‘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(...)

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(...)

Professor John A Murphy said he had always been intrigued by the paradox of the growth of Irish nationalism through the spread of the English language. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Ireland owes its freedom to the spread of the English language which allowed for the spread of Irish nationalist ideals by writers such as Thom(...)

The 100-year-old Galway town hall photograph, which  presents  a ‘who’s who’ of the 1916 Rising

A “who’s who” of Irish revolutionaries is captured in a 1913 photograph taken in Galway – and found in a family attic almost a century later.Half of t(...)

Eoin MacNeill said in 1914: ‘I have been absolutely forced to the front in this Volunteer movement.’

One hundred years ago today, Eoin MacNeill, professor of early and medieval history at UCD and one of the leading lights of the Irish language revival(...)

Patrick Pearse was 36 when a British firing squad executed him in Dublin on May 3rd, 1916. David Thornley was the same age in 1971, when he wrote abou(...)

President Michael D Higgins has insisted he enjoys a good working relationship with the Government. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has dismissed any suggestion of conflict between himself and the Government over an interview he gave last week in (...)