A scene from a dramatisation of  Tressell’s The Ragged  Trousered Philanthropists performed in London in 1949. Photograph: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images
Run Ragged Run

When James Joyce’s Dubliners first appeared in 1914, it carried an advertisement on the dus(...)

Seán Potts, whose whistle playing with The Chieftains and Ceoltóirí Chualann elevated the instrument to a higher plain, died on February 11th a(...)

Fighting talk: Joe Ó Muircheartaigh  in Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

“There’s hope in the air,” declares Jim O’Sullivan as the bunting goes up all around him in Shannon’s Skycourt centre, “and God knows we can’t say the(...)

John F Kennedy lays a wreath at the statue of Commodore John Barry, with mayor of Wexford Thomas Byrne, minister of external affairs Frank Aiken and US ambassador to Ireland Matthew McCloskey
When Ireland woke up

In June 1963, the month when John F Kennedy came to Ireland, memory moved from black and white, or strange dullness, to full technicolour. I kn(...)