Arthur Griffith arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 11th, 1921 after the truce is declared. Photograph: The National Museum of Ireland

What happened in 1921 in Ireland? A lot is the short answer. The two jurisdictions on this island which are now the Republic of Ireland and Northern(...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

Civil War politics began in the surroundings of what is now the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace and has ended 98 years later at the Convent(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

If Wednesday’s historic announcement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael marked the end of Civil War politics, its beginnings can be traced to a vote on(...)

A who’s who of Irish revolutionary figures passed through no6 Harcourt Street, but the man most associated with it was Michael Collins who directed the Dáil loan from his room on the second floor. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

If any building could be considered to be the home of the Irish revolution, that building would be 6 Harcourt Street. For four years it was the home(...)

Solohead village outside Tipperary town.

In January 1950 a memorial was unveiled to those who carried out the Soloheadbeg ambush. It is situated in Solohead village outside Tipperary town sur(...)

Ross Keane, director of the Irish Film Institute (IFI) with members of the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society at the launch of the Irish Independence Film Collection, a culturally significant collection of Irish newsreel material from the period 1900 to 1930.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

It is fortunate for posterity that the Irish revolution occurred at the dawn of the era of newsreels. So many of the tumultuous events in Ireland dur(...)

The meeting in Ballaghaderreen to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland on May 5th, 1918, was addressed by Éamon de Valera and Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Dillon. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images
1918 timeline

January 8th US president Woodrow Wilson sets out his “14 points for peace” in a speech to Congress. He outlines the possible contours of a post-war se(...)

Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)