Then President Mrs McAleese, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth of England and King Albert of Belgium during the official opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Mesen in Belgium yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

In 1967, Irish historian FX Martin referred to a deliberate “historical amnesia” about southern Irish links to the first World War, in contrast to the(...)

‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

President Hillery paddles his way across the lake after  officially opening the Salmon Leap Canoe Club’s new clubhouse at Leixlip, Co Kildare, in May 1983. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

The advice of the attorney general’s office was sought in 1983 over whether Magill had committed a “criminal libel” through a humorous article lampoon(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)

Donegal  construction workers photographed in 1910. The Catholic church was the main provider of ‘superior schools’ at the time, and its priority was to educate future clergy.

In this column last week, Dan O’Brien turned to history in an effort to explain why Ireland is not a nation of great entrepreneurs. He highlighted the(...)

Bill Bolger, who died recently in his sleep, was a pioneering force in the birth of the Irish design industry. Design had largely been a cottage indus(...)

Former Fianna Fail leader Charles Haughey addresses a party Ard Fheis

The 73rd Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis begins tonight in the RDS in Dublin. The event has long been a highlight of the political year for a party that (...)