Dictionary of Irish Biography


The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) is a biographical dictionary of notable Irish people and people not born in the country who had notable careers in Ireland, including both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.[1] It was published as a nine-volume set in 2009 by Cambridge University Press in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and contained about 9,000 entries.[1] The 2009 version of the dictionary was also published online via a digital subscription and was predominately used by academics, researchers, and civil servants. An online version is now open access, having been launched on 17 March 2021 (St. Patrick's Day), and new entries are added to that version periodically. Funding is from the Higher Education Authority, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Dublin City Council Libraries.[2] The biographies range from 200-15,000 words in length, with about 11,000 entries in total as of March 2021.[3][4][5]

For subjects to be eligible for inclusion, they must be deceased for at least five years and must either be born on the island of Ireland or have had a significant career there.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dictionary of Irish Biography 9 Volume Set, Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ "The DIB will be free-to-access in spring 2021". Royal Irish Academy (Press release). 12 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Irish Biographies launched online". IrishCentral.com. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  4. ^ Dictionary of Irish Biography home page
  5. ^ a b Clavin, Terry. "Read all about us: The Dictionary of Irish Biography is now open access". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 March 2022.