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Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

Associate editors Dr John Borgonovo, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Crowley  launching  the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ in Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

As weighty tomes go, they do not get much weightier than the newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution. This monumental work of almost 1,000 pag(...)

Leo Varadkar: the new Fine Gael leader may be  more subtle than Charles Haughey in his negotiations with Independents, but he will have to engage with them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘You know what I want. Now, what do you want?” Such was how Charles Haughey greeted Tony Gregory in 1982 in a bid to secure the Independent TD’s vote (...)

The drawingroom at Lyons House in Co Kildare

It is tempting to romanticise past eras and, notwithstanding the fact that the period encompassed the signing over of Irish sovereignty with the Act o(...)

Fr PJ Byrne’s death  anticipates the passing of a generation of diocesan priests who emerged in the years after Vatican II, full of the enthusiasm and anxious to make a difference in the lives of their parishioners.

On February 7th, the parish priest of Kilcock and Newtown in Co Kildare, Fr PJ Byrne, died suddenly. Earlier he had travelled to witness a Kildare vic(...)

Oliver Scharbrodt: “Muslim immigration to Ireland since the 1950s has been a completely different story. The majority of Muslim immigrants came as students from privileged backgrounds”.

The rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and its impact on European societies, shows how interconnected our world is today. We cannot afford to be(...)

Catherine Marshall and Niamh O’Sullivan: two of the authors of the Famine Folios for the Irish Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The world’s “greatest collection of Irish Famine art and famine data” has been assembled for future generations to study one of the world’s great mode(...)

‘Reading The News’ by Richard Staunton Cahill in Whyte’s art auction on February 23rd

Newspapers have been an important element of Irish life since the first, Belfast’s News Letter, was established in 1737. Improved communication(...)

Rising sheer out of Dingle Bay, Cnoc na dTobar is one of the most impressive mountains in the Iveragh peninsula

Cnoc na dTobar, Co Kerry Map: Ordnance Survey. Discovery Series. 1:50,000. Sheet 83 Start: A narrow lay-by opposi(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

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