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Karl Marx and the DIB: Mary Burns

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Coinciding with the opening in the IFI of the narrative film The young Karl Marx we feature a prominent figure in the film, Mary Burns.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Karl Marx and the DIB

Thursday, 3 May 2018

This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the German scholar and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx on 5 May 1818. At intervals throughout the month, we will feature articles from the Royal Irish Academy’s...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Valentin Iremonger, Irish poet and diplomat

Monday, 19 February 2018

To celebrate the centenary of Valentin Iremonger's birth we are posting his entry in the Dictionary of Irish Biography by Bridget Hourican

Dictionary of Irish Biography

100th anniversary of the birth of Sheila Tinney, MRIA

Friday, 12 January 2018

We are commemorating the100th anniversary of Sheila Tinney's birth one of our first female Members on 15th January 2018.

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Public Engagement, STEM Education

Fifty-seven new lives added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography online

Monday, 8 January 2018

Amongst the 57 new lives added to the DIB online in December 2017, our third batch of ‘Missing Persons’, you can read about the architect Hebert Simms (1898–1948), Theosophist and man of letters.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Maria Edgeworth's 250th anniversary

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), novelist, essayist, and educationist is on 1st January 2018.

Dictionary of Irish Biography, Public Engagement

DIB lives: Conor Cruise O'Brien

Friday, 3 November 2017

Marking the centenary of his birth, 3 November 1917, we post the Dictionary of Irish Biography entry on Conor Cruise O'Brien (d. 2008) by Frank Callanan.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Thomas Ashe

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

To mark the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe on 25 September 1917 we have published online his biography from our project the Dictionary of Irish Biography.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Thirty-eight new lives added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography online

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A range of fascinating lives feature in the June 2017 update to the Dictionary of Irish Biography, which comprises those who died between the years 2010 and 2011.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Haliday Collection & the DIB: J. P. Prendergast

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

John Patrick Prendergast, author of The Cromwellian settlement of Ireland (1863), supported the publication of Haliday's Scandinavian kingdom of Dublin (1882), and recorded details of Haliday's life for posterity.

Library, Dictionary of Irish Biography


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