Eoin Macneill

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In October 1920, the bishops trenchantly condemned the Black and Tans. Photograph: iStock

Commentary on War of Independence events has made little reference to the stance of the Catholic Church then. There remains an impression that it was,(...)

The treaty makers, December 6th, 1921:  Including Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton; standing, Gavan Duffy. Photograph:  The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty

This is the first of a series of articles The Irish Times will publish in the coming weeks, to mark the centenary of partition in May 2021 Partition (...)

The annual rosebowl tournament contested by Dublin golf clubs was won by Castle, with Elm Park a close second. Photograph: Getty Images

Galway’s online congress held over the weekend attracted strong fields that included a number of out-of-state competitors in the main events. Victo(...)

Arthur Griffith: the many lighter pieces he wrote reveal a witty man with a keen sense of humour. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

December this year marks the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the foundation document of Ireland’s independence. The person who led(...)

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

The so-called “Squad” was a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins, several of whom played key roles in a series of assassinations on the mor(...)

Josephine McNeill: the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. Photograph: Courtesy of UCD Archives

Josephine McNeill was the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. She took up her post in The Hague 70 years ago in January 1950 and served i(...)

Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Sunday 47 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former tánaiste and minister for justice, Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Su(...)

Sligo Gaol

County: Sligo Incident: Jailbreak at Sligo Gaol Date: June 26th, 1920 The widow of a TD who was executed during the Civil War took her own life 14 ye(...)

Lea-Wilson's widow, Dr Marie Lea-Wilson, came to prominence when a painting she purchased at an auction in 1924 turned out to be identified in 1990 as Caravaggio's masterpiece.

County: Wexford Incident: Killing of RIC officer Percival Lea-Wilson Date: June 15th, 1920 Fatalities: 1 IRA volunteers in Wexfor(...)

Protest meeting in 1918 in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, against conscription in Ireland. In April that year,  Lloyd George’s government had given itself the power to extend conscription to Ireland. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

Such is the drama of violence that it is easy to forget that the most important moment in the creation of an independent Irish State was a democratic (...)

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