIB lives: John Atherton, woeful sinner

Friday, 3 April 2020

Selected by RIA historian Dr John Gibney (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), John Atherton was an infamous seventeenth-century cleric. Atherton's biography is part of a series of DIB entries selected by RIA...

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Favourite DIB lives: Mike Butt, restaurateur

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Selected by RIA historian Dr Michael Kennedy (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Mahmood 'Mike' Butt is best known as the man who introduced Ireland to curry. Butt's biography is the first in a new series of DIB...

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Discover our eBook collection

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Did you know that many of our books are available in digital format? Here’s the list.

Publications, 1916 Portraits and Lives, Judging Shaw, Art and Architecture of Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Decade of Centenaries, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

Saint Patrick in the DIB

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

To celebrate St Patrick's day, we publish the DIB entry on Ireland's patron saint, by Cormac Bourke.

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Ernie O'Malley

Friday, 13 March 2020

I gcomhar le Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU agus Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge, tá beathaisnéis Ernie O'Malley aistrithe mar chomóradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2020. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Maud Gonne MacBride

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

I gcomhar le Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU agus Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge, tá beathaisnéis Maud Gonne MacBride aistrithe mar chomóradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2020. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Mícheál Ó Coileáin

Monday, 9 March 2020

I gcomhar le Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU agus Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge, tá beathaisnéis Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin aistrithe mar chomóradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2020. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge

Irish would-be assassin Violet Gibson makes feature film debut

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Forgotten for many years, the Irish woman who shot Benito Mussolini is the subject of a new film premiering at the Dublin International Film Festival this month. Read the DIB's recent entry on her remarkable life.

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New DIB 'missing person': Mary Young

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Another fascinating missing person recently added to the DIB, Mary Young (aka Jenny Diver), was a thief from the north of Ireland who gained notoriety as head of a gang of pickpockets in early 1700s London....

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Thom 'The Diceman' McGinty: street performer and Dublin legend

Thursday, 27 February 2020

It is twenty-five years since the death of Thom McGinty: street performer and gay activist and icon, known to Dubliners as 'The Diceman'. 

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