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Dictionary of Irish Biography Print and Online

Eleven volumes of the Dictionary of Irish Biography have been published by Cambridge University Press to date, volumes I to IX in 2009 and volumes X and XI in 2018, as well as numerous online supplements.

The hard copy volumes feature 9,600 lives from Ireland’s earliest history up to 2010, and is an indispensable work of reference for scholars, journalists, broadcasters, diplomats, and the general reader interested in Ireland’s past or in biography.

Ordering the print edition

All eleven volumes of the Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2009 and 2018) can be ordered worldwide.

The following are the addresses or online links for you to choose, depending on where you live:

Ireland: contact Brookside Publishing Services (email or phone +353 1 278 4225)

Britain: or phone +44 1223 326050
America, Canada and South America:
Australia and New Zealand:

Online subscriptions

All entries of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, including those written since the publication of the hard copy volumes (totally nearly 11,000 lives) are available with an online subscription from:

For a full list of the lives added to the Dictionary the volumes were published please visit

Subscription to the Dictionary online is available to institutions and libraries around the world. Institutions seeking free trials, price quotes, consortia and multi-site licence pricing, or further information, should contact:

‘This is an essential reference work for the study of Ireland. The database is affordable for all types of libraries and offers just the right complement of bells and whistles. Although the well-known biographies are available from any number of biographical resources, for serious studies of Ireland the breadth of content here is invaluable and will attract scholars, journalists, teachers, and general readers alike.’ Library Journal, 15 April 2012.


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