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 Donal Ó Drisceoil: ‘It’s very effective, making really good use of maps and graphics while it also has a good mix of new voices from the Atlas of the Irish Revolution’

A new documentary series The Irish Revolution successfully captures the approach taken in the award winning book Atlas of the Irish Revolution on whic(...)

Mary Swanzy got to know the work of Picasso from viewing his paintings at soirees organised by Gertrude Stein in Paris.

“To be an artist… you have to be very severe with your amount of energy… To have an overriding hobby, that’s the secret. Mine was an overriding hobby,(...)

Patrick Mayhew. Photograph: Frank Miller

Among the most controversial politicians of 1988 was then British attorney general Patrick Mayhew. On January 20th that year, Irish diplomat Richard R(...)

Unionist leaders the Rev Ian Paisley and James Molyneaux. They were described respectively as a “bigot” and “inconsiderable” by the Conservative Party’s Lord Hailsham. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

During the negotiations which led to the historic Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough in November (...)

Official files are released for public viewing after 30 years at the National Archives in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

For some years now there has been an anomaly when considering diplomatic records in Anglo-Irish relations. The British are moving incrementally towar(...)

Northern secretary Tom King (left) with minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan in Dublin in September 1987. Irish officials reckoned King had “moved a considerable distance” since his “appallingly bad” start. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

1987 was an election year in both the Republic and in Britain: Charles Haughey returned to the Taoiseach’s office in March and Margaret Thatcher forme(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left (...)

Associate editors Dr John Borgonovo, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Crowley  launching  the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ in Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

As weighty tomes go, they do not get much weightier than the newly published Atlas of the Irish Revolution. This monumental work of almost 1,000 pag(...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

 Scanning electron micrograph of the anaerobic spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis  in humans

In one of James Joyce’s more scurrilous puns, from Ulysses, his protagonist known only as “the citizen” expresses contempt for any talk of the civilis(...)

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