Tim Pat Coogan

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Two memorials in Ireland Park,  on Éireann Quay on the shores of Lake Ontario,  remember the 1,186 immigrants who died from typhoid on their way from Ireland in 1847. Photograph: David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images

In a hidden corner of Toronto, between the Billy Bishop City Airport and the abandoned Canada Malting Plant, lies a monument to the 1,186 Irish immigr(...)

‘I live in the mountains of British Columbia, in a place of 10,000 people.’

This spring, back in the land of sarcasm and flat roads, I took the train from Dublin to Tipperary. People were reading. As a reader, it bothers me th(...)

A purge of senior gardaí by Eamon de Valera’s government in 1941 prompted an impassioned plea for justice from Eamonn (Ned) Coogan, father of the writ(...)

Niamh McCoy: “You can’t get a more authentic experience than coming here to the museum and going to a match.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The GAA Museum is fronted by Paul Ferriter’s imposing statue of the association’s founder, Michael Cusack (1847-1906), who – as an educator and cultur(...)

Tim Pat Coogan: my father abandoned thoughts of practising law and at 24 became the first deputy commissioner of An Garda. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In considering the purge of senior Garda officers revealed in the newly released State Papers, the historical background against which the crackdown t(...)

Runner and writer Michael Collins at Saint Croix, Quebec

Within the Famine memorial fundraising community, there’s a phenomenon quietly referred to as “famine fatigue”, which tacitly acknowledges that, in th(...)

With the deadening inevitability of rain at a barbecue, Unionist politicians have complained about modest public funds being passed to Brendan J Byrn(...)

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

If you craved a sense of occasion on Saturday then the Galway Film Fleadh was the place to be. The organisers of the 28th event pulled off a coup by (...)

Monument at Victoria Park in Cobourg, an area previously known as Corktown, in Ontario.

The Irish Diaspora Run sees Michael Collins running almost 900km between June 10th and July 10th, from Grosse Île to Toronto(...)

Tim Pat Coogan: “We should look at what the 1916 leaders wanted and what we got”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising should not be a time “for soft words and platitudes” but a realistic reappraisal of what has been achieved(...)

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