Royal Dublin Society and went on to exhibit at the RHA over a period of 50 years. (A sad note in the DIB: "Few of her works can now be located.) Bryan Gerard Alton, "physician, politician and goldsmith" - who sat in the Dáil, was a pioneer of gastroenterology, drove around Dublin in a Rolls-Royce smoking cigars and was "an authority on graphics, ceramics, silver and paintings, and was twice master warden of the Goldsmiths' Company of Dublin". (This doesn't actually make him a goldsmith, but let's hope he was.) Charles Frederick Anderson, architect, who left Ireland during the Famine and contributed to the extension of the United States Capitol in the 1850s, although his participation in the project was not always acknowledged. Maybe because of this, he "kept a brace of pistols on his desk". William Allingham, "poet and customs official", who wrote:
Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren't go a-hunting For fear of little men; Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together; Green jacket, red cap, And white owl's feather!
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday. As if 9,700 actual Irish lives weren't enough, the DIB decided to include Ailill Ólom, a "mythical Munster king." Now, I live with a Munster woman, and know they can be quite fierce in defending their prerogatives. But still, when did non-persons get a pass into the dictionary? The apparent justification: the "historical significance of Ailill lies in the number of dynasties that claimed descent from him." Well, those of you who've been paying attention know that last week I made a convincing case for my direct descent from Zeus. So can a rackload of FitzGeralds who appear in the DIB. On this reasoning, the head Greek god should also be profiled. I think this was a mistake.