Arthur Griffith was chairman of the small Irish team sent to negotiate a treaty with Britain in 1921

“When I was going to London Mr de Valera said to me, ‘There may have to be scapegoats’ . . . [Michael] Collins and myself were willing to be scapegoat(...)

Alice Lyons, Kathleen McKenna  and Ellie Lyons in  London. Photograph: EA Lawlor private collection/military archives

ELLIE and ALICE LYONS The sisters Ellie (born September 21st, 1889) and Alice Lyons (born July 30th, 1893), were from Dublin, the daughters of Edward (...)

The then taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,  with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire in October 2019, ahead of private talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Photograph: PA Wire

The treaty shaped Irish politics for a century. While the Civil War concluded in 1923, Civil War politics really only ended last year when Fine Gael (...)

Michael Collins arriving at Earlsfort Terrace for a Dáil meeting in January  1921. Photograph:   Independent News And Media/Getty Images

On the evening of December 5th, 1921, after two months locked in negotiations with the Irish, the British prime minister David Lloyd George decided th(...)

 Mary MacSwiney believed her task was to continue her brother’s fidelity to a separatist republic. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty

By her own admission Mary MacSwiney was no longer a young woman when her brother, Terence, died in Brixton prison on October 25th, 1920. Yet it was f(...)

The Irish delegation  (from left) Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Erskine Childers, Michael Collins, George Gavan Duffy, Robert Barton and John Chartres. Photograph: Hulton Archive

IRISH DELEGATION Arthur Griffith (1871-1922): Arthur Griffith was the head of the Irish delegation to London and more than anyone else he was respons(...)

Michael Collins (left) and Arthur Griffith. File photograph

For the last 100 years, the behaviour of British prime minister David Lloyd George at the end of the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations has been the subj(...)

The treaty makers, December 6th, 1921:  Including Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton; standing, Gavan Duffy. Photograph:  The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty

This is the first of a series of articles The Irish Times will publish in the coming weeks, to mark the centenary of partition in May 2021 Partition (...)

 David Stifter, Professor  of Old Irish at Maynooth University, favours the argument for the origin of the name Tadhg as deriving from a word meaning “badger”.

Writing about the name Tadhg last week, I suggested it derived from an Irish word meaning “poet” or “storyteller”. That’s the usual theory, and an und(...)

Arthur Griffith: the many lighter pieces he wrote reveal a witty man with a keen sense of humour. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

December this year marks the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the foundation document of Ireland’s independence. The person who led(...)

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