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Cardinal John Henry Newman in the DIB

Saturday, 12 October 2019

On 13 October 2019 John Henry Newman, cardinal and founder of the Catholic University of Ireland (now UCD), will be canonised by Pope Francis. To mark this occasion, we are publishing the DIB's Newman entry by...

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Thomas Moore in the DIB

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

A new series of RIA lunchtime lectures on the immense achievements of Thomas Moore commences on Wednesday 9 October with a talk by Professor Harry White MRIA. Read White's comprehensive DIB entry on Moore.

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The DIB and DFAT100: Josephine McNeill and Mary Tinney

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

To mark the publication of Ireland: A voice among the nations and the current series of lunchtime lectures on Irish diplomacy, we're publishing the DIB biographies of Josephine McNeill (pictured above) and Mary Tinney,...

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The DIB and DFAT100: William Warnock

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

To mark the publication of Ireland: A voice among the nations, read about William Warnock below, Ireland's first ambassador to India.

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The DIB and DFAT100: Harry Boland

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

To mark the publication of Ireland: A voice among the nations, and John Gibney's lunchtime lecture on ‘Sinn Féin ‘diplomats’ and the Irish revolution, 1919-23’, we publish the DIB entry on Harry Boland, by the late...

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The DIB and Christ Church cathedral: Sitriuc Silkbeard

Monday, 16 September 2019

This coming Friday Terry Clavin will be speaking at Christ Church Cathedral on the many DIB lives connected to the institution throughout its rich history. To mark this event read the DIB entry on Sitriuc Silkbeard...

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The DIB and Rugby World Cup 2019: the 'father of Irish rugby'

Friday, 13 September 2019

To mark the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, we publish below the DIB entry on Sir Charles Burton Barrington (1848–1943), integral to the establishment of Rugby Football in Ireland, by Shaun Boylan.

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Camogie legends in the DIB: Kay Mills

Friday, 6 September 2019

For this weekend's All-Ireland camogie final we are revisiting the life of Kathleen 'Kay' Mills who won fifteen All-Ireland senior medals. Read her entry below by Mary Moran.

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Dublin and Kerry GAA legends in the DIB: Kevin Heffernan and Páidí Ó Sé

Friday, 30 August 2019

Archrivals Dublin and Kerry are facing off in a much-anticipated all-Ireland final. To mark that event we are publishing the biographies of two GAA titans of these counties.

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: The Sam Maguire

Friday, 30 August 2019

It’s All Ireland Final weekend, find out about the inspiration for the Sam Maguire cup……

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