Michael Collins: “there is no crime in detecting and destroying, in war-time, the spy and the informer”

Why did Bloody Sunday happen? To answer this question, we need to go back to 1918 when Michael Collins was introduced to Eamon Broy. Broy was a detect(...)

Author John Jefferies with the Rolls Royce “Moon Car” on Cobh Pier at the launch of “Death on the Pier”. Mr Jefferies is a descendant of one of the episode’s key participants, IRA man Daniel “Sandow” O’Donovan

It was described by the then president of Dáil Éireann, William T Cosgrave, as “a dastardly outrage” without parallel “in its deliberation and its sav(...)

Family tragedy: Seán Lemass in 1964; the Coroner’s Register 1907-1916 from the National Archive; and the entry detailing the death of Herbert Lemass due to laceration of the brain caused by a bullet fired accidentally by his brother. The photograph of the burning Four Courts was taken in 1922 by 17-year-old Joe Rodgers, who lived across the River Liffey, on Essex Quay. Coroners Register photographs: Dara MacDónaill; Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/ Irish Times Premedia

Seán Lemass’s public record – involvement in 1916, the War of Independence, the Civil War, forsaking of the armed struggle in favour of electoral poli(...)