President Éamon de Valera speaks  at the Garden of Rememberance on Easter Sunday 1966 during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising

Easter Sunday, April 10th, 1966, was “warm and bright, and Dublin was in a mannerly mood,” reported Mary Maher in The Irish Times. The official cerem(...)

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s only woman athlete competing in the Olympic games in Tokyo, says goodbye to her husband, Seán, at Dublin Airport, in 1964 before leaving for Japan. Photo: Dermot Barry

When women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympics in Athens, it was something of a novelty.(...)

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Catholic bishop of Clonfert, Dr Thomas Ryan, became remarkably agitated about an item on RTÉ’s Late Late Show that f(...)

A significant social change over the past 40 years has been the gradual disconnection between the decision to get married and the decision to have children. Photograph: Thinkstock

Up to the 1970s, Irish family formation largely followed a traditional pattern of marriage followed by children. Those who married had fairly large fa(...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

The man largely responsible for getting the Angelus on RTÉ (or Radio Éireann, as it then was) Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid

Noel Curran, who has announced that he is standing down as director general of RTÉ, after a stressful but successful five-year run, has failed to gras(...)

It may be surprising to many under the age of 40, but when Dr Cyril Daly, who has died aged 82, first began in 1967 to campaign for the abolition of c(...)

John McGahern: ‘The Dark shines a light into an unsavoury Ireland that many would have preferred to keep hidden at all costs.’ Photograph:  Frank Miller

It is difficult to believe that 50 years have passed since 260 advance copies of John McGahern’s second novel, The Dark, were seized by Irish Customs (...)

Jack Marrinan (right) at a GRA delegate conference in 1979. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

John Marrinan, who has died aged 81, was a key moderniser of policing in Ireland. Always known as Jack, he was assigned to protection duties at the ho(...)

Jack Marrinan: was GRA general secretary for 27 years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death has taken place of Jack Marrinan, one of the key figures in the development of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents (...)