The Asgard in 1961 after the yacht was bought by the government. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

A week after the Howth gun-running of July 26th, 1914, there occurred the equally audacious gun-running at Kilcoole in Co Wicklow – the other half,(...)

The Dream of the Celt is described as an epic book, and, for once the publishers are not overegging the pudding. Mario Vargas Llosa’s imagined biograp(...)

German soldiers leaving Munich for Paris, 1914. (Photo Agence Rol Bibliothèque nationale de France, dpt. des Estampes et de la photographie)

A field of lush grass and a 3m-high Celtic high-cross in the German countryside are the last clues to a sad chapter of Irish history. A century ago th(...)

Sir Roger Casement: Irish prisoners of war in Germany were furious when he denounced John Redmond as a “traitor” and the Home Rule 
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Roger Casement was attacked and had to be rescued by German soldiers from a first World War prisoner-of-war c(...)

Bees can be upset by cold, or any jostling that disturbs their normal behaviour. Photograph: Alan Betson
The bee and the western wind

Peter Wheeler and Sighle Lynd – she a daughter of Irish writer Robert Lynd – lived on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath and had a particular(...)

First edition: the Irish Volunteer was loaded with references to Clontarf and the “struggle against the Danes”

In 1914, against the backdrop of the Home Rule question and with Irish Volunteers once more parading on the streets, nationalists used the 900t(...)

The sculpture of the ‘leopard man’ at the Museum of Central Africa in a suburb of Brussels. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty

Last month, George Clooney was drawn into a cultural debate that has long been a sensitive issue for Britain. Asked during a press conference i(...)

The countermand was issued by Eoin MacNeill, commander of the Irish Volunteers, in a last-minute attempt to cancel a mobilisation planned for Easter Sunday 1916.

“Volunteers completely deceived. All orders for tomorrow Sunday are completely ca(...)

Immersion project: Richard Mosse, installing The Enclave at the RHA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Mosse’s six-screen film installation The Enclave plunges us into a world that is unfamiliar, in more ways than one. Shot in the provinces of N(...)

A letter by Roger Casement to the police inspector responsible for his custody, written just three months before his execution and detailing his at(...)