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The DIB in Music: Phil Lynott

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

On what would have been his 70th birthday, read about the life of one of Ireland's famous rockers, Phil Lynott, by Dr James Quinn.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Iris Kellett, renowned equestrian

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

To mark the start of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show and an exhibition celebrating 100 years of women showjumpers at the RDS, we are publishing the DIB entry on Iris Kellett, one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Irish educators abroad: Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita)

Monday, 29 July 2019

Dungannon born Margaret Noble is better known in India as Sister Nivedita, educator and political activist. Read the DIB entry for her by Maurice Hayes.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

The DIB on the Fourth of July: First Mother

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Read about the life of Elizabeth Jackson, the mother of America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who hailed from Co. Antrim, by Dr Linde Lunney.

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Pride month DIB entry: Philip Chevron

Saturday, 29 June 2019

To mark Pride 2019 we are publishing our recent entry on celebrated musician and activist Philip Chevron (1957–2013), writer of the heartfelt 'Under Clery's clock' about his experience as a gay man in 1980s Dublin.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

New DIB lives: cat burglar to the stars

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

This week we added thirty-nine new lives to the DIB online. One of the more intriguing is Peter Gulston, a notorious thief once cursed by Sophia Loren. Read our entry by Niav Gallagher below.

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Pride month DIB entry: the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

To mark Pride 2019 the DIB is publishing its entries on celebrated diarist Sarah Ponsonby (1755–1831) and her life partner Lady Eleanor Butler (c.1739–1829), known as the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’.

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Celebrating Bloomsday: James Joyce in the DIB

Sunday, 16 June 2019

To mark Bloomsday (16 June) the DIB is publishing its full, unedited entry for James Joyce by Bruce Bradley.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Celebrating Bloomsday: Nora Barnacle in the DIB

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The DIB is publishing its entry for Nora Barnacle, life-partner of James Joyce. The couple had their first date on 16 June 1904, a date immortalised in his novel Ulysses (1922) and thereafter celebrated as 'Bloomsday'....

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Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki

Monday, 10 June 2019

Read the DIB entry for Paul Strzelecki, the Polish humanitarian whose efforts saved up to 200,000 children during the Great Irish Famine. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography


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