John Hume

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In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Almost 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, John Hume’s seminal role in the peace process has been transposed to a new film exploring (...)

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but as the SDLP have slumped and Sinn Féin have advanced w(...)

The Gaelic Athletic Association was among the driving forces behind the Gealic Revival.

John and Fatti Burke are the father-daughter team behind the bestselling books Irelandopedia and Historopedia. They make a sweet picture sitting toget(...)

Oliver Jeffers and his son Harland who has proved an inspiration to his doting dad.

Looking at Oliver Jeffers, you cannot help but think he himself would make a wonderful illustration. Wide-eyed, expressive and still boyish at 40, in (...)

Bloody Sunday witness Paddy Walsh creeping towards Patrick Doherty, who was shot dead by Soldier F. The Saville Report found  Doherty  had been shot and mortally wounded as he tried to crawl to safety. Photograph: Gilles Peress

It takes time to walk the length of Clarendon Street in Derry – especially with a bomb in each hand. A long, steep street lined with Georgian houses, (...)

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must demonstrate the same level of courage as the leaders of the civil rights movement half a century ago to ensure that powersharing gove(...)

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace mediator George Mitchell with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1999. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

In 1985 a delegation of Irish-American leaders visited the US state department in Washington to seek a policy briefing on Northern Ireland. The desk (...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

Bertie Ahern said: “I wouldn’t like to be a John Hume over there [in the US] now trying to get attention, whether it was [for] Turkey, Syria, Angola or Sudan...” File photograph: Getty Images

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he “would not like to be a John Hume” in the US now, trying to elicit support for peace in Northern Ireland. (...)

“He understood where the endgame should be in Northern Ireland.” John Hume in 1971. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty

Towards the end of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, the inestimable Eamonn McCann turns up to bemoan thin(...)

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