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Favourite DIB lives: Michael Dillon, trans man, doctor, Buddhist monk, writer

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Selected by the DIB's Liz Evers, Michael Dillon is a remarkable figure whose brave quest for self understanding and freedom led him to transition from female to male, West to East, Christianity to Buddhism. Dillon'...

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Favourite DIB lives: Asenath Nicholson, American philanthropist

Friday, 15 May 2020

Selected by Bláithín Ní Chatháin of the Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project of the Digital Repository of Ireland,* American philanthropist Asenath Nicholson came to Ireland during the famine years to support...

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Favourite DIB lives: James Redpath, American journalist

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Selected and written by Dr Patrick Maume of the DIB, James Redpath was an American journalist and anti-slavery campaigner who became an outspoken advocate of the Land League in Ireland.

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Favourite DIB lives: Thomas Phillips, military surveyor and map-maker

Monday, 11 May 2020

Selected by Sarah Gearty, cartographic editor of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Thomas Phillips was a seventeenth-century military surveyor. His biography is part of our Favourite DIB lives #...

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Favourite DIB lives: John Ferrar, historian, printer and public man

Friday, 8 May 2020

Selected by Jennifer Moore of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, John Ferrar made a significant contribution to printing in Ireland, as well as the writing of local histories. His biography is part of our Favourite...

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Favourite DIB lives: John Scottus Eriugena, medieval scholar

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Selected by Dr Joseph Flahive of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, John Scottus Eriugena was a prolific medieval scholar of Latin and Greek, 'rediscovered' in the nineteenth century....

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Favourite DIB lives: Ernest Shackleton, explorer

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Selected by Dr Juliana Adelman of DCU, and introduced by Kevin Kenny (Shackleton Autumn School) and Professor Jim McAdam (Shackleton Scholarship Committee), Ernest Shackleton had a gift for coping with crisis and...

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Favourite DIB lives: James Deeny, medical doctor and public health official

Friday, 1 May 2020

Selected by the DIB's Turlough O'Riordan, doctor James Deeny was a leading public health figure in Ireland, and internationally, with the World Health Organisation. Widely respected for his scientifically...

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Favourite DIB lives: Henry MacCormac, physician

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Selected by the DIB’s Terry Clavin, Henry MacCormac’s work in mitigating the worst effects of the 1832 Asian cholera epidemic provides inspiration for our times. His entry is part of our #LockdownReading series.

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Favourite DIB lives: Sir Charles Alexander Cameron, medical officer

Monday, 27 April 2020

Selected by Dr Frank Cullen (Irish Historic Towns Atlas), Sir Charles Cameron was a Victorian polymath who served as Chief Medical Officer for Dublin and instituted significant advances in health and sanitation for the...

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