An Irish soldier holds  a copy of the 1916 Proclamation  outside the GPO  in Dublin. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The 1916 Proclamation is neither a sacred text nor a democratic constitution in embryo, but a hastily-improvised and fragmentary speech. Largely wri(...)

Leslie Greer (98), who worked as an analyst in Bletchley Park during the second World War. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One woman’s role in the extraordinary work carried out in Bletchley Park, Britain’s second World War code-breaking and intelligence-analysing centre, (...)

Brian Stewart with Prince Charles at a ceremony in June this year honouring D-Day veterans. Photograph: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Brian Stewart, who has died aged 93, was a British spy who took a deep interest in Ireland and in his later years became known to history enthusiasts (...)

June 1922: Irish refugees from Belfast arrive in Dublin after partition. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The experience of thousands of northern activists, who fled Ulster because they faced arbitrary detention and continuous persecution at the time of(...)

A PhD is a marathon rather than a sprint: Stephen McQuillan in the library in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Monday I work part-time in the library in Trinity College Dublin for a couple of hours each morning. I clock off at 10, check out a few books and do s(...)

General John Maxwell presided over the secret military tribunals which ordered the execution of the 15 leaders of the Easter Rising and changed the course of Irish history.

General John Maxwell, the man who is widely blamed for the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, was an instrument and not author of British po(...)

 Winston Churchill contemplated acting against Ireland to remove the German legation from Dublin and asked for advice on how it could be done. Photograph: PA Wire

Winston Churchill was disproportionately obsessed with the possibilities of security leaks from Ireland in the run-up to D-Day, a conference heard yes(...)

A man walks past graffiti on a wall off the Falls Road in Belfast last week. Photograph: Reuters

A temporary stability returned to Northern politics this week as Gerry Adams was released without charge by the PSNI, but there is a fresh degree of t(...)

Diarmaid Ferriter: decision was taken without consulting the expert advisory group on the centenary, which includes himself and other prominent historians. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Historian Prof Diarmaid Ferriter has questioned the decision to invite members of the British royal family to(...)

Conference organiser prof Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College Dublin said the mutiny was “above all an enormous British constitutional crisis”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

in The Curragh The Curragh Mutiny of March 1914 had a disastrous effect on discipline within the British Army and inflicted irretriev(...)