John Macbride

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Sheila O’Leary, whose mother Lucy Agnes Smyth and father Thomas Francis Byrne were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, died at the age of 97. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sheila O’Leary, whose parents were both in the GPO during the Easter Rising, has died at the age of 97. Mrs O’Leary nee Byrne was born in Dublin in D(...)

Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

The Arch of Titus in Rome. Photograph: Holly Caputo/iStock

Taking a break from the man-made ruins of Ancient Rome last week, I went looking for a piece of natural stone once notorious in that city: the Tarpeia(...)

 Maud Gonne. Photograph: Courtesy of the Yeats Society of Sligo

Exile was a key part of James Joyce’s strategy as a living writer. That it has followed him into eternity was not part of the plan. Since his death in(...)

An Australian flag at a memorial to the first World War. The grievances of Australian farmers over commodity prices paid during the war were such that the country’s governor-general  warned “rebel Irish and syndicalists” would come to power. File photograph: Getty Images

The British feared the Irish in Australia would take over during the first World War and install a hostile government, a conference on the Easter Risi(...)

 President Michael D Higgins at the 1916 Relatives’ Event at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

President Michael D Higgins has spoken of his pride at being able to address the largest ever gathering of relatives of those who were involved in the(...)

John MacBride, Anne MacBride and Dan MacBride pictured at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The centenary of the Easter Rising has led to the largest ever gathering of the MacBride clan. Major John McBride was one of the 16 leaders of the E(...)

Portrait of Edward Daly by Mick O’Dea

  Edward Daly Supported by his Uncle James, Edward “Ned” Daly was educated in Limerick before moving to Dublin, in 1913, to stay with his si(...)

Perfect for the centenary year that’s in it, Red Roof was once the gate lodge to Roebuck House, home to Maud Gonne MacBride and her son Seán. They ha(...)