Dick Mckee

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British authorities fear trouble in Dublin, and refuse to allow Terence MacSwiney’s remains go anywhere near the Irish capital. Instead, his coffin is put on the steamer Rathmore at Holyhead in Wales, and sent directly to Cork under military guard. However, a planned requiem Mass still goes ahead in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. And this is the planned funeral procession through Sackville Street, (now O’Connell Street) Dublin on October 29th, 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

January 2nd: The War of Independence begins in earnest with an attack on Carrigtwohill RIC barracks in Co Cork. January 15th: Sinn Féin has major su(...)

Michael Collins: “there is no crime in detecting and destroying, in war-time, the spy and the informer”

Why did Bloody Sunday happen? To answer this question, we need to go back to 1918 when Michael Collins was introduced to Eamon Broy. Broy was a detect(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate in April 1921. Photograph: WD Hogan/National Library of Ireland

There is nothing new about fake news. The first casualty of war is the truth and this was certainly true of the War of Independence. A new photograph(...)

Fake photo: A “battle” in Tralee, in 1920, was restaged on Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, by Dublin Castle press office

Fake news has come to the fore recently, particularly across the Atlantic. It is interesting that about 100 years ago in Ireland, practitioners of pro(...)

Jocelyn Lee ‘Hoppy’ Hardy, a lieutenant in the Connaught Rangers, made numerous attempts to escape German prison camps before finally succeeding. (Courtesy, National Library of Ireland)
Hardy: the great escaper

In the recently aired episode about comedian Brendan O’Carroll on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, much of the focus was a whodunit exposition on the (...)