Eoin Mac Neill

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A post man by the Border. Photograph by Terence Spencer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

The increasing threat of a hard Brexit means we could shortly see a return to a hard Border in Ireland. Here, we look back at how Northern Ireland (...)

Department of Justice headquarters on St Stephen’s Green: the department should have made the exhibition about the assassination of the State’s first minister for justice, Kevin O’Higgins, public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I rang the Department of Justice last week, not as a commentator or outraged citizen, but as a curious historian. After reading the account by Stephen(...)

President Michael D Higgins will vis Kilmurry village to officially open a new museum which houses an exhibition commemorating Cork’s role in the fight for Irish freedom. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

A community centrally involved in the events of 1916 and the War of Independence in Cork is to be honoured next week . President Michael D Higgins wil(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at Sunday’s Easter Rising centenary commemorations in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Easter Rising commemorations struck the right note in terms of dignity and inclusivity and reflected how much Ireland as a state and as a populati(...)

John Bruton was part of a guard of honour at the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to send Defence Forces officers with Tricolours and copies of the Proclamation (...)

Defences Forces personnel march past the GPO in a previous  1916 commemoration. Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised plans  to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 centenary. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 commemoration progra(...)

Eoin Mac Neill “was equally and utterly tough when it came to 1922 and the Civil War…he was absolutely clear that violence could be used’’, his grandson,  former minister for justice and former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Nationalist leader Eoin Mac Neill was not some kind of “dotty professor’’ opposed to violence, his grandson, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, has sai(...)

Pearse’s writings “consistently and deliberately and without reservation equate the patriot and the patriot people with Christ.  Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

In 1972, an article that appeared in the relatively rarefied pages of the Jesuit published journal Studies caused controversy. Its author was Fr Franc(...)

Eoin Mac Neill with sons Brian and Niall in 1917.

In December, an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic was sold for £305,000 (€420,000) by Sotheby’s, an amount far above its £(...)

James Connolly and the cross that marks the spot in Kilmainham Gaol wher ehe was executed: “For his entire adult life James Connolly’s defining characteristic was his total devotion to the cause of Marxism,” argues Sean O’Callaghan. “Nothing was allowed to get in the way”

I have recently written a book about James Connolly, who was easily the most important political influence on me when I was growing up in Tralee. I(...)

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