File image of RIC cadets in Dublin. File photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

The general election was bookended by two episodes which show how remembrance of the State’s past remains current affairs. Fine Gael’s postponed, an(...)

Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the Irish Wars Gallery 1919-1923 exhibition at the  museum  in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Politicians have been told it “will be a shame, and shameful” if the tolerance that has marked the Decade of Commemorations is lost following the cont(...)

Baby John’s grave, in St Cronan’s cemetery in Roscrea. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

OVER FIVE DECADES, DOZENS OF DEAD NEWBORNS HAVE BEEN ABANDONED ACROSS IRELAND – OFTEN THE RESULTS OF CONCEALED PREGNANCIES AND SOCIAL STIGMA. EACH (...)

Suspects being searched in Dublin, Ireland in 1920 during the Irish War of Independence. From Story of Twenty Five Years, published 1935. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Hats off to the National Library of Ireland, whose current exhibition, From Turmoil to Truce, maturely confronts a difficult challenge that caused a p(...)

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)  in Waterford in 1917. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was forced to postpone a  commemoration for the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.   Photograph: A. H. Poole Collection

Before a decade of commemorations began in 2012 of the years around the creation of the State, then taoiseach Enda Kenny was only too well aware that (...)

Eamon Ó’ Cuív, a member of the all-party advisory committee on commemorations, pictured with Fianna Fáil party leader (left) Micheál Martin. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) will not go ahead as planned if Fianna Fáil(...)

May 1921: Lord John Denton Pinkstone French inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary. Hundreds of RIC members were killed during the War of Independence. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty

In September the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan became the first government minister to attend a commemoration service for the Royal Irish Cons(...)

 Professor Diarmaid Ferriter has said the expert advisory group on commemorations never suggested there should be a State event for the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Historian Professor Diarmaid Ferriter has said the expert advisory group on commemorations never suggested there should be a State event for the Royal(...)

Clare Island cliffs. Illustration: Michael Viney

A shade too big to be mysterious, a bit too near the shore to seem utterly remote, Clare Island still has an iconic presence. Its arching silhouette, (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I think there has been a perception that history was being downgraded and obviously I had to address that head-on.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh has ruled out making subjects such as geography or science mandatory after moving to make the study of history (...)

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