Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must demonstrate the same level of courage as the leaders of the civil rights movement half a century ago to ensure that powersharing gove(...)

The Punch cartoon that depicted the Young Ireland Party as a gorilla

In the fallout from the recent Conservative party and DUP deal, Northern Ireland has enjoyed a rare trip back to the British headlines. The redheaded(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

“When you live in fires and funerals and strikes and rats and crowds and people screaming in the night,” Jimmy Breslin once wrote, “sports is the only thing that makes any sense”

One Sunday afternoon in May, 1969, Jimmy Breslin, then running for president of the New York city council on the same ticket as his pal, the mayoral h(...)

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 Derry  from its famous city walls: Two passionate and enlightening tours offer diverse insights into this  historically pivotal town. Photograph: Henryk Sadura/Getty

“You may be wondering if you’re going to hear the two sides of the story, well not really. Others can tell their story and I’ll respect it, but here’(...)

Nell McCafferty graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA degree in 1964. Photograph: Court Collins

It may have been over half a century since she first graduated from the groves of academe but feminist and civil rights campaigner Nell McCafferty ha(...)

Bernadette McAliskey in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bernadette McAliskey, now 69, has never been one for the niceties of establishment politics. Indeed, beloved by many as she is, as a socialist, femin(...)

A photograph of the People’s Democracy civil rights march from Belfast to Derry which was attacked at Burntollet Bridge. Photograph from the NUIG Boyle Archive

When a young Co Down student visited Detroit at the height of the US civil rights movement in the early 1970s, he was struck by the treatment of black(...)

‘Priority’ by Michael Patterson-Carver. Courtesy Laurel Gitlen, New York; and Timothy Taylor, London

The curator of this year’s EVA International, Bassam El Baroni, is a quiet, thoughtful Egyptian who was born and lives in Alexandria. From this(...)