Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

 Bill O’Herlihy with John Giles (left) and Eamon Dunphy:  Some treat sport too seriously, others not seriously enough, because they don’t get the impact it can have on people’s lives – O’Herlihy got the balance just right. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times 6:03

Bill O’Herlihy would most probably have smiled to see himself top of Ireland’s Twitter trending list all day as tributes poured in after news of his p(...)

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Church, State and marriage

As debate on the marriage-equality referendum continues it is relevant to remember that, in one of the unreported conflicts in this area, Catholic pre(...)

Sheltered from the main part of Sandford Road by a fenced in coppice, the houses on Sandford Terrace, somewhat confusingly also known as Sandford R(...)

Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Witnessing a “whiskey planking” is not an everyday event in a politician’s diary, but Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney is on the guest list for o(...)

Rare footage of Pádraig Pearse has been obtained from British Pathé. Photograph: National Archives of Ireland 0:44

Footage of Padraig Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa will be shown in a new film about the revolutionary period to be launch(...)

Nessa and Rory Childers on Howth Pier for the Asgard centenary celebrations. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The centenary of the Howth gun-running incident was marked yesterday in an atmosphere that was as much celebration as commemoration. Bright sunshine (...)

Guns being landed at Howth in 1914. The figure on the far right is Erskine Childers. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

One hundred years ago on Saturday last Erskine Childers sailed his expensive gun-laden yacht Asgard towards the east pier at Howth. Unburdened of his (...)

 The Asgard in 1961 after the yacht was bought by the government. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

A week after the Howth gun-running of July 26th, 1914, there occurred the equally audacious gun-running at Kilcoole in Co Wicklow – the other half,(...)

Nessa Childers speaking to Breege Kavanagh and Bridget Toolan while canvassing in the Churchtown area of Dublin yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

There is nothing new about bust-ups in the Labour Party. When it comes to infighting and the European elections, it is almost a grand tradition now in(...)