Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

Morrissey has given support to Brexit, and the far-right party For Britain

On either side of the accession to power of Margaret Thatcher, two great songs acted as harbingers of the long, slow death of the British state. Both (...)

Woodlawn House, The Oaks, Upper Churchtown Road, Dublin 14

Despite standing for 220 years, there is very little in State or online records about Woodlawn House in Dublin 14. Old photographs of the house show (...)

Michael Collins at the launch of the Dáil loan, surrounded by many prominent figures from the Irish revolution including the mother of Patrick Pearse and the widows of Tom Clarke and Eamon Ceannt. Source: Irish Film Institute

On April 4th, 1919, Michael Collins’s motion to Dáil Éireann to approve a £250,000 Dáil loan was approved. Nothing was left to chance by the newly a(...)

 Minister Heather Humphreys TD at the launch of the book Protestant and Irish pictured with its editors Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne, at the RIA in Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Growing up in north Leitrim in the 1980s, Colin Regan, a member of the Church of Ireland who played senior football for the county GAA team, remembers(...)

Photographs from a wanted poster issued for IRA man Dan Breen

Soloheadbeg is not much of a place, though most Irish people have been close enough to it at some stage; it is about a mile from Limerick Junction. I(...)

Garda Sgt John Gallagher and presiding officer Carmel McBride deliver a ballot box to Inishbofin island, off Co Galway, for the Irish presidential election and referendum on blasphemy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is important that as many people as possible exercise their right to vote today, giving a strong mandate to the president who will serve the countr(...)

Stanley Johnson: “If the Irish want to shoot each other they will shoot each other whether there’s a hard  border or whether there’s a soft border.” Photograph: Ian West/PA

If only because of his own family history, Stanley Johnson should have known better than that blithe dismissal of concerns about the post-Brexit Borde(...)

In 1903, Melville surprised newspaper readers and crime fans by announcing his retirement. In truth, he had been recruited by the War Office for the new intelligence gathering agencies which would become MI5 and MI6.

Like many Irish emigrants, parts of William Melville’s history are uncertain. Family lore, as recounted in the excellent research curator Helen O’Carr(...)

September 1979: Pope John Paul II signs the visitors' book at  Áras an Uachtaráin as the president, Dr Patrick Hillery, looks on.

A different Pope, John Paul II, flew in on an Aer Lingus plane to a different Ireland for the papal visit at the end of September 1979. It lasted thr(...)

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