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Favourite DIB lives: R. M. Barrington, ornithologist

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Selected by Dr Eoin Kinsella (Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), R. M. Barrington (1849–1915) teamed up with lighthouse keepers around the country to develop Irish ornithology's seminal work on bird migration...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Favourite DIB lives at Easter: the Pearse brothers

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Selected and illustrated by David Rooney (illustrator of the DIB book: 1916 Portraits and Lives), Easter rising leader Patrick Pearse and his brother William were executed a day apart for their roles in the...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Favourite DIB lives: Virgilius Maro Grammaticus

Monday, 6 April 2020

Selected by Dr Anthony Harvey of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS), Virgilius Maro Grammaticus was an enigmatic author and a gifted coiner of new Latin words. His biography...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Favourite DIB lives: John Philip Holland, submarine inventor

Monday, 6 April 2020

Selected by the DIB's Dr Niav Gallagher, John Philip Holland was the inventor of the submarine, a vessel initially rejected by the US navy as ‘a fantastic scheme of a civilian landsman’. Holland's biography is...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Favourite DIB lives: Dr Noel Browne, politician and physician

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Selected by friend of the DIB, historian Dr Niamh Puirséil, Dr Noel Browne is celebrated for his efforts to combat TB and to deliver free healthcare to mothers and children during his time as minister for health (1948–...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

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 for your...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

The DIB and the first Seanad election

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The last RIA Library blog post by Siobhán Fitzpatrick, who retires this week, was on The First Seanad Éireann. To complement it we are publishing below the DIB entry on Jennie Wyse Power (1858–1941),...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

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...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

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

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