Eamon De Valera

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Ernest Blythe (holding hat) in the funeral procession for Michael Collins, 1922. Photograph: Courtesy of National Library of Ireland.

It was no secret to his friends or enemies that Ernest Blythe could be as two-faced as the shilling he took off the old age pension in 1924.   H(...)

The German team line up and raise their right hands during the national anthems ahead of the 5-2 loss to Ireland in Dalymount Park in 1936. Photo: Pathé News screenshot

It had been three years since Adolf Hitler had risen to power as chancellor of Germany when the country’s national football team touched down in Baldo(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív insists he did nothing wrong by attending the launch of what appeared to be the announcement of a candidate running under (...)

 Martin Mansergh: said the diverse range of presidential candidates seeking a nomination showed the criteria were ‘neither too liberal nor too restrictive’.

Ireland has been well-served over the years by a succession of presidents with a record of distinguished public service to the State, historian and fo(...)

Micheál Martin said there had been a proposal prior to him becoming Minister for Education in 1997 to have history removed as a core subject at Junior Certificate level.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he will restore history to the core Junior Certificate curriculum if his party are in government after the (...)

Éamon de Valera on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London in 1932. Photograph: PA

Political rivals Éamon de Valera and WT Cosgrave are jointly responsible for preserving democracy in the Irish State when so many other European count(...)

The British base at Spike Island off the Cork coast was the first to be handed over on July 11th, 1938. Photograph: Richard Mills

The 80th anniversary of the handover of the “Treaty ports” was recalled at a ceremony on Spike Island in Cork on Wednesday. In 1938, with tensions mo(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the James Joyce grave in Fluntern cemetery, Zurich. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Half a century ago, when Fritz Senn organised a James Joyce symposium in Ireland, not all locals were impressed. This newspaper’s Quidnunc column sum(...)

Members of the old IRA fire volleys at the funeral, in September 1938, of Edward Keegan, an Irish Volunteer who was dismissed from the advertising department of ‘The Irish Times’ for going to fight in the Easter Rising. The paper has bought his 1916 medal to put on permanent display in the foyer. Photograph courtesy of his granddaughter Joan Pinhorn

The IRA, which carried out a series of bombing attacks in England before the opening of the second World War, had been infiltrated by “ultra-conservat(...)

John F Kennedy in the Dáil during his visit to Ireland 1963: a joke he made fell flat with president Éamon De Valera.

President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 just months before his assassination offered Sean Lemass the opportunity to put forward an im(...)

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