Bobby Sands

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Des Dalton at the Republican Sinn Féin shop on Dublin’s Parnell Street, surrounded by republican paraphernalia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The rooms in Republican Sinn Féin’s offices on Parnell Street in Dublin are filled with a chaotic clutter, a mass of agitprop paraphernalia stuffed in(...)

Public voice: Paula Meehan in 2015. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Although Paula Meehan was born in 1955 and grew up in the new working-class Dublin suburb of Finglas, she is one of the last artists with roots in the(...)

The comedian Robin Williams said that people who remembered the 1960s weren’t really there. If you remember the 1980s, on the other hand, you probabl(...)

Bernie Sanders  wrote to Margaret Thatcher in 1981 in a bid to end the ‘degrading treatment’ of hunger strikers in Northern Ireland. Photograph: EPA/The Irish Times

Bernie Sanders wrote to Margaret Thatcher in 1981 in a bid to put a stop to the “abuse, humiliation and degrading treatment” of IRA prisoners who were(...)

Fr Dennis Faul, knowing what would happen if the hunger striker Bobby Sands died, made desperate attempts to persuade him to end his fast to the death.  PA Wire

Recent articles in The Irish Times revisited the question of the relationship between sacrifice and religiously sanctioned political violence. Since 9(...)

Gerry Adams’ book of tweets will go on sale on January 29th at a price of €8.99.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is to release a book of his best tweets this month, according to the party’s website. The book promises to show “the lig(...)

Paul Breen: ‘I would be happy with the term Londoner. I embrace the culture, identity and history of the London Irish.’

Reading the Generation Emigration article by another Fermanagh-born writer, Kylie Noble, on Monday, I found it refreshing and thought-provoking. My ow(...)

John DeLorean in 1981. There were three DeLorean stories – DeLorean the man, DeLorean the car, DeLorean the factory – and that the only place where they all overlapped was Belfast. File photograph: PA

In August 1978, the American automobile executive John Z DeLorean, a former General Motors (GM) vice-president, announced that he was setting up a fac(...)

Relatives of prisoners who died during the hunger strikes march with their pictures  at the ‘National Hunger strike Commemoration March’ in August this year. Picture Nick Bradshaw

You’d be hard pressed to find someone on these islands who doesn’t have an opinion on the hunger strikes. The 1980 and 1981 republican hunger strikes (...)

Martin O’Neill: Understands only too well the nature of tribes. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Normality in the 1970s was an escort from the Argyll Regiment of the British Army – the Pancake heads – out of Windsor Park towards the Lisburn Road. (...)

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