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Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Irish Biography
2 Volume HB Set


  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108587907

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  • Published in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy, The Dictionary of Irish Biography is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work available both in print and online for Ireland. Bringing the collection up to date, volumes 10 and 11 include substantial and original biographical articles on a variety of important figures in the recent Irish past. Most notably discussed are the novelist John McGahern, politicians Charles J. Haughey, David Ervine and Mo Mowlam, the footballer George Best, the businessman Tony Ryan, the journalist and writer Nuala O'Faolain, the architect Sam Stephenson, the snooker player Alex Higgins, and the comedian Dave Allen. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in this period and covers over 600 prominent figures in recent Irish history.

    • Includes over 150 additional 'missing persons' not included in the previous 9 volumes
    • An accurate and up-to-date resource covering all of the significant Irish-born figures who died between 2003–10
    • Provides substantial and comprehensive biographical treatments of all its subjects
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… [a] monumental and handsomely produced … [book] … These volumes have the cumulative effect of being deeply moving: an archive of lives lived, and captured by means of careful and scrupulous memorialisation.' Neil Hegarty, The Irish Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108587907
    • dimensions: 248 x 185 x 74 mm
    • weight: 3.31kg
    • 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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