Eoin O Duffy

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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

County: Monaghan Incident: Attack on Ballytrain Barracks Date: February 14th, 1920 The capture of Ballytrain Barracks in Monaghan by the IRA in Febru(...)

Garda Majella Moynihan in 1998: As senior gardaí interrogated her, she was subjected to a lay version of a Catholic marriage tribunal. Photograph: RTÉ

In September 1922, in the midst of the Civil War, Eoin O’Duffy was appointed commissioner of the new Civic Guard, shortly to be renamed An Garda Síoch(...)

Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Surely some only marginally-compromised elder statesfolk could have been conjured up to give Higgins some proper competition? Photograph: Tom Honan

Right you shower of bastards, now that Peter Casey is president* things are going to be very different around here. Obviously, we at The Iri(...)

Bertie Ahern in 1991. Photo: Getty Images).

Perhaps, as he says, beliefs are “moulded into the DNA”, or maybe a lifetime in politics sustaining only mild abrasions has taught him never to be cau(...)

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(...)

Delighted Monaghan fans at Pearse Park, Salthill celebrate the  victory over Galway which earned the county a semi-final place against Tyrone. Photograph:  Laszlo/Geczo

I don’t know what Paris in 1968 felt like, or Berlin after the wall came down. But last Saturday night in Salthill must have been the Monaghan GAA equ(...)

Michael Collins, Luke O’Toole and Harry Boland at Croke Park for the 1921 Leinster hurling final. Photo: ‘The GAA & Revolution in Ireland 1913-1923.

Sometimes history happens and nobody notices. The moment is missed and passes unacknowledged. This was not one of those occasions. The reporter for t(...)

After the weekend’s events in Navan, which saw another dismal instance of a GAA referee having to be given a police escort off the field because some (...)

Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona. Photograph: Getty Images

“This is the first time an 11-year-old has dragged his parents to come on the tour,” says Irishwoman Catherine Howley, who runs Spanish Civil War tour(...)

Gay rights activist Tonie Walsh: “People were conditioned into a state of fear by the existence of the law.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was well after midnight when Tonie Walsh was woken by the ringing phone. On the line was a panicked friend. He had been out in Dublin and decided t(...)

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