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The pilot festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. All photographs: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

“This feels absolutely f***ing crazy,” exclaimed Gavin James from the stage at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Saturday evening.  “It’s been a l(...)

The State’s Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) operates simply: non-EU citizens pledge a minimum of €1 million to a business, or donate €400,000 to charity, and in return they earn the right to live here along with their families.

Social housing, nursing homes and even whiskey distilleries have each claimed a share of more than €1 billion that wealthy non-EU citizens have p(...)

Alice Lyons, Kathleen McKenna  and Ellie Lyons in  London. Photograph: EA Lawlor private collection/military archives

ELLIE and ALICE LYONS The sisters Ellie (born September 21st, 1889) and Alice Lyons (born July 30th, 1893), were from Dublin, the daughters of Edward (...)

The Custom House in Dublin burning after the attack in May 1921. Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

The Custom House in Dublin was the last symbol of British civil administration in Ireland. The aim of the republicans was to make the country ungovern(...)

A plaque in the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol listing the names of the Invincibles, the five assassins who were hanged for the murders of the chief secretary to Ireland Lord Frederick Cavendish and the permanent under-secretary Thomas Henry Burke on May 6th, 1882.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol and out of bounds to its many visitors is the place where the Invincibles are buried in rough teal coffins. It i(...)

Lisa Eccles, owner of Zinc Hair and Beauty in Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Hairdressers say clients have already begun to get in touch about appointments before the Government’s official announcement on the lifting of restric(...)

The War of Independence came to Britain in November 1920 with attacks on warehouses and hay barns which intensified into 1921. There had been little loss of life in Britain until Vincent Fovargue’s death on April 4th, 1921.

The caddy who arrived early at the 14th bunker on a quiet Sunday morning was confronted by a shocking sight. Lying in the rough between the bunker a(...)

Exercise is on my shortlist of things to do every day to keep my spirits up in this prolonged downtime

The other day I put on my walking shoes. The sky was blue in spite of gloomy forecasts – time to get out and get cheered up. Instead I sat down for an(...)

Gardaí believe weapons, possibly bars or bats, were used by at least some of the group who assaulted the boy. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí are trying to establish if a gang assault on a 15-year-old boy in Dublin was pre-planned, as they suspect, including the teenage victim being l(...)

 Fontaines DC: “Bohs are an organisation that really care about the community . . . Having a Dublin football team having ‘Refugees Welcome’ be the biggest thing on their shirt, that’s amazing,” says drummer Tom Coll.

Dublin football club Bohemians have a new strip. It was created in association with and featuring lyrics from Grammy-nominated Irish rock band Fontain(...)

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