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Sinn Fein leaders at the First Dáil Eireann.  Left to right (front row) L Ginnell, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, Eamon de Valera, Count Eoin MacNeill, William Cosgrave and Ernest Blythe. Second row:  P Maloney, Terence MacSwiney, Richard Mulcahy, J O’Doherty, J O’Mahony, J Dolan, J McGuinness, P O’Keefe, Michael Staines, McGrath, Dr B Cussak, L De Roiste, W Colivet and the Reverend Father Michael O’Flanagan. Third row:  P War, A McCabe, D Fitzgerald,Jj Sweeney, Dr Hayes, C Collins, P O’Maillie, J O’Mara, B O’Higgins, J Burke and Kevin O’Higgins. Fourth row: J McDonagh, J McEntee. Fifth row: P Beasely, E Daston, P Galligan. Sixth row: P Shanahan, S Etchingham. Photograph: Hulton Archive

This week marks the centenary of the election of the First Dáil, one of the most significant events in Irish history and one which the citizens of thi(...)

Activity among Irish construction firms has now increased for 57 successive months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish construction activity accelerated in November amid a sharp pick-up in housing construction, the latest snapshot of the industry from Ulster Bank(...)

The atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

‘Between you and me and the post’ – Like sentry guards, Jack McCaffrey and umpire Tom O’Kane watch the ball squirm away from the goal, one of the few moments of danger for Dublin in a relatively straight-forward semi-final win over Galway. Photo: “A Season of Sundays 2018”/Sportsfile

The Best Tony 10 by Declan Lynch and Tony O’Reilly – Gill Books, €16.99 The story of Tony O’Reilly, the Carlow postmaster who stole €1.75m(...)

Ulster’s Henry Speight scores their second try during Heineken Champions Cup, pool four match against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. : David Davies/PA Wire

Scarlets 24 Ulster 25 Ulster moved to the top of Pool Four of the Heineken Champions Cup with a stunning bonus point victory of the Scarlets in Llane(...)

 Pro-EU supporters call for a People’s Vote outside the British Houses of Parliament on  December 6th, 2018:   Some claim the backstop creates a problem of democratic control upwards because people in Northern Ireland would be subject to EU rules without any democratic representation in the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain

Although most of this week’s political drama has taken place in the House of Commons, they have also been debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal at the ot(...)

 PINERGY ambassador and shareholder Paul O’Connell  with Bobby Ahearn (Griffith College Swords Thunder) and Jason Killeen (Templeogue) at the announcement of the company as official energy partner to Basketball Ireland.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Old rivalries are set to come to the fore once more this coming Sunday afternoon, as last year’s Hula Hoops National Cup finalists, DCU Mercy and Amb(...)

Injuries to the Ulster tight five have caused selection headaches for head coach Dan McFarland. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland internationals Iain Henderson and Will Addison are back in the Ulster team for Friday’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash against Scarlets (...)

Hugo Keenan of Leinster during a recent Pro14 clash against Dragons at Rodney Parade. Photo: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Sevens rugby polarises opinion. Some view it as a standalone bastardisation of the 15-a-side game that does little to develop the skill sets of player(...)

 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland: “For us attack is a good form of defence.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

It looks rather ominous already as Ulster prepare to open their back-to-back rounds in the Champions Cup, on Friday night, at the regularly unforgivin(...)

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