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DIB in Schools

The Dictionary of Irish Biography online is now available to Irish secondary schools. On-site access, facilitated through Scoilnet ( is now available to all pupils and teachers in every school in Ireland. Simply go to or log in to Scoilnet and click on the 'Dictionary of Irish Biography' icon.

The Dictionary, the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work for Ireland, surveys the historical experience of the island of Ireland. It outlines the careers at home and overseas of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland.

The Dictionary is widely applicable to the Leaving Certificate History syllabus at both ordinary and higher level, especially the ‘key personalities’ emanating from each topic of study. Both the ‘Early Modern Irish History: 1494–1815’ and the ‘Later Modern Irish History: 1815–1993’ fields of study are extensively covered by the breadth and range of the Dictionary.

The comprehensive range of over 10,000 lives found in the Dictionary are of considerable use to students of English, Irish, foreign languages, geography, science, technology, the arts, music, religion and any area in which there were outstanding achievers.

The Dictionary allows searching by name and ‘free text’ from the homepage:

DIB online search box

The Dictionary’s advanced search capabilities, accessed via the 'Advanced Search’ button, allow more precise searching using dates of birth or death, places of birth or death, gender, religion, career/occupation, and various free text options:

DIB online advanced search

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