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 A member of the National Army stands guard at a window armed with a revolver in  1922. Location unknown. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty

While the Irish Civil War is widely believed to have left a legacy of silence in its wake, Irish-language writers were strongly represented among thos(...)

Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera, who ‘looked crushed and broken’ after Boland’s death in 1922 Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera, who ‘looked crushed and broken’ after Boland’s death in 1922

This article is part of the Irish Times Century project. For more on Ireland in 1922, click here. Harry Boland died on August 1st, 1922. On his passi(...)

 Property Owners Bernard Rogan and Kathleen O’Callaghan with Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Alison Gilliland after the formal unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the site of Patrick Pearse’s boyhood home on Sandymount Avenue. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The family home of Patrick Pearse - the Irish revolutionary and executed leader of the Easter Rising - has been adorned with an official commemorative(...)

One of the few Irish words that everyone in Ireland knows is amadán, “an idiot”. They might know liúdramán too, which is “a wastrel or a lout, or a la(...)

Portrait of teacher, eccentric, and lexicographer Sean the Coat (Seán Óg Caomhánach) by Harry Kernoff

Before the word rothar became standard in Irish, the thing it described went by the more Homeric name of capall maide, or “wooden horse”. Adoption of (...)

Tadhg Barry

He was the last high profile victim of the British forces during the War of Independence and 250,000 people lined the streets of Dublin for his funera(...)

Gerald O’Donovan: the tensions caused by conflicting devotions to church and family were abiding themes of his work

It is doubtful if the reforming Catholic priest and novelist Gerald O’Donovan, who was born 150 years ago on July 15th, is much remembered nowadays bu(...)

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 (...)

Gregory O’Connor

Gregory O’Connor was known to generations of users of the National Archives of Ireland as a very knowledgeable and helpful archivist. Warm tributes to(...)

A plaque on Cesca Chenevix Trench’s birthplace records her name in English but describes her as an “Artist and Gaelic Leaguer”.

During a tragically short life that began 130 years ago this week, Cesca Chenevix Trench made a long political journey. Born in Liverpool of Anglo-Iri(...)

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