Eamon De Valera

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It took an English comedian, Steve Coogan, via the BBC, to relaunch Come Out Ye Black and Tans to an Irish audience. Photograph: BBC

There is a double irony in the revived popularity of Dominic Behan’s Come Out Ye Black and Tans, a song that briefly topped the British singles charts(...)

Labour’s Emmet Stagg (Kildare North) and Green Party’s Tate Donnelly (Cavan Monaghan). Photographs: Gareth Chaney / Collins and The Greens

With more than half a century between their birth dates, general election candidates Emmet Stagg and Tate Donnelly were each born into a very differen(...)

  Near the altar of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is a secular portrait depicting a session of the League of Nations in 1936. The focus of the picture is an address by Emperor Haile Selassie. But in the background, looking on, is de Valera.

Eamon de Valera may have a mixed reputation in Ireland, the country he dominated for so long. But he holds an exalted place – literally – in Ethiopia,(...)

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald arriving for  the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Fear is here. You can smell this general election now. On Monday night an Ipsos/MRBI missile detonated smack in the middle of long-held assumption(...)

 “If the Basque flag is not widely adopted by Mayo supporters, despite the coincidence of colour schemes, that may be due to a structural problem.” Photograph: Oleksii Liskonih/iStock

When Meath host Mayo in GAA’s National Football League this weekend, it’s possible that the home supporters may still include a few Fifth Columnists, (...)

The late Jürgen Gottschalk was founder and for many years president of the Irish-German Society in Würzburg, who earlier this autumn donated his vast library – some 4,000 titles – to the University of Limerick

What might the collective term for a gathering of diplomats be? A whisper? A (garden) party? A bag? I can’t decide, but whatever you call it, there wi(...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

Éamon de Valera in New York with Friends of Irish Freedom’s Judge Daniel  Cohalan and John Devoy in July 1919. Photograph:   Topical Press Agency/Getty

As Ireland continues to mark various centenaries connected to the struggle for independence, this month marks the 100-year anniversary of an important(...)

Ring-tailed lemur: stunned reaction. Photograph: Natalia Bubochkina/iStock

Dr Charles Daly (Letters, Wednesday) is right to complain about the overuse of the word “stunning”, and its variations, in a recent issue of this news(...)

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

“Five seconds, four, three, two, one.” We’re on the deck, the control room for the TV studio below, with a wall of screens showing camera views: a pan(...)

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