James Stephens

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Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison.   Photograph: National Library of Ireland

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison. Ashe wa(...)

Bill Belichick: the New England Patriots head coach has formed a very successful partnership with his iconic quarterback Tom Brady. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

On his second day as a New England Patriot, Brian Hoyer attended a team meeting where Bill Belichick opened the film session by showing lowlights from(...)

Are we still tied to a single narrative of our history? 1916 commemoration at the GPO. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Has the 1916 centenary commemoration really been a great success? Were those independent-minded media critics, normally scornful of government and al(...)

Oulart-the-Ballagh manager Frank Flannery: “We really focused on the county championship and feel we’re kind of in bonus territory at this stage.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/InphoI

Frank Flannery was on the line for the two highlights in Wexford hurling’s last 12 months. As coach of Oulart-The Ballagh last season, he led the tea(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Power scores their first goal of the game during the 2014 All-Ireland SHC final against Tipperary. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Richie Power has more than a few regrets. Enough to mention from a wonderful hurling career severed by bone on bone erosion that promises a knee repla(...)

The Colour Party leaving the grave of Peader Kearney, composer of the national anthem, after a wreath laying ceremomy at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Early on Easter Sunday morning in Glasnevin Cemetery, under an icy blue sky, the British ambassador solemnly steps forward to lay a wreath at Ireland’(...)

Irish Volunteers and one Irish Citizen Army member inside the GPO 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives, Cathal Brugha barracks www.militaryarchives.ie

Tuesday, April 25th, 1916 Government forces arrive in the city by train overnight from Belfast and the Curragh. Machine-gun  fire  (...)

Weather conditions have altered the outcome of historic battles and even entire wars. A famous example is that of Napoleon’s defeat in cold, frozen, (...)

Shelling: from GPO in Flames, by Norman Teeling. The paintings reproduced here are from his series The Rising, on show at the Oriel Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2; theoriel.com

At Trinity College Dublin the morning brought the sight of the university doubling as a British army barracks. “The quadrangles presented an extraor(...)

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