Cork City after it was burnt in 1920 by the Black and Tans. “On the British side some form of military struggle was inevitable before Irish demands would be taken seriously.” National Photographic Archive (Hogan Wilson Images)

Critics of the Easter 1916 Rising, including Patsy McGarry (Rite & Reason, January 5th), condemn the wrong conflict. It was the the Civil War, not(...)

Christy O’Connor jnr throws his ball to the crowd after winning the Irish Open in Woodbrook in 1975. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

Remember the Burt Bacharach song, Trains and Boats and Planes? That was the European Tour for the first decade of its existence after it was formed by(...)

 Christy O’Connor jnr celebrates on the final green after beating Fred Couples at the 1989 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

When Lemmy died last week, probably the best yarn about the old Motorhead rock god came from a music journalist who asked him once if he got bored pla(...)

Alan Brogan: ‘Representing Dublin for the last 14 years has given me immense satisfaction and joy, both the good days and the bad’. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

As sporting salutes go those from your own team are typically more compelling than those from your team of rivals. Alan Brogan was being saluted on b(...)

The Gore-Booth sisters Constance and Eva posing for a Drumcliffe Creamery advertisement c.1895. Photograph: Sligo County Library.

So is Romantic Ireland dead and gone? As the last embers of Yeats 150th birthday die, it seems as good a time as any to interrogate a poetic cliche. (...)

 John O’Leary entering Leinster house in 1967. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South and minister of state John O’Leary has died aged 82. He represented Kerry South from 1966 to 1997, holding the r(...)

Eamonn McEneaney, director of Waterford Treasures, at the bust of Field Marshal Frederick Roberts. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A bust of the oldest soldier on record to to die in the first World War was yesterday unveiled alongside the memorial to the youngest documented ca(...)

John Leonard: “I don’t want this book to read as a celebration of drugs. The reality is I lost my mind a lot of times. I was very close to losing friends and losing sanity.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“That’s a tricky one,” laughs John Leonard when asked which felt better: being E’d out of his head on countless nights in the Kitchen and other venues(...)

Irish Coastguard and the RNLI pictured off the Beacon in Baltimore, Co Cork, where the search for a Barry Davis Ryan who went missing while coming to the aid of his girlfriend on Tuesday is continuing. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

Coastal communities along the west Cork shoreline are no strangers to tragedy. Search and rescue volunteers regularly step in to avert accidental drow(...)

Former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain John O’Leary:  “What you’re trying to do is bring a style of football through the development squads.” Photograph: Sportsfile

When John O’Leary is asked about managers he has fair experience to fall back on. Dublin’s All-Ireland winning captain from 20 years ago and five-tim(...)