The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania, which now hangs in Gleesons pub in Booterstown, Co Dublin

A harp given by the poet WB Yeats to Maud Gonne – which she apparently played while he recited his verse – made €37,000 and was the top lot in Whyte’s(...)

Kilmainham Gaol is seeking tenders to digitise autograph books belonging to prisoners in the 1916-1918 period.

Kilmainham Gaol is planning a new website to show a collection of autograph books owned by prisoners at the time of the Easter Rising, in time for ne(...)

Leading Clan na Gael member Major Henri le Caron, in fact Thomas Beach, an English spy, testified before a parliamentary commisison in London that Charles Stewart Parnell, above, knew of Clan na Gael’s plan to use violence to achieve Irish freedom. Le Caron’s Clan ally, Alexander Sullivan, then circulated a rumour that the secret agent had named Chicago doctor Patrick Cronin, Sullivan’s chief critic,as a fellow spy, in effect setting him up to be murdered

126 years ago this month, a naked corpse was pulled from a sewer in a quiet suburb of Chicago. The dead man had been brutally murdered with an icepick(...)

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of the death of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Mr Higgins w(...)

Jerry Beades, founder of the New Land League, at the O’Donnell’s Killiney home. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

At one of Dublin’s most expensive addresses, a mansion with a swimming pool, tennis court and stone lions overlooking Killiney Bay, a motley group of (...)

 John Martin, of the New Land League, speaking to members of the media at the entrance to Gorse Hill, the home of Brian O’Donnell, at  Vico Road, Killiney. Photograph: Eric Luke

The New Land League was formed almost spontaneously in 2013, according to its leader, Jerry Beades, when he and others disrupted an Allsops auction i(...)

Complicated: the research stretched back to the early 18th century, long before property records were reliable. Manuscript map of Dublin in the late 17th century courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Prices tell stories. We have all heard the one that starts with “Back in my day”, then describes what petrol or sweets or a house cost years ago. In t(...)

The research  by financial analyst Karl Deeter, Frank Quinn of the Blackrock Further Education Institute and David Duffy of the Economic and Social Research Institute looked at streets across Dublin city

The most recent property crash was just one in a long line of Irish booms and busts recorded over the last 300 years and not even close to being the w(...)

Where now?  ... First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond at  a press conference   in Edinburgh after Scotland rejected independence. How will Scottish nationalist claims evolve now?  Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

While the proponents of Scottish independence could not persuade enough Scots to take a leap of faith into the unknown, the outgoing SNP leader deserv(...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)