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(...)

Scene of the crime. Photograph: iStock

A familiar stereotype about crime novels is that they rely on a conservative sense of closure that restores order to the narrative but distorts images(...)

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The late taoiseach Charles Haughey’s former yacht Celtic Mist is to leave Dublin Bay on Friday for its longest voyage north on a whale research trip t(...)

Tahilla Cove Tahilla Sneem Co Kerry

An 11 acre plot of land near Sneem in Co Kerry was purchased in the 1930’s by Horace Roye, the English photographer whose nude portraits scandalised L(...)

The “Ilen” workers: (front row) Br Anthony Keane, John Hegarty, Mary Rose Hegarty; (back row) Gary Mac Mahon, Gene O’Neill, Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan, Ted O’Donovan, Mike Harris, Liam Hegarty, Colm O’Cuilleanain, Mary Jordan. Photograph:  Gary Mac Mahon

When Ireland’ s first round-world yachtsman Conor O’Brien designed and built a 56ft ketch more than 90 years ago, he was not to know that it would bec(...)

The object of her gaze, she explained, was the number “77”, formed in stone above a stain-glass window, on an arched lintel

Readers will have to forgive me returning yet again to Rathmines Catholic Church, whose Russian-accented dome and Irish republican history were the su(...)

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