Niall Vallely: ‘I decided not to sit down and write charts and arrangements, and trusted that it would be more about these individuals playing music together than trying to get everybody to fit into some vision that I had’

When concertina player Niall Vallely premiered his provocative new Sounds Like Freedom project at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August, the night was (...)

Mark Cousins: ‘Bernadette Devlin is still the greatest thinker about the North that I have heard’

Who better than Mark Cousins to consider cinema’s relationship with the Troubles? For the last 30 years or so, his famous keening vowels have walked u(...)

The front page of The Irish Times  of August 13th, 1969, reporting on the previous day’s events

Derry is in flames following several hours of bitter street fighting between local residents and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). More than 100 po(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

Camille O’Sullivan and band during their residency at the Irish Arts Center

In a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group are discussing their Irishness. DNA testing kits are big in the United States, prom(...)

An image from the Lost Moment exhibition at the Gallery of Photography. October 1968: Mrs Ferguson and husband James, in Derry. Photograph: Tony McGrath/Observer

It is the vivid faces that stand out most clearly in the photographs currently on display in the National Gallery of Photography in Dublin’s Temple Ba(...)

Michael McLoughlin, in front of the former police station in Dungannon, Co Tyrone,  where he went to hand in the notice applying for the march.

Fifty years ago, on the evening of August 24th, 1968, crowds began to gather in the square in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. Men, women and children, they ca(...)

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must demonstrate the same level of courage as the leaders of the civil rights movement half a century ago to ensure that powersharing gove(...)

The Punch cartoon that depicted the Young Ireland Party as a gorilla

In the fallout from the recent Conservative party and DUP deal, Northern Ireland has enjoyed a rare trip back to the British headlines. The redheaded(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

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