The famous poster depicting Sgt Michael O’Leary VC which was used to recruit Irish nationalists. Library of Congress.

On February 1st 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France near the Belgian border. Lance Corporal Mich(...)

Elizabeth Shaw

Mention the name Elizabeth Shaw to anyone who grew up in East Germany and watch the smile rise on their lips.For them, the name recalls happy childhoo(...)

The phrase ‘whistleblowing’ did not even enter our language until the 1970s

This has been the year of the whistleblower, with one story dominating domestic headlines more than any other. Disclosures within the Garda about t(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping  inspect honour guards inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

President Michael D Higgins yesterday spoke of Ireland’s past and present contributions to the globe’s intellectual life and matters of trade as the m(...)

John Banville tackles perhaps the gallery’s most famous piece, Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602). His meticulous, erudite account somehow makes us see an overly familiar masterpiece anew.

In 1944 George Bernard Shaw wrote from England to Thomas Bodkin, a former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, to ask whether the institution (...)

Inaword

And so we have two bye-elections, or by-elections (both correct), on Friday next, consequent on last May’s European Parliament elections. The word by((...)

In 1909 the veteran Fenian Tom Clarke, later to be executed for his part in the 1916 Rising, praised in one of his letters “a splendid set of young fe(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

Director Róisín McBrinn

‘We must reform society before we can reform ourselves,” George Bernard Shaw wrote in the preface to his early play Misalliance. It is this sort of(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Lisa Dwyer Hogg e

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Can you expect a stable play to emerge from a time of extraordinary upheaval? Conceived before the ou(...)