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Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set


  • Page extent: 9672 pages
  • Size: 242 x 180 mm
  • Weight: 22.2 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 941.50099
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: CT862 .D53 2009
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Ireland--Biography--Dictionaries

Library of Congress Record

9 Hardback books

 (ISBN-13: 9780521633314)

  • Published November 2009

Unavailable - out of print April 2018

$1,612.00 (R)

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. 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, 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 of the Dictionary include the particular attention paid to outstanding women who have previously been overlooked and its broad coverage of the modern period.

• 9 volumes, over 9,000 entries, covering 9,700 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2002
• Biographical subjects include: artists, scientists, lawyers, actors, musicians, writers, politicians, criminals, and saints
• Compiled by 700 expert advisors and contributors
• Articles range from 200 to 15,000 words, from fascinating short summaries to detailed assessments.

Also available for libraries as an electronic resource. Email for pricing details or a free trial.


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

Prize Winner

2009 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) for Best Multivolume Reference work in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Starred Review in Library Journal


"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, poet, Nobel Prize for Literature (1995)

"The Dictionary of Irish Biography will be greeted with delight by all those who study Irish literature and Irish history. It will not only make life easier for scholars and students, but become a palimpsest of the Irish acheivement over many centuries."
--Colm Tóibín, author of The Master and Brooklyn

"Imaginatively conceived, and meticulously edited, the Dictionary of Irish Biography fills, and fills handsomely, perhaps the most glaring of all gaps in Irish historiography, propelling Ireland into the very front rank internationally for reference works on this scale."
--J.J. Lee, Director, Glucksman Ireland House and Glucksman Professor of Irish Studies, New York University

"It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the publication of the multi-volume Dictionary of Irish Biography. It is a work of impressive scholarship and bears testimony to the high standards set by its editors. In many ways it marks the coming of age of Irish Studies as a discipline worldwide. The Dictionary is a composite work by the generation who achieved this and in its editors, James McGuire and James Quinn, it has had true leaders, with the patience and vision to pull together a work of remarkable and enduring quality. A truly momentous landmark has been reached."
--Marianne Elliott, Director, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

"Those producing this resource come with impressive credentials, especially McGuire, who is chair of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and a member of the Royal Irish Academy, under whose auspices the work was published. BOTTOM LINE Highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries where there is an interest in Celtic studies."
--Starred review in Library Journal

Click here for a full review at the Times Literary Supplement.

Click here for an article in the Globe & Mail.

"A testament to the scholarship and work of the editorial team....The online edition has a very good search function which includes advanced options."

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