Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 by James McGuireDictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002 by James McGuire

Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002

EditorJames McGuire, James Quinn

Hardcover | November 25, 2009

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Where do saints rub shoulders with sinners, and eccentrics brush up against pillars of the community? In the monumental Dictionary of Irish Biography, just published by Cambridge University Press with the Royal Irish Academy and edited by James McGuire and James Quinn. At over 8 million words, it is the biggest work ever published on the lives of the Irish. The Dictionary is made up of 9,700 biographies written by over 700 contributors, and spans over two thousand years of Ireland's history. It includes the entries on those who made a significant contribution in both Ireland and abroad-from St. Patrick to Brian Boru, Grainne O'Malley to Maureen O'Sullivan, The Clancy Brothers to Jack Dempsey, Arthur Guinness to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Samuel Beckett to Christy Brown and Michael Collins to Bobby Sands. The biographies are arranged alphabetically from Jacques Abbadie (d. 1727), a Huguenot refugee who became dean of Killaloe, through to Zozimus (aka Michael Moran) d. 1846), the Liberties-born balladeer. St Brigit is the earliest woman featured and the earliest man was Palladius, an envoy sent to Ireland by Pope Celestine. The most recent biographical subject is Dorothy Walker, writer and critic, who died in December 2002. Approximately 1,000 of the 9,700 people featured were born outside of Ireland. The shortest-lived person in the Dictionary is Nellie Organ (1903-08), a pious child from Co. Waterford, whose cause for beatification received widespread popular support after her death The most common surnames in the Dictionary are: O'Connor, Butler, O'Brien, Mac/McCarthy and Murphy. Amongst the least well known figures are: Vere Goold, the only Wimbledon finalist to have been convicted of murder, and Percy Ludgate from Skibbereen, Co Cork who was a pioneer in digital computing. This nine-volume work has recently been awarded the 2009 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) for Best Multivolume Reference work in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Title:Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002Format:HardcoverDimensions:9672 pages, 9.53 × 7.09 × 8.07 inPublished:November 25, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521633311

ISBN - 13:9780521633314

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

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