Ian D Alton

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Coming up in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bernard-Henri Lévy talks to Lara Marlowe and Ian McEwan is interviewed by Jonathan McAloon. John Boyne write(...)

United Irishmen fight British troops at the battle of Vinegar Hill in Wexford in 1798. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does it mean to be Protestant and Irish? This is a question Protestants in the Republic have been asked more frequently in recent years, as the e(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys  (centre) at the launch of the  book Protestant and Irish which was edited by  Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A Protestant Cultural Centre should be built to tell the story of the faith in the State, which has largely been forgotten since independence was gain(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the first Dáil Éireann in 1919 include Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, William Cosgrave, Terence MacSwiney and Richard Mulcahy. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The revolution of 1916-1923 is usually presented in our history books as part of the physical-force tradition of Irish nationalism, but in reality it (...)

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: faced with a new and unfamiliar political dispensation in 1922, southern Protestants had to juggle with a potentially disastrous disconnect. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The 1999-2000 European Values Study – which included a look at citizenship – came up with something surprising about Protestants in the Republic of Ir(...)

Iris Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley, Warton Professor of English at Oxford. While her imbroglios outside marriage have long been known about, these letters lay bare Murdoch’s almost desperate desires – and not only for men. Bayley remained a rock, however; and she always came home

“I should tell you that I have parted company with my virginity,” wrote 23-year-old Iris Murdoch to the soldier Frank Thompson in January 1943. She ha(...)

Iris Murdoch: If she had “a lifetime’s investment in Irishness”, in her biographer Peter Conradi’s shrewd words, she was an insider and an outsider at one and the same time, reflecting a Protestant ability “to slip in and out of Irishness”. Photograph: Getty Images

Dame Iris Murdoch – one of the 20th century’s great writers in English, and self-professedly Irish – produced 26 novels, six plays, two volumes of poe(...)