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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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Alice Kyteler: Ireland's first witch

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

To mark Samhain we present the biography of Alice Kyteler, the first recorded person to be condemned for sorcery in Ireland.

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The Durdin-Robertsons, high priests of spaceship earth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Read the DIB entries for the eccentric Durdin-Robertson siblings who established their own goddess cult in the bowels of Huntington castle in Carlow, and are among the subjects of a new exhibition 'Operating Manual For...

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The DIB and the Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland's All Black

Friday, 18 October 2019

To mark Ireland meeting New Zealand on Saturday 19 October, in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup 2019, we are publishing the DIB entry on Dave Gallaher, the first captain of the New Zealand All Blacks, by...

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The DIB and 'Renaissance Galway'

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

To celebrate the publication of Renaissance Galway: delineating the seventeenth-century city by Paul Walsh, we publish the DIB entry on Walter Lynch, by Terry Clavin, below. A vicar of St Nicholas's collegiate church,...

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The DIB and the RCPI St Luke's Symposium

Monday, 14 October 2019

This Thursday 17 October, Turlough O'Riordan of the DIB, will be speaking to the RCPI St Luke's Symposium about the life and career of Dr Barbara Stokes. To mark his talk, entitled 'Every damn child can learn', we...

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