Hannah Lemass: “It’s not a surprise that I would have a strong sense of civic responsibility given my family’s connections to politics.” Photograph: Brian Crehan

During the recording of what became known as the Lemass Tapes, published in The Irish Times last June, former taoiseach Seán Lemass was asked in 1967 (...)

Simone Kirby, who plays   a code-breaker in Dublin Castle, and Brian Gleeson as Jimmy Mahon, a Dubliner who survives the Rising to become an intelligence officer in the succeeding mayhem

Heaven help the dramatist who embarks on an interpretation of Irish history. Colin Teevan remembers that after every episode of Rebellion, his recent (...)

Charlie Haughey gets ready to recreate that Duran Duran video. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Poor Leo Varadkar. He can’t even have a photo-op at a pop concert without falling backwards into a bin and then walking around with a bin on his head (...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When a taoiseach visits an island like Inis Meáin in a month like September, the sun should be shining and the limestone landscape extending back to t(...)

September 1979: Pope John Paul II signs the visitors' book at  Áras an Uachtaráin as the president, Dr Patrick Hillery, looks on.

A different Pope, John Paul II, flew in on an Aer Lingus plane to a different Ireland for the papal visit at the end of September 1979. It lasted thr(...)

Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Pope Francis flies into Ireland West Airport for his brief visit to Knock shrine on Sunday week, he will have to atone for past sins, not least (...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey and President Mary Robinson greeted by Lieutenant General James Parker, Chief of Staff, on arrival outside the GPO in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus

The release of British Government files from the UK National Archives in Kew are often as of much interest to Irish historians as they are to British (...)

Garda Richard Fallon’s family surrounded by mourners at his funeral in 1970. Photograph: Fallon family

Finian Fallon has few memories of his father. “I can remember his uniform and how rough it was, the roughness of the material, and I can remember him(...)

Seán Lemass: The Lemass tapes will substantially re-shape our knowledge and understanding of Lemass himself, of Fianna Fáil in and out of government, and political history in the four decades after 1932.

Old tapes can throw new light on history. Seán Lemass was a politician who never wrote an autobiography, but he left behind an extraordinary series of(...)

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The late taoiseach Charles Haughey’s former yacht Celtic Mist is to leave Dublin Bay on Friday for its longest voyage north on a whale research trip t(...)

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