The Cork funeral for the city’s mayor Terence MacSwiney in 1920. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

“I thought the age of body-snatching was gone,” yelled Fr Dan Walsh as British forces commandeered the remains of Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of(...)

 Edgar Allan Poe: spooky coincidence. Photograph: Getty Images

A sharp-eyed Kildare reader writes to suggest that the sub-editor of an Irish Independent GAA story on Monday may have been betraying his or her age. (...)

The publication in 1986 of Anna Parnell’s The Tale of a Great Sham, scrupulously edited and annotated by Dana Hearne, was a landmark event in Irish wo(...)

A mural in Derry’s Bogside depicting John Hume, Martin Luther King jnr, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Derry likes to come out for its own, and look out for its own. But because of Covid it can’t really come out for John Hume, and that’s proving hard fo(...)

“One of the more poignant exhibits at Avondale, an old beech tree, fell over in 1972 aged 238. On a cross-section of the trunk now a sign dates the various rings to events in Irish history. Parnell’s 45-year-old life accounts for a mere three inches of the diameter.”      

After voting in Kilmainham on election day, with Storm Ciara already brewing, I had to make a trip down to Avondale in Co Wicklow, former home of Char(...)

Boris Johnson argues that before the 2014 independence referendum, the SNP said the vote would be a ‘once in a generation’ vote and that they should hold to that commitment.

At prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Boris Johnson was at his most emollient, praising MPs on all sides for the quality of their questions and (...)

James McGovern, a recently retired teacher who led his school to win a record haul of awards for public speaking competitions. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Secrets of school debating success

As a young teacher in CBS Enniscorthy in the mid-1980s, I took over the coaching of the public speaking and debating teams as an extracurricular activ(...)

Role reversal: British prime minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Government Buildings, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is foolish to read too much into body language, but what we saw in Dublin on Monday morning was startling. The Taoiseach was calm, clear, sure of h(...)

Under Charles Stewart Parnell’s leadership, the Irish Party adopted obstructionist tactics that brought the work of the Commons to a standstill for days on end. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The unlikely reference to Charles Stewart Parnell by House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg was apposite, given that the Irish question, in the shape(...)

The Victorian gentleman whose portrait is displayed underneath Nigel Farage’s name on the door of his Brussels office is of Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell.

Visitors passing by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s office in Brussels might end up doing a double take. The Victorian gentleman whose portrait i(...)

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