Eoin O Duffy

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      Matt Cullen (left) competing for Ireland in the half mile against Scotland in Croke Park in 1931. The rift that emerged in Irish athletics in the 1930s shattered the hopes and dreams of some of the nation’s most promising runners.

Now that the nation’s euphoria and spontaneous outpouring of pride and joy surrounding boxer Kellie Harrington’s spectacular gold medal win in Tokyo h(...)

Blueshirts: Eoin O’Duffy inspects a guard of honour in 1933. Photograph: Keystone/Gamma via Getty

Eoin O’Duffy had an unremarkable childhood. Born Owen Duffy, he was the son of an impoverished farmer. His self-serving unpublished autobiography pain(...)

Figures revealed in The Irish Times show that by 2019, 27 per cent of gardaí held firearms authorisation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“The Garda Síochána will succeed not by force of arms or numbers, but on their moral authority as servants of the people.” Those were the words spoke(...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

Civil War politics began in the surroundings of what is now the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace and has ended 98 years later at the Convent(...)

The Custom House, then centre of local government, burns in May 1921. The operation to destroy it involved nearly 200 Volunteers. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The first six months of 1921 were by far the most violent period of the Irish War of Independence. In late 1920, a halt to the violence had looked p(...)

 Harland and Wolff shipyard workers in the TV series Titanic - Blood and Steel.  It is  estimated that in July 1920, 7,000 workers – Catholics and socialists – were expelled from the shipyards

The traditional narrative of the War of Independence identifies the dates of the conflict as encompassing the period from January 21st, 1919, until th(...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

If Wednesday’s historic announcement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael marked the end of Civil War politics, its beginnings can be traced to a vote on(...)

  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,(...)

Flawless foundation: former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The important task of stockpiling ammunition ahead of the general election is underway in earnest in the main parties. Goggle-eyed junior assistants (...)

Circa 1935: Eoin O'Duffy at a rally of his Blueshirts. To his right is Alfred Byrne, the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Hutton Archive/Getty

The Revolution Files is a collection of articles detailing one incident in each of Ireland’s 32 counties during the revolutionary years, from 1916 to (...)

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