Evers, Liz

Liz Evers joined the Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) project in 2018 and researches and writes DIB entries, primarily on twentieth century figures. She is also the project's copy editor. Liz has worked in the publishing industry in the UK and Ireland for many years, and is the author of a number of popular reference books. She has a background in journalism and communications, and is a graduate of UCD (BA English) and DCU (MA Film).

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Buckley, Christine

Buckley, Christine (1946–2014), nurse and advocate for survivors of childhood abuse in state institutions, was born Christine West on 10 October 1946 at Mile End Hospital, London, the daughter of Anna West (née Kershaw), a separated Dublin woman, and Ariwodo Kalunta from Nigeria, a…

Dwyer, Bernie

Dwyer, Bernie (1943–2013), journalist, filmmaker and political activist, was born in Dublin on 14 December 1943 to Mary (née Fagan) and Arthur Hannon , a clerk at Dublin Corporation. She spent her early childhood in Drimnagh, before the family moved to Sutton, Co. Dublin. She left…

Fields, Arthur

Fields, Arthur (1901–1994), photographer, known as the 'man on the bridge', was born Abraham Feldman on 27 October 1901 at home in Dublin to Ukrainian Jewish parents Malka (also known as 'Molly' or 'Mary'; née Sweed) and Simon Feldman, a draper, of 6 Raymond Street, Dublin 8. He had…

FitzGerald, Susan

FitzGerald, Susan (1949–2013), actor, was born on 28 May 1949 in Leicester, to Irish parents Emily FitzGerald (née Irwin) and William FitzGerald, a general practitioner. She was the eldest of six children, with three brothers and two sisters. The FitzGeralds were a well-connected…

Fleming, Marie

Fleming, Marie (1953–2013), campaigner for assisted suicide, was born Eileen Mary Brolly on 26 December 1953 in Lifford, Co. Donegal, the first of five children (two girls and three boys) to Annette (née Maxwell) and Daniel Brolly, a painter and decorator. In 1969, when she was…

Freyne, Seán

Freyne, Seán (1935–2013), theologian, was born on 23 April 1935 in Kilkelly, Co. Mayo, to John Vincent Frain, a warehouse manager and one-time IRA captain, and Lucy Ellen (née Flaherty), a primary school teacher. He had one older sister, Mary. Following his father's death in 1940…

Gibson, Violet Albina

Gibson, Violet Albina (1876–1956), failed assassin, was born 31 August 1876 in Dalkey, Co. Dublin, to Edward Gibson (qv), a wealthy lawyer and politician, and Frances Maria Adelaide Gibson (née Colles), the daughter of a barrister. Violet…

Hayden, Father Augustine

Hayden, Father Augustine (1870–1954), Capuchin priest, nationalist and Irish language advocate, was born John Hayden in November 1870, to William Hayden and Mary Hayden (née Morrisey) in Gowran, Kilkenny, and grew up in Blarney, Co. Cork, where his father was appointed railway station…

Kelly, Rosaline

Kelly, Rosaline (1922–2013), union official and media professional, was born on 27 November 1922 to Laurence Kelly, an insurance agent, and Ellen Kelly (née Fogarty) of 2 Sandyford Terrace, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Rosaline attended primary school at St Patrick's and St Philomena's…

Keohler (Keller), Thomas Goodwin

Keohler (Keller), Thomas Goodwin (1873–1942), writer, company secretary and long-time friend of James Joyce (qv), was born in Belfast on 19 June 1873 to Joshua William Keohler, a methodist who was in the flour business,…

McCormack (née Murphy), Inez Jane Mary

McCormack (née Murphy), Inez Jane Mary (1943–2013), human rights activist and trade unionist, was born on 28 September 1943 in Belfast to Francis Cecil Murphy, a printer, and his wife, Margaret Murphy (née Sterritt), a nurse. She had one older brother, Terence (b. 1942). When Inez…

McCullough, John Edward

McCullough, John Edward (1832–1885), actor, was born on 14 November 1832 in the family home in the townland of Blakes in Dunboe, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, the second of four children (one boy, three girls) to James McCullough, a presbyterian small farmer, and his wife Mary. Mary…

Merne, Oscar James

Merne, Oscar James (1943–2013), ornithologist and conservationist, was born on 6 November 1943 in Dublin to Oscar Sean Merne, a bank official, and Madeline Mary (née Patten). He was the middle child between two sisters, Morna (b. 1942) and Cloida (b. 1947). He attended school at the…

Mills, Rosaleen Patricia Broughton

Mills, Rosaleen Patricia Broughton (1905–1993), activist and educator, was born on 16 July 1905 in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, the fourth of five children of John Mills, medical director at the Connaught District Lunatic Asylum (later St Brigid's Hospital), Ballinasloe, and Rosetta…

Noonan, Michael Joseph

Noonan, Michael Joseph (1935–2013), politician, was born on 4 August 1935 in Crean, Bruff, Co. Limerick, the son of John Noonan, a farmer, and Hanorah Noonan (née Slattery) from a farming family. He was educated at the Salesian College in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, before studying for a…

Raftery, Mary Frances Thérèse

Raftery, Mary Frances Thérèse (1957–2012), campaigning journalist and documentary maker, was born on 21 December 1957 in Dublin to Adrian Raftery, an Irish diplomat, and Ita Raftery (née Elmes). She had one sister and two brothers. The family lived in France for much of her early life…

Robertson, Olivia Melian

Robertson, Olivia Melian (1917–2013), writer, artist and co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, was born on 13 April 1917 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, to Manning Durdin Robertson (qv), urban planner and architect,…

Share, Bernard Vivian

Share, Bernard Vivian (1930–2013), writer and editor, was born on 31 May 1930 in London to Irish parents Frederick Share, a civil servant, and May Share, who had emigrated there from Dublin. He lived in England until he was seventeen, attending school in Pinner, Middlesex, before…

Stoker, Florence

Stoker, Florence (1858–1937), literary executor and wife of Bram Stoker (qv), was born Florence Anne Lemon Balcombe on 17 July 1858 in Falmouth, Cornwall. She was one of seven children (five girls, two boys) of James Balcombe of…