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The 10 hunger strikers who died in 1981: Our project, which includes this Irish Times series, a conference that took place in London at the University of Notre Dame and a special issue of the academic journal, The Irish Review, has sought to reassess the events of 1981, and their legacy, 35 years on

Irish identities, Ian McBride argues in History and Memory in Modern Ireland, are “constructed upon a grid of talismanic dates”. The commemorative pr(...)

At the national hunger strike commemoration march last year,  at which family members of those who died during the hunger strikes hold  portraits of those who died. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On this day 35 years ago, INLA hunger striker Michael Devine died in the Maze prison, the 10th and last of the hunger strikers to die during one of th(...)

1 Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) The Abbey, Clare Island, Co Mayo Pirate queen and warrior princess, clan chieftain and matriarch, Grace O’Malley had (...)

A scene from Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village

Aoife Kelleher has a knack for locating stories that Irish people want to hear. One Million Dubliners, her documentary about Glasnevin Cemetery, play(...)

IRA hunger striker: Laurence McKeown. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

From his hiding place in the hedge Laurence McKeown could clearly hear the conversation between the two bingo women. It was a summer’s night in July (...)

Poster for Brendan J Byrne’s ‘66 Days’.

Thirty-five years after the hunger strikes that led to the death of Bobby Sands and nine other republican inmates of the Maze prison, Brendan J Byrne’(...)

Late loyalist leader Billy Wright photographed  in front of a loyalist mural in early 1997. File photograph: PA Photo

Northern Ireland’s chief constable has expressed regret over the police’s handling of a controversy around the erection of a poster celebrating a not(...)

With the deadening inevitability of rain at a barbecue, Unionist politicians have complained about modest public funds being passed to Brendan J Byrn(...)

The VR documentary Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel

Fancy taking part in the battle of the Somme, or travelling to the moon with Apollo 11? How about a stint in the GPO during the Easter Rising, or a sp(...)

The aftermath of the 1998 Omagh bombing: “Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich, for example, could benefit from a crash course in the Troubles to remind them that Isis no more equals Islam that the UDA equals Protestantism or the IRA Catholicism.” Photograph: Frank Millar/The Irish Times

After every atrocity, the screens and airwaves fill with terrorism experts trying to fill the void in rational language opened up by the latest unspea(...)

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