Tipperary born, groundbreaking scientist John Desmond Bernal Photograph: National Portrait Gallery, London

John Desmond Bernal’s pioneering use of X-ray crystallography led to him becoming a founding father of molecular biology. He published widely on the h(...)

Youth and Age by John Lavery is hung at Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables Autioneers on Molesworth Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

A painting by the 19th century Belfast-born artist John Lavery has appeared in a Dublin auction house 25 years after it disappeared from a school in L(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett, director of of military operations for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

For the last century mystery has surrounded the reason why Joseph Mary Plunkett was appointed director of military operations for the Irish Volunteers(...)