Wolfe Tones

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It appears as though people simply aren’t in the humour for pratical jokes this April. Photograph: iStock

Round about now, in the normal world, we would be publishing a story detailing all the “hilarious” April Fool’s Day pranks played by newspapers on the(...)

 Seanad candidate Ruth Coppinger: the former  Solidarity TD took Senator Michael McDowell to task over his praise of ‘billionaire misogynist’ Mike Bloomberg. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Let us not forget that there are more important things going on than the formation of a new government, the search for a saviour for the Labour Party (...)

 Black & Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.

The Irish rebel song Come Out Ye Black And Tans has topped the iTunes charts in the UK and Ireland, following a row over a planned commemoration of th(...)

Brian Warfield, fourth from left in a photgraph from Early in the Wolfe Tones’ career, said he will continue to play and tour.

Wolfe Tones frontman Brian Warfield has said he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 73-year-old musician has vowed to “just keep going” (...)

Come Out Ye Black and Tans: the rabble-rouser was sung by The Wolfe Tones. Photograph: Terry Thorp

It has been swirling around the head for nearly a week. After decades of never hearing Come Out Ye Black and Tans, I’m going around humming it to myse(...)

Last night’s episode of the spoof magazine show featured Steve Coogan playing an Irish farmer named Martin Brennan. Screenshot: BBC

Once upon a time, the idea of hearing Come Out, Ye Black and Tans on primetime BBC One was unthinkable. However, that is precisely what came to pass o(...)

Brady Family Ham’s Black and Tans ad: the British oppressed us for 800 years, but we are so over that

While the people next door are busy wrecking their joint, shooting themselves in several limbs and annoying the entire neighbourhood for no good reaso(...)

Clare’s Aron Shanagher. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Clare hurler Aron Shanagher has been ruled out for next year with a cruciate injury. The 20-year-old, who made his championship debut under Davy Fitz(...)

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The Orange Order was once embraced in some southern counties, as is amply illustrated by a folk tale about two men from the Co Cavan village of Killes(...)

The Merriman Tavern, Scariff, Co Clare

Selling the family home is always bittersweet as the memories and emotions held within the walls often seem too sacred to part with. But when that bui(...)

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