John F Kennedy

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Senator Robert F Kennedy shakes hands with the crowd on a street corner in Philadelphia on April 2nd, 1968, two months before his assassination. Photograph: Warren Winterbottom

As Donald Trump passed his 500th day in office this week, there was a whiff of nostalgia in the air. Fifty years after Robert Kennedy’s assassination(...)

Pictured in 1961, then US president John F Kennedy, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and attorney general Robert F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. Photograph: AFP Photo/National Archives

Fifty years after his death, friends and family of the late Robert Kennedy will gather on Wednesday in Arlington Cemetery to mark his life and legacy.(...)

John F Kennedy in the Dáil during his visit to Ireland 1963: a joke he made fell flat with president Éamon De Valera.

President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 just months before his assassination offered Sean Lemass the opportunity to put forward an im(...)

Seán Lemass: The Lemass tapes will substantially re-shape our knowledge and understanding of Lemass himself, of Fianna Fáil in and out of government, and political history in the four decades after 1932.

Old tapes can throw new light on history. Seán Lemass was a politician who never wrote an autobiography, but he left behind an extraordinary series of(...)

Italian prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte arrives to speak with media at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The man nominated as Italy’s prime minister on Wednesday may be respected in the legal and academic realms, but he is far removed from the complex, me(...)

The Hearne family upon their arrival to the US in 1950.

Ireland’s first ambassador to the US is to be honoured at a ceremony on Tuesday in Washington. During John Hearne’s decade in the role he began the (...)

Mary Mckenna flanked by Daniel and Majella O’Donnell after the Gallows View B&B in Bunratty Co Clare came out as the overall winner of the B&B Ireland Award at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The 1962 visit of US president John F Kennedy is credited with giving rise to the Irish B&B, when a need for accommodation flung open the doors to(...)

US President Donald Trump receives a traditional bowl of shamrocks from then taoiseach  Enda Kenny in 2017. Photograph: SAul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has praised Irish-Americans for “helping usher in a new era of American prosperity”. Declaring March 2018 Irish-American He(...)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s statue of Parnell. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Shopping in Dunne’s recently, I overheard an interesting snippet of conversation in the aisles. It was before the blizzard-induced panic but, as it ha(...)

US president Donald Trump: is expected to strike a conciliatory tone in his state of the union speech, focusing on tax reform, immigration and infrastructure plans. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/ Getty

President Donald Trump promises a “big speech, an important speech” when he addresses a joint session of the United States Congress on Tuesday night.(...)

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