Jim Larkin

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He was the last high profile victim of the British forces during the War of Independence and 250,000 people lined the streets of Dublin for his funera(...)

Father Mathew, ironically for a temperance campaigner, is legless. Or at least, having given him a full-length priest’s robe, the sculptor did not feel the need to supply any leg detail.

Walking down Dublin’s O’Connell Street the other day, I noticed something about which Myles na gCopaleen, formerly of this parish, used to complain. (...)

54 Beechwood Avenue Upper, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

A circular plaque on the wall of 54 Beechwood Avenue Upper, in Ranelagh, commemorates two prominent Irishmen. Douglas Gageby – who died at the age of(...)

Mary Mooney and Viola Montgomery, mother of Olen, one of the Scottsboro Boys, photographed together in April 1932. Credit: Labour Defender.

In late February 1932, Mary Mooney, an 84-year-old woman from Mayo, stood on a stage before thousands in New York’s Coliseum theatre. Weary from trave(...)

 George Bernard Shaw: caused a sort of frisson. Photograph:  AFP/AFP/Getty Images

With Royal Ascot behind closed doors this year, there is even less risk of anyone being shocked by a vulgar cockney shouting at one of the horses: “Mo(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

Actor Jer O’Leary plays Jim Larkin on O’Connell Street for a commomorative ceremony in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Actor Jer O’Leary, most famous for his portrayal of trade unionist Jim Larkin, has died. O’Leary, who had celebrated Christmas with his family, was fo(...)

 The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock: giving Jim Larkin and James Connolly the epic musical treatment

A concept album in four movements based around the infamous 1913 Lockout in Dublin? If it doesn’t exactly sound like easy listening or a drivetime cla(...)

Hello, good morning, and happy birthday Mr President. No, not the one who blows more than Hurricane Irma. I refer to the real President. He who was th(...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

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