De Valera with the Irish high commissioner, John Whelan Dulanty

The small, rotund man the constable is holding back in this photograph is my father, Mick Dowling. It appeared in the London Evening News on Januar(...)

Eamon Ó Cuív: In July 2010 the island was officially handed over to Cork County Council on behalf of the Department of Justice by then minister for social protection. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Work is under way on a €5 million redevelopment of Spike Island off the coast of Cork. In July 2010 the island was officially handed over to Cork Co(...)

A panel discussion with Roy Foster, Louise Ryan, Maurice Walsh and Diarmaid Ferriter takes place at the London Irish Centre on September 2nd.

In his political memoir, Conduct Unbecoming, founder of the now defunct Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley churns out a familiar myth still prevalent (...)

Francis Bailey says the war “was not a piece of history for me. It directly affected my life.”

Francis Bailey joined the Royal Engineers in England after the Luftwaffe bombed him and his family out of their home in Birmingham. Born in October 1(...)

From left, Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhalaigh, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

How do you prefer our long-dead Irish Fenians? Revered or reviled? The danger of commemoration is that such will be the crude and reductive menu of ch(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of running a parallel programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016.

Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of attempting to run a parallel programme to the State programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016. Sinn (...)

Rev Dr William O’Neill, who  had been author of Presbyterian Notes for The Irish Times since 1960.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

His name is Bill O’Neill and at the end of last month he finished writing for The Irish Times after 55 years. Is this a record? He had been author of(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern photographed in his office in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Bertie Ahern was one of the most popular and successful politicians in the history of the Irish state. He won three general elections in a row between(...)

View of the Ros Goill Gaeltacht area,  Co Donegal. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish, our “first” but minority language, is in crisis. The recently-published Update of the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the(...)