11 June 2014

New e-Resource - The Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Library now offers permanent access to The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. 

It contains over 9,000 entries, covering 9,700 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2002.

Signed articles in the DIB outline the careers, at home and abroad, of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland.

Biographical subjects range from artists, scientists, lawyers, actors, musicians, writers and politicians, to criminals and saints. 

 "Publication of the RIA's Dictionary of Irish Biography is an epoch-making event in the history of Irish scholarship. It changes the state of knowledge in the twenty-first century as decidedly as the Ordnance Survey did in the nineteenth."
--Seamus Heaney

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