Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes in the Maze prison: In Adams’ eyes, the use of hunger strike as a form of republican struggle had been somewhat discredited; he had read about it failing, experienced it failing, and thus saw such action as a relatively ineffective form of political protest

“The eejit in the next bed is doing his staunch Republican bit – ‘McSwiney [sic] taught us how to die’ he is saying to the locker at the moment”. So w(...)

The Beamish and Crawford cooperage in 1900. The brewery was once the biggest in the country, producing more stout than Guinness

It once was Ireland’s biggest brewery, producing more stout than Guinness and exporting it as far afield as Australia, the United States and the Carib(...)

Lord Mayor of Cork city, Cllr Chris O’Leary has confirmed that the council plans to write to the Taoiseach to confirm that the council is planning a legal challenge to a proposed merger. Photograph: PA

Cork City Council is to write to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Tuesday to inform him it is proceeding with a legal challenge against the plan by Minister fo(...)

Re-enactments of historical events associated with the Easter 1916 Rising in Cork are  planned for this year as part of preparations for  the 100th anniversary of the rebellion next year. Photograph: Getty

Re-enactments of historical events associated with the Easter 1916 Rising in Cork are being planned for this year as part of preparations for a more (...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

A section of the crowd at Cork versus Kerry in the 1976 Munster football final.

It could only have been conceived in Cork and in the decades since it has come to embody all of the charms and peculiarities of that county. The ov(...)

Members of Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat, Conor Dempsey and Pat O’Driscoll, with the recovered camera belonging to pupils from Terence MacSwiney College.

Pupils at a Cork school are celebrating after their entry in an international competition to send a helium balloon into the stratosphere proved suc(...)

Martyred lord mayor Terence MacSwiney: the exhibition features material from the revolutionary period in Cork from the establishment of the Irish Volunteers in the city in 1913-14 up to the start of the Civil War

BARRY ROCHE An exhibition telling the story of Cork’s martyred lord mayors, Tomas Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney along with their successor, Dona(...)

 British Prime Minister David Cameron: committed to a referendum on the UK’s role in Europe by 2017.  Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A European Union exit by the UK would have a negative impact on business, according to just over half of firms surveyed by the Irish International Bus(...)