Review by Library Journal Review
The publication of this work redresses the paucity of biographical reference materials about Irish women. The authors' selections for inclusion are, however, "subjective [and] personal." Regrettably, they exclude any woman still living, so president Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize recipients Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan don't appear. Aside from stipulating posthumous coverage, the foreword mentions no selection criteria or limits on historical scope (coverage extends from fifth-century saints to the novelist Ellis Dillon, d. 1994). Entries are brief. Features include an appendix classifying the women listed according to occupations and interests, as well as a glossary, notes, and abbreviations. Despite its drawbacks, this unique title is important for all academic libraries and essential for public libraries serving Irish Americans or maintaining a women's history collection.Martha Henn, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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