Douglas Hyde

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November 1931: Evening dressed drinkers buying at a US bar during prohibition. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that pe(...)

It was hardly our first president’s fault that he died on July 12th. That was in 1949, almost 70 years ago, when Douglas Hyde was 89. Growing up in (...)

President Michael D Higgins hosted a garden party to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of Douglas Hyde on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells.

The provision of services for the Irish language or through the medium of Irish does not need to be excused or justified, President Michael D Higgins (...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

A performance of Thomas Adès’s ‘Powder Her Face’

There is history in the Irish National Opera’s name, and that history tells a lot about the troubled history of opera in Ireland.  The first Iri(...)

Michael D Higgins: If the President was to decline a request for an election, the Taoiseach would be forced to resign.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Politicians in Leinster House are already playing the blame game for an unwanted election, but all sides might be well advised to take a deep breath, (...)

You may have seen last month how Fáilte Ireland wants to create a new brand for the Midlands, following on such successes as the Wild Atlantic Way and(...)

Abbas Akhavan’s Fountain at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photograph: Denis Mortell

Variations on a Garden  Abbas Akhavan. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin (Plus Roadworks: Mona Hatoum, Gallery 2). Until January 13th(...)

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Photograph: Facebook

Ireland’s economic relationship with the United States is a two-way process, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has stressed, as he highlighted the employment cre(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

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