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Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Tributes have been paid to Ronan Fanning, professor emeritus of modern Irish history at UCD, who has died aged 75. He was the author of several book(...)

Eamon de Valera, in addressing the League of Nations when the Irish Free State held the presidency of the League Council, highlighted his disquiet about the larger powers dominating international organisations

In 1922, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Joseph Walshe, who had worked during the War of Independence in Sinn Féin’s Irish foreign servic(...)

A card from the Frongoch camp: ‘In Frongoch, Michael Collins had became a dominant figure in what has been described as the ‘university of revolution’.’ Photograph: © National Museum of Ireland

On this day one hundred years ago, those untried prisoners returning to Ireland following their internment after the Easter Rising had every reason to(...)

Former minister for arts John O’ Donoghue  emphasised the need for an ‘arm’s length’ between State and the arts. In th3e background is Frieze, by Fergus Martin and Anthony Hobbs, 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We will probably read and hear much about the scholar and revolutionary George Noble Plunkett in 2017. Appointed director of the National Museum in 19(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

Fidel Castro  in Shannon during a stopover in 1982. Castro  left a box of  Cohiba cigars for then-taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Who smoked the Cuban cigars Fidel Castro gifted to Charles Haughey? After Castro stopped off at Shannon Airport in November 1982 on the way back from (...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was January. Outside it was winter, but inside the Mullingar hotel the mood was so sunny you had to wear sunglasses. Reading back on reports of th(...)

Former UK ambassador Dominick Chilcott laying a wreath at the State event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

This year’s State commemoration of the Easter Rising has been criticised for not achieving the stated goal of inclusivity. But its critics, including (...)

Increasing cross-Border co-operation led to the creation of six North-South implementation bodies, including Waterways Ireland. Photograph: James Connolly

If you wandered into an Irish bar late at night during the years of the Troubles, chances were you’d hear a crows’ chorus working through the repertoi(...)

Peter Hain (left), then secretary of state for Northern Ireland, presents Aidan Hennigan  with an OBE at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London in April  2006, in recognition of his long service to journalism. File photograph:John Stillwell/PA

Former Irish Press London editor Aidan Hennigan OBE died today a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Francis Aidan Bernard Hennigan, to give him (...)

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