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Dictionary of Irish Biography is pleased to announce that the Dictionary of Irish Biography online is now available to all schools on the Schools Broadband Network (SBN). Thanks to the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press for kindly providing Irish post-primary students and their teachers with access to this comprehensive resource.

Teacher Lesson Activities - uploaded by an Irish History teacher (January 2017) and engaging with DIB biographies:

The Dictionary, the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work for Ireland, surveys the historical experience of the island of Ireland and 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.

The Dictionary is widely applicable to the Leaving Certificate History syllabus at both ordinary and higher level, especially the ‘key personalities’ emanating from each topic of study. Both the Early Modern Irish History: 1494–1815 and the Later Modern Irish History: 1815–1993 fields of study are well covered by the breadth and range of the Dictionary.

The comprehensive range of biographies featured will also be of considerable use to students of English, Irish, foreign languages, Geography, Science, Technology, the arts, Music, Religion and any area in which there were outstanding achievers.

The Dictionary allows searching by name and ‘free text’ from the homepage:

Screenshot of searching on DIB

The Dictionary’s advanced search capabilities, accessed via the 'Advanced Search’ button, allow more precise searching using dates of birth or death, places of birth or death, gender, religion, career/occupation, and various free text options:

Screenshot of searching on DIB
Introduction to Using the Dictionary of Irish Biography (8 mins)


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