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Times past: The original Oireachtas 1913 group photograph outside the Town Hall in Galway

Éamonn Ceannt, Douglas Hyde, Pádraig Pearse and Constance Markievicz were in anything but insurrectional mood when they gathered in Galway for a very (...)

Taoiseach Jack Lynch had been more than happy to host Ali in his office at Leinster House; indeed, judging by contemporary reports, the atmosphere was positively giddy. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Following the death of Muhammad Ali there was no shortage of lists of memorable quotes from him and about him. There was one quote that did not make(...)

Former editor of the ‘Sunday Press’ Michael Keane died on Saturday in hospital. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The funeral Mass has taken place in south Dublin of the former editor of the Sunday Press and public relations consultant Michael Keane. A large num(...)

Micheál  Martin was addressing a Fianna Fáil event, which took place the Round Room of Dublin’s Mansion House last night, to mark the centenary of the Rising. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is proud of the “central role” the generation of people who fought in the 1916 rising played in founding and building the party, Micheál M(...)

Peadar Kearney: Easter Rising veteran suffered such straitened circumstances during the 1920s that he was obliged to sue the State for royalties after the song was translated into Irish and became the national anthem

Peadar Kearney, the man who wrote The Soldier’s Song and a veteran of the 1916 Easter Rising, was living in such penury in the 1920s that he was forc(...)

‘Adams has enjoyed an unchallenged tenure at the top of the Sinn Féin of a duration once seen only in newly established African democracies.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A nationalist Twitter user in Turkey recently suggested that perhaps the best way to discredit the iconic and currently imprisoned Abdullah Öcalan, f(...)

Dorothea De Courcy Wheeler Findlater (106), at home in south Dublin. Her father Henry De Courcy Wheeler was staff captain to General William Lowe who took the surrender from Patrick Pearse. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dorothea “Doris” Findlater is probably the only person left alive who remembers the Easter Rising. Now 106, she was six when the rebellion broke out(...)

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

The first statue ever created of Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet has been re-dedicated in Washington DC at a ceremony that also jointly marked the ce(...)

Downey frequently looked back to evaluate contemporary politics and society. Photograph: Alan Betson

James Downey, the veteran political correspondent who died on Thursday, was much more than an astute analyst of the politics of the moment over the de(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

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