Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, took his own life 100 years ago this month. Some of the 1916 leaders in the GPO discussed the possibility of putting the German prince on the Irish throne.

One hundred years ago this month, Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, shot himself in his castle outside Potsd(...)

Erskine Childers: born in London 150 years ago on June 25th. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

One of Erskine Childers’s biographies is titled The Riddle of Erskine Childers, and there was much that was enigmatic about him. English born, he work(...)

Lot 72 Jack B. Yeats, Early Morning, Glasnevin, €177,000–€295,000

A collection of Irish art and furniture from the estate of the late housebuilder Patrick Joseph Kelly will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on Marc(...)

Sir Hamer Greenwood, chief secretary for Ireland, inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)

What is the greatest single performance in the Irish theatre in the last 25 years? A silly question, perhaps. But if I had to answer it, I would say i(...)

A Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy prison during the  War of Independence. Kathleen Mary Napoli was informed she was not eligible for a pension because she was not a member of the organisation

A woman whose work was considered vital in countering British propaganda during the War of Independence was turned down for both a pension and a war m(...)

  Dan Hogan had all the confidence of a new generation rising to power. Photograph: Courtesy of Monaghan County Museum

While the St Valentine’s Day Massacre was sealing the notoriety of Chicago 90 years ago this week, the effects of a rather more modest act of violence(...)

Concrete jungle: the US embassy in Dublin, designed by John M Johansen and completed in 1964. Photograph: Paul Tierney/Dublin City Council

Ugly, hated and dated, it can feel as if the years between 1940 and 1970 were wilderness ones in Ireland: decades that taste and time forgot. As our n(...)

University of Limerick president  Prof Desmond Fitzgerald:  “I want to assure families and students that the information is accurate – and we will continue to improve the system.” Photograph: Alan Place

The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period(...)

Ernest Blythe (holding hat) in the funeral procession for Michael Collins, 1922. Photograph: Courtesy of National Library of Ireland.

It was no secret to his friends or enemies that Ernest Blythe could be as two-faced as the shilling he took off the old age pension in 1924.   H(...)

The Armada table sold at Adam’s Country House Collections sale for €360,000 dates from 1558

Going, going: but not gone. The Armada table of the O’Briens, princes of Thomond, has been sold at auction for €360,000. Made from the timbers of a sh(...)

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