Dan Breen

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The site of the Soloheadbeg ambush, which  started a chain of events that brought about not just one but three civil conflicts that were fought primarily between Irish people. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

On January 21, 1919, the Sinn Féin MPs elected to Parliament in 1918 implemented a policy of abstention from Westminster and met as Dáil Éireann, affi(...)

Photographs from a wanted poster issued for IRA man Dan Breen

Soloheadbeg is not much of a place, though most Irish people have been close enough to it at some stage; it is about a mile from Limerick Junction. I(...)

Historian and former government minister Dr Martin Mansergh will unveil a new information board about the Soloheadbeg ambush later this month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Soloheadbeg ambush centenary say the decision of President Michael D Higgins not to attend is a “missed opportunity”. The Solo(...)

A plaque marking the site of the Soloheadbeg ambush in Co Tipperary. The incident on January 21st, 1919, involved the first shots fired in the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Áras an Uachtaráin has declined to say why President Michael D Higgins turned down an invitation to attend an event in Co Tipperary later in January c(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks at a  commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Armistice Day commemorations were a serious security headache in the early years of the State and were frequently accompanied by violent clashes. Ex(...)

Images of Dan Breen from a police notice offering a £1,000 reward for the capture of the Soloheadbeg ambush organiser, “wanted for murder in Ireland” and described as having a “sulky bulldog appearance”.

There has been something of a lull in the decade of centenaries since 2016 but that tranquillity is likely to be disturbed in coming months. Novembe(...)

Prince Charles meets school children during a visit to Cork Naval Base. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Sean O’Callaghan probably never envisaged his ballad extolling all things Cork from harriers to hurlers being used to greet members of the Britis(...)

Weaver’s sword  on display at the launch of the  exhibition at Cork Public Museum. Photograph: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM Photo

Excavations at a former brewery in Cork have uncovered the foundations of 19 wooden Viking age houses from the 11th and 12th centuries. Some of the (...)

Birr Castle, Co Offaly. Three executions at the castle feature in the latest documents released by the Military Service Pensions Collection. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The savagery of the Civil War is laid bare in the latest documents released by the Military Service Pensions Collection, including files on 66 of the(...)

Dan Breen as pictured in a wanted poster issued by police.

A woman who sheltered Dan Breen and Seán Treacy after the incident which started the War of Independence was eventually awarded a military pension. M(...)

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