Seán Ó Labhra, also known in the English form of his name as Seán Lavery, who has died aged 83, was one of the last of a generation who kept the Irish(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)

A picture of   the  sinking of  the SS ‘Rowan’ which appeared in the Italian newspaper ‘La Domenica del Corriere’

Rare images have come to light which recall a 1921 shipping disaster and multiple drownings off the Irish coast which almost scuppered the arrival (...)

Neasa Ní Annracháin, whose voice many will remember from her poetry readings on Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Sunday morning radio programme Mo Cheol Thú, and (...)

Irish Roots

Can genealogy constitute real history? When I started RF Foster’s new book Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923, I thought t(...)

In 1909 the veteran Fenian Tom Clarke, later to be executed for his part in the 1916 Rising, praised in one of his letters “a splendid set of young fe(...)

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(...)

The bombed buildings at the corner of Sackville street and Eden Quay on the banks of the Liffey in Dublin. The buildings were shelled by the British admiralty gunboat, the Helga, during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Today marks the 100th anniversary of a meeting in Dublin at which the decision to hold the 1916 Rising was taken.Held on September 9, 1914, in the lib(...)

‘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(...)