New York City mayor Bill de Blasio waves to supporters during his election night event in New York in 2017. File photograph:  Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio entered the crowded 2020 presidential race on Thursday. He argues that his record of progressive accomplishments i(...)

Pawel Strzelecki: At the scheme’s height, 200,000 children benefitted. They were fed an eastern European staple, rye bread

By an extraordinary coincidence on Wednesday night, I found myself invited to two separate events, both involving exhibitions, both about the Great Fa(...)

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in Black 47

During the 1990s, Stephen Rea was approached about a drama based on the Great Famine. The project did not come to pass. “Some American producer said t(...)

In Ireland, children and the aged accounted for one-third of the Irish population in the 1840s, but three-fifths of the deaths.

How to name the Great Famine? For some people, especially Irish-Americans, even using that phrase is an anathema; they prefer the term The Great Hunge(...)

St Patrick’s Festival: Dublin’s main parade starts at noon on March 17th. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade It sounds like Game of Thrones battles it out with Star Wars for Dublin’s parade this year. Grand marshal this year (...)

“It’s stamped ‘October 2018’, which must be  either a best-before date  or a half-life”

One of the revelations of last week’s snowstorm was how dependent Irish people are, emotionally and physically, on bread. Running jokes aside, the sho(...)

American orator, abolitionist, writer and escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) pictured circa 1880. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

Last week in the elegant surroundings of the Yale Club in New York, educators and historians from across the United States gathered for the annual Fre(...)

Detail form Gorta, 1946, by Lilian Lucy Davidson (1879-1954). Oil on canvas. 69.85x90.17cm. Copyright Estate of Lilian Lucy Davidson. Photograph: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum/Quinnipiac Iniversity

The statistics are well known: by 1841, the population of Ireland was more than eight million. More than one million died during the Great Hunger(...)

Protestors take part in a demonstration outside of the Trump Hotel on health care in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump suffered a big blow as Republican leaders postponed a vote on the party’s healthcare Bill following their failure to unite conservatives (...)

Amanda Abdon in front of the gift shop where she works in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Abdon, who voted for Donald Trump, is eager for a repeal of the health care tax penalty her boyfriend had to pay this year. Photograph: Andrew Spear/New York Times

The challenge Annette Cottrell pondered was how to grade US president Donald Trump’s stormy first full week on the job. A trade war bubbling up with M(...)

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