Alfie Byrne

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An Irish soldier and an RUC officer share a joke at the original Irish Border in 1924. Still from Pathé, courtesy of the Irish Film Institute

The original hard Border on the island of Ireland was imposed by the Irish Free State in 1923, and footage of it has now been digitised and put online(...)

The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

It had been three years since Adolf Hitler had risen to power as chancellor of Germany when the country’s national football team touched down in Baldo(...)

A queue outside a church to sign the anti-conscription pledge in 1918.

On April 9th, 1918, House of Commons MPs gathered for a special sitting. At 3pm, British prime minister David Lloyd George briefed the house on the si(...)

Amy Johnson: in May 1930, she flew solo from England to Australia, the first woman to do so

Amy Johnson was born in 1903, the same year that the Wright Brothers made their first flight. It would seem that this was no mere coincidence. Johnson(...)

Alfie Byrne on his bicycle – a familiar sight for generations of Dubliners

In October 1930, Alfie Byrne took office as lord mayor of Dublin. He was 48 years old, and an elected official of long standing: he had served, pre-In(...)

Msgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) succeeds Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez (84), who died in Rome last month

Pope Francis has named Msgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) as the new leader or prelate of Opus Dei. He succeeds Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez (84) w(...)

File photograph of Opus Dei leader Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, who has died aged 84.

The leader of the Catholic institution Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, has died in Rome at the age of 84. The bishop was born in Madri(...)

Harry Kernoff’s, “A Bird Never Flew on One Wing” – was it the inspiration for Star Trek’s Spock?

I don’t know if it’s true that the look of Star Trek’s Mr Spock, who we mentioned here yesterday, was inspired by a Dublin street character from the 1(...)

The memorial seat by Andrew St Ledger on the junction of Alfie Byrne Road and the Clontarf promenade in Dublin has been damaged over the years

A memorial to 10-times lord mayor of Dublin Alfie Byrne is set to be “decommissioned” by Dublin City Council, just 18 months after it was given a rep(...)

The Alfie Byrne memorial seat as it looks today (left) and how it looked shortly after completion. Dublin City Council said said the seat was “not considered to be of great artistic merit” and “the cost of maintenance or conservation required is considered excessive”

A stay of execution has been granted to the memorial to 10-times lord mayor of Dublin Alfie Byrne, following the intervention of its creator. D(...)