Samuel Beckett. Photograph:    Louis Monier/Getty Images

Here at the Society for the Preservation of “Literally” as an Adverb of Truth (SPLAT), we were called upon recently to investigate a case involving th(...)

Patrick Pearse’s surrender letter has attracted significant attention including calls for its retention within the State. Photograph: The Irish Times

A surrender letter written by Patrick Pearse in Easter Week 1916 looks set to leave Ireland after being withdrawn from auction in Dublin when bidding(...)

The Patrick Pearse letter written at Arbour Hill three days before his execution.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A surrender letter written by Patrick Pearse in Easter Week 1916 should be withdrawn from auction, a leading historian has said. Diarmaid Ferriter,(...)

Adam’s Fine Art Auctioneers  director Stuart Cole  holding the historic Patrick Pearse surrender letter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Throughout this year, hundreds of items associated with the 1916 Rising have been sold at auction in Ireland and overseas, but the top lots are only n(...)

Irish Times journalist Ruadhán Mac Cormaic at the launch of The Supreme Court with Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of modern Irish history at UCD, last night. It is the first book about the Supreme Court since the foundation of the State. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

The first book about the Supreme Court since the foundation of the State reminds us of how in the dark we are about the workings of certain instituti(...)

“By all means support them and be in the background, but parents do their kids no favours by continuing to smooth the path for them.” Photograph: Getty Images

As the Leaving Cert results glow fades, it’s replaced by the new reality of college fees, turning strangers into friends and navigating sprawling cam(...)

At the national hunger strike commemoration march last year,  at which family members of those who died during the hunger strikes hold  portraits of those who died. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On this day 35 years ago, INLA hunger striker Michael Devine died in the Maze prison, the 10th and last of the hunger strikers to die during one of th(...)

Bishop Paul Colton. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The willingness to accept diverse views and interpretations about the 1916 Easter Rising is hopefully a sign of Ireland’s growing maturity as a nation(...)

The Government can be relieved at how well the celebrations have gone, given the apprehensions of a couple of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In dealing with historical commemorations, the priority of the government of the day is to make them “relevant” or at the least to survive the pitfall(...)

It was more than fitting that the main event of Easter Sunday 2016 was to honour those who have served and protected the State over the often turbule(...)

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