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Dictionary of Irish Biography now open access

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

First launched in 2009, the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) has moved to an ‘open access’ model making its entire corpus of nearly 11,000 biographical entries freely available to all users for the first time at www....

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Lynn and Dunlevy: leading the fight against TB

Monday, 23 November 2020

In the final article of our three-part series on public health and infectious disease, we look at the development of ‘public health’ in Ireland, considering key figures in the area of tuberculosis eradication: Kathleen...

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Neville and Cameron: pioneers of life-saving sanitation

Monday, 16 November 2020

In the second of our three-part series on public health and infectious disease, we consider life-saving developments in sanitation in Dublin through the biographies of Parke Neville (1812–86), civil engineer,...

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Crawford and Stokes: key figures in combating yellow fever

Monday, 9 November 2020

In the first of a three-part series on public health and infectious disease, we introduce the biographies of doctor John Crawford (1746–1813) and bacteriologist Adrian Stokes (1887–1927), key figures in understanding...

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Black History Month: Phil Lynott

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

For Black History Month we revisit the life of Phil Lynott. Read how a boy from working class Dublin, who encountered hardship and difficulty in his life because of his ethnic heritage, became one of the world's...

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Alcohol in the DIB: Kate Meyrick

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Our series ends with Kate Meyrick, the notorious Irish ‘queen of nightclubs’ in 1920s London who was immortalised in the works of Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell.   

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Alcohol in the DIB: Theobald Mathew

Monday, 19 October 2020

We continue our series on alcohol in the DIB with famed temperance crusader Theobald Mathew.

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain in the DIB

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Today, 18 October 2020, marks fifty years since the death of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures of the twentieth century.

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Alcohol in the DIB: Constance Smith

Thursday, 15 October 2020

After bagging an enviable studio contract and choice film roles, Constance Smith was undone by Hollywood casting politics and subsided tragically into alcohol addiction.

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Alcohol in the DIB: Matt Talbot

Monday, 12 October 2020

Our series continues with Matt Talbot, Ireland’s most celebrated reformed alcoholic. Talbot achieved posthumous fame by embracing a life of pious austerity with the same lack of moderation that had formerly...

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