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Diarmaid Fawsitt, grandson of nationalist, republican, journalist, civil servant and judge Diarmaid L Fawsitt, with his grandson Christian Murphy and the  extended Fawsitt family at the presentation of the Fawsitt archive to Cork City and County Archives Service. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork City Archives have welcomed the donation of a family archive which provides an insight into the cultural and political life of Cork during the re(...)

 Founders of the Gaelic League, Connradh na Gaedhilge, Eoin MacNeill (1867 - 1945) and Doctor Douglas Hyde (1860 - 1949). MacNeill supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and was a delegate for his government to the Irish Boundary Commission. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The role of the Irish language in the ongoing Stormont impasse has led to much talk of the language being politicised, weaponised and otherwise instru(...)

In a Word...

There she was ahead of me on Main Street, Ballaghaderreen. A neighbour. It was during a fleadh many moons ago. I would surprise her. I sneaked up from(...)

January 18th: The Paris Peace Conference opens. The tone is set early. French president Raymond Poincare declares: “You are assembled to repair the ev(...)

Memorial at Ashtown, Co Dublin, to volunteer Martin Savage, who died during the failed assassination attempt

On the night of December 18th, 1919, a group of IRA men met at the Sinn Féin Club on North Summer Street, Dublin. The fire was roaring. There was much(...)

Mary MacSwiney (1872-1942), republican, was born on March 27th, 1872, in Bermondsey in London, the eldest of seven surviving children of an English mo(...)

Alan Frame’s beautifully illustrated book contains many stories about its alumni who include writers John Hewitt, Robert Greacen and Glenn Patterson; artists Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw and Colin Davidson; concert pianist Barry Douglas; actors Jamie Dornan and James Ellis, and stained-glass artist Wilhemina Geddes, who has a crater named after her on Mercury. Above, detail from the book’s cover

Methodist College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, has left its imprint on Belfast and Northern Ireland in terms of the arts, sc(...)

John Hume’s wife Pat pictured in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere of ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ last November. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Last Sunday, residents of the small town of Springfield, Massachusetts gathered for a screening of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s In the Name of Peace: John Hu(...)

Minister of State for Irish Joe McHugh said Conradh na Gaeilge played a vital role in the development of the language.

Conradh na Gaeilge “created the context in which the independence movement could succeed”, President Michael D Higgins has said on the 125th anniversa(...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

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