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American  abolitionist Frederick Douglass, circa 1880. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

On May 23rd, 2011, US president Barack Obama spoke about slavery and oppression to a crowd of up to 60,000 people in College Green in Dublin. “When we(...)

Robert Ballagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

From the moment Robert Ballagh opens the door to his studio, there’s no mistaking who works there. The front room of the small house in Dublin’s north(...)

Damien Dempsey: Letterfrack was “hell on earth,” he says, struggling to keep emotion at bay. “That’s a lot to take in”

The heroes of the celebrity genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? (RTÉ One, Sunday, 9.30pm) are mostly unsung. But for the famous faces tracin(...)

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

It’s here, starting tonight, in venues (and on the streets and on a bus and wherever you’re having yourself) across Dublin. The enormous, varied, chal(...)

 Kerry’s Denis Moran   outnumbered by Dublin’s Sean Doherty, Tommy Drumm, Brian Mullins and Robbie Kelleher (formerly Scoil Uí Chonail) during the All-Ireland final of 1976. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Rahm Emanuel may have announced that he will not be seeking re-election next year as Mayor of Chicago but the former chief of staff in the Barack Obam(...)

Trump blimp coming to Ireland for US president’s visit 0:46

The Trump baby blimp is coming to Ireland for the visit of US president Donald Trump in November. The organisers of the original blimp said they wil(...)

At 6’2” and with a long, black beard, John Nicholson was a tall, imposing figure, fierce and fearless. Photograph: Project Gutenberg/Wikimedia Commons

In 1857, a member of an Indian cult killed himself when he heard that the man he worshipped as a god had departed this life. The Nikal Seynis cult had(...)

Journalist Ursula Halligan spoke before the performance of the  ‘Rainbow Choir’, made up of LGBTI singers who gathered outside the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Thursday, to sing in protest at the exclusion of LGBTI people and their families from the event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former TV3 political correspondent Ursula Halligan has called on the Catholic Church to ditch its language about gay people being “intrinsically disor(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

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