William Drennan: died 200 years ago on February 5th

The phrase “the Emerald Isle” to describe Ireland is well known but what may not be as well known is that the man who is credited with first using the(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Chris Patten will speak about his recently released biography ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

The former governor of Hong Kong and British cabinet minister Chris Patten will be among the speakers at the Dublin Festival of History next month. M(...)

Henry Joy McCracken: born 250 years ago today in Belfast

Leaving his revolutionary fame aside a moment, Henry Joy McCracken had one of the great Irish names. The “Joy” part came from his mother Ann, who was (...)

Antoine de Saint-Just:  sent many former comrades to the guillotine

I am writing this from a campsite in St-Just-Luzac, a commune on the French west coast, south of La Rochelle. It’s not yet clear to me which of many h(...)

Fred Heatley, right, at the Irish News

Fred Heatley, who has died in his native Belfast, made history as one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). He als(...)

An undated family handout photo of Fred Heatley a founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, who has died aged 82. Photograph: PA

A founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland has died aged 82. Fred Heatley was beaten and arrested as a march was stopped by police on(...)

Paul Mallon and Charlotte McCurry in Northern Star. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Northern Star Project Arts Centre ★★★★ Rough Magic interrogates the 1798 rebellion in their production of Stewart Parker’s 1984 play. Parker, writi(...)

In 1960 Stewart Parker’s uncle took him to see Sam Thomson’s groundbreaking play about sectarian violence in the Belfast shipyards, Over the Bridge. (...)

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina examining a stone crown, originally from the Royal coat of arms, at the opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Visitor Centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ireland must continue to build a nation “rooted in courage, vision and a profound spirit of generous humanity”, President Michael D Higgins has said. (...)

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