‘Grangegorman lives’ will feature over sixty biographies from the Dictionary of Irish Biography.

The Grangegorman Histories project has curated a selection of DIB biographies of men and women connected to the area.

Reynolds, Albert Martin (1932–2014), businessman, politician and taoiseach, was born in Roosky, Co. Roscommon, on 3 November 1932, youngest of four children (three sons and one daughter) of John P. Reynolds and his wife Catherine (née Dillon) from Cloone, Co. Leitrim. Having emigrated to America, Catherine met her future husband on a visit home and married him.

Paisley, Ian Richard Kyle (1926–2014), Lord Bannside, protestant revivalist and politician, was born in Armagh city on 6 April 1926, younger of two sons of James Kyle Paisley (known as Kyle Paisley), baptist preacher, and his wife Isabella (née Turnbull), a former governess from Kilsyth in Scotland, who was brought up presbyterian but became a baptist in her teens. Kyle and Isabella later adopted the daughter of an impoverished cousin.    

FitzGerald, Garret (1926–2011), economist, politician and taoiseach, was born in Dublin on 9 February 1926, fourth and youngest son of Desmond FitzGerald (qv), cabinet minister, and his wife

Healy, Dermot (1947–2014), novelist, poet, memoirist and playwright, was born on 9 November 1947 in the village of Finea, Co. Westmeath, the son of Winnie, housewife, and Jack Healy, a garda, and the brother of Tony, Úna and Miriam. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Cavan town following his father’s retirement. There, they lived with his great-aunts and his mother helped in the running of their confectionery and teashop, the Milseanacht Breifne.

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 medical student at TCD.

Aran of the Saints

In what was to prove a recurring theme, the history of the Aran Islands begins with the arrival of a restless idealist seeking spiritual renewal amid the wilds of the Atlantic.

Since 2012, there have been a series of events commemorating the seismic shifts that took place across the island of Ireland between 1912 and 1923. During this ten-year period the foundations for the modern Irish state were laid.