An image of Sackville Street (now O’Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

A blow delivered against the British imperialist bourgeoisie in Ireland is a hundred times more significant than a blow of equal weight in Africa or A(...)

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall: he and Cambridge history professor Eugenio Biagini have revisited Conor Cruise O’Brien’s 1960 book The Shaping of Modern Ireland  with The Shaping of Modern Ireland – A Centenary Assessment

Over three days last week at Churchill College, Cambridge, historians from around the world discussed the Easter Rising in the context of the revoluti(...)

 Michael Collins  throwing in the sliotar  to start a hurling game at Croke Park in 1921.  Photograph: Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It appears like a different world. The 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising saw the GAA project a very conventional image of its role both in the st(...)

Pearse’s writings “consistently and deliberately and without reservation equate the patriot and the patriot people with Christ.  Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

In 1972, an article that appeared in the relatively rarefied pages of the Jesuit published journal Studies caused controversy. Its author was Fr Franc(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, Lord Mayorof 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 Cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As both a historian and a citizen I was perplexed and concerned by the nature and extent of the State’s official commemoration of the centenary of Jer(...)

Lion tamer Bill Stephens: keep three lions in a cage at the back of a suburban Dublin garage

In our health and safety obsessed age it seems implausible that anybody would keep three lions in a cage at the back of a suburban Dublin garage. In (...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty  told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams she would “not believe the Lord’s Prayer from his mouth”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For anybody seeking to discover what most divides the opposing political forces in the State at this moment of time, this afternoon’s Dáil debate abou(...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Just another brick in the wall:  Ríonach Ní Néill. Photograph: Elena Gallotta

When French Aerospace needed someone to teach astronauts how to move in zero gravity, it didn’t hire a scientist. It hired a choreographer. (...)

The letter, dated April 10th 1922, to Kitty Kiernan, Granard, Co Longford

(Click image to read letter in full) Michael Collins was concerned about growing mayhem in the early months of 1922. As British forces withdrew(...)