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Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography
From the Earliest Times to the Year 2010
11 Hardback Volume Set


  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108378499

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  • Published in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy, the Dictionary of Irish Biography is a comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work available both in print and online for Ireland. From James Ussher to James Joyce, St Patrick to Patrick Pearse, St Brigit to Maud Gonne MacBride, Maria Edgeworth to Elizabeth Bowen, Edward Carson to Bobby Sands, Éamon de Valera to Charles J. Haughey, and David Ervine to George Best, this indispensable resource 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. Distinctive features include the particular attention paid to outstanding women who have previously been overlooked and its broad coverage of the modern period. These 11 volumes contain fascinating short summaries and detailed assessments that document over 10,000 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2010. Biographical subjects include: artists, scientists, lawyers, actors, musicians, writers, politicians, criminals, and saints.

    • Presents 11 volumes charting over 10,000 lives, with each entry providing helpful cross-references to other subjects
    • Contains articles which range from 200 to 15,000 words, providing both lively short summaries and detailed assessments
    • Produced in association with the Royal Irish Academy
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    '… the range, meticulous scholarship and accomplished style of the entries transformed Irish biographical research. The latest supplementary volumes, again heroically edited by James Quinn and James McGuire, are well up to these stringent standards.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108378499
    • dimensions: 265 x 205 x 183 mm
    • weight: 25.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Lists of: editors, advisors, contributors
    Guide to entries
    List of abbreviations
    A-Z entries.

  • Editors

    James McGuire, University College Dublin
    James McGuire is an early modern historian, who taught Irish history at University College Cork and afterwards at University College Dublin. Joint editor of Irish Historical Studies (1987–92), he was appointed Chairman of the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 2003, and in 2007 he was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

    James Quinn, University College Dublin
    James Quinn has worked as an editor and contributor with the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography project since 1995. He has written widely on various aspects of Irish nationalism, biography and historiography. His publications include Soul on Fire: A Life of Thomas Russell (2001), John Mitchel (2008) and Young Ireland and the writing of Irish history (2015).

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