Roger Casement

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Brendan Fay: ‘I feel a depth of gratitude for the determined LGBT activists here and in Ireland who rose up in dark times and struggled for civil rights.’ Photograph: Ray Hegarty

“Happy Pride!” I’ll be hearing the odd greeting a thousand times. People often ask, why do you go? I tell them I march because I can. I am alive for a(...)

Taoiseach Sean Lemass,  minister for industry and commerce Jack Lynch and Department of Finance  secretary TK Whitaker leaving for London for a meeting with British prime minister Harold Wilson in November 1964.  Photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Efforts to get Sir Roger Casement’s remains repatriated to Ireland were frustrated for years by Conservative governments led by Harold Macmillan and A(...)

Last November a headstone was finally placed on Julia Morrissey’s grave in Athenry

Sarah Mellows was seriously struggling when she sent a letter to her priest, seeking a loan of “a few pounds for a month or so”. “Few are my friends (...)

 Catherine Keener:  “I did not know about Harvey Weinstein at all. And I worked for him.” Photograph: Henny Garfunkel/The New York Times

Not for the first time, Catherine Keener laughs her appealingly dirty laugh and nods and swears. “Fucking A, man,” says the affable 58-year-old. &nbs(...)

A Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison in July 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. Placards read Mother of God, open the prison gates; Release our Fathers and Brothers; and Mother of Mercy, pray for prisoners. Photograph: Wikipedia

The lonely life of a leading member of Cumann na mBan who was consigned to a mental asylum for more than 40 years is due to be remembered in Athenry, (...)

Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)

Roger Casement in Congo in September 1898

A century after his execution for high treason, a version of Roger Casement remains buried, not in Pentonville prison or Glasnevin Cemetery, but in Ma(...)

The countryside between Barrow and Churchill.

At the roundabout follow the R551 north in the direction of Ardfert and Ballyheigue. The first section of road between Tralee and Ardfert is a mere 8k(...)

At William Partridge’s graveside: Trade unionist Des Geraghty (left) said  Partridge, who died in 1917,  “exposed the atrocious living conditions of workers and their families in the whole of Dublin during his lifetime”. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Trade unionist Des Geraghty has recalled how a Dublin Corporation study in 1903 established that “virtually 60 per cent of Dublin families, with an av(...)

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