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New DIB 'missing person': Fay Taylour

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Pioneering motorist Fay Taylour joins the DIB in our latest batch of 'missing persons'. Born in Offaly in 1904, she won multiple major motorcycle and car racing titles against both male and female competitors.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Brehon law manuscripts reunited for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

This month's Library Blog post looks at the sixteenth-century Irish law manuscript from the Academy collection currently on display in Galway City Museum.

Library, Library Blog

Brendan O'Leary Hon. MRIA in conversation with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Listen to Brendan O’Leary Hon. MRIA discuss his latest three volume book A Treatise on Northern Ireland with Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor, News Letter.

Membership, Public Engagement

New DIB 'missing person': Nicholas Nolan

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Another new 'mssing persons' entry to the DIB is Nicholas Nolan (pictured above holding gloves), secretary to the Government and secretary of the Department of the Taoiseach (1961–72). A painstakingly...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

New DIB 'missing person': Pat Tierney

Monday, 13 January 2020

Street poet and activist, Pat Tierney, has recently been added to the DIB as a 'missing person'. In his writings Tierney candidly explored the trauma and abuse he experienced as a child in industrial schools.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

New DIB 'missing person': Mary Bonaventura Browne

Friday, 10 January 2020

Our latest batch of 'missing persons' adds sixty-six fascinating figures from Irish history to the DIB. Today we're publishing Terry Clavin's new entry for Mary Bonaventura Browne, an abbess of the Poor Clares...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

New DIB 'missing person' : London's 'queen of the nightclubs'

Thursday, 9 January 2020

To mark the publication of our latest batch of 'missing persons', we publish the entry on Kate Meyrick by Margaret Elliott, below. Seated centre in the image above from 1928, Meyrick dominated the London nightclub...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

'Missing person' Florence Stoker added to DIB

Monday, 6 January 2020

Florence Stoker, Oscar Wilde's 'first love' and the woman whose canny management of her husband Bram's estate helped make 'Dracula' a household name, is among the sixty-six 'missing persons' (twenty-eight of whom...

Dictionary of Irish Biography

The DIB at Christmas: Maureen Potter

Monday, 23 December 2019

Happy Christmas! We hope to evoke the festive spirit by publishing the DIB entry of actress and Christmas panto stalwart, Maureen Potter, by Lawrence William White. 

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Printers’ devices from the Royal Irish Academy's early print collections: Johannes Hamman.

Monday, 23 December 2019

This is the first in a series of posts exploring printers’ devices in the early printed books of the library’s collections.

Library, Library Blog


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