John Redmond MP

History sometimes repeats itself. In ways, the hastily-arranged deal yesterday between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party mirrors on(...)

Michael Collins stayed in the Bush Hotel after arriving in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1917

In 1917 Sinn Féin was a party on the ascendent. In February of that year Count George Plunkett was elected in the North Roscommon byelection as an ind(...)

The article below is one of a series of seven. The National Library has released collections of documents relating to each of the seven signatories o(...)

The article below is one of a series of seven. The National Library has released collections of documents relating to each of the seven signatories o(...)

English politician and writer Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933) when chief secretary for Ireland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In October 1914 the writer George Russell (AE) wrote to his friend Charles Weekes, who had asked him why he was scared about Ireland: “I can hardly(...)

If the dead could speak they would point their skeletal fingers at the rather corpulent figure who sent them to their doom. The Sinn Féin propaganda l(...)

‘Too much of the discussion of the impact of John Redmond (above), however, is still informed by reflections on the (admittedly fascinating) high politics of the home rule crisis.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 2002, the late Canadian historian Peter Hart, who specialised in the history of the War of Independence, made an appeal for the Irish revolutionary(...)

1914: Edward Carson inspects a parade of armed Ulster Volunteers. By the time Carson announced in Belfast that an Ulster Division would be formed from the UVF, many young men, impatient with waiting, had already enlisted.  Photograph: Central Press/Getty
From brink of civil war

One hundred years ago, in spring 1914, the idea of an imminent world war was far from the minds of Ulster people. The focus was much closer to home. M(...)