Ernest Blythe

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 Patrick Bamford: “It’s amazing the amount of uproar that comes into the game when somebody’s pockets are getting hurt.” Photograph: Clive Brunskill / AFP

Further to Ray Burke’s Diary yesterday on the 1956 Tate Gallery theft, an interesting but lesser reported aspect of that crime was the paternal backgr(...)

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 (...)

Teresa Deevy: in recent years, critical attention has turned to her radio drama.

For more than four decades after her death in 1963, Teresa Deevy’s papers were stored in a large green suitcase under a bed in the family home, Landsc(...)

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(...)

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 His self-serving unpublished autobiography pain(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, took his own life 100 years ago this month. Some of the 1916 leaders in the GPO discussed the possibility of putting the German prince on the Irish throne.

One hundred years ago this month, Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, shot himself in his castle outside Potsd(...)

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(...)

President John F Kennedy’s visit to  Galway. Fitzpatrick demonstrates that “the course of modern Irish history is inexplicable without confronting Americanisation”. Photograph: Corbis/Getty Images

The exodus of nearly 10 million people from Ireland after 1700 to North America, but also Britain and Australasia, created a diaspora unique in scale (...)

In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

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