John Redmond

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There are “decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen,” Lenin wrote of the tumultuous days of the Bolshevik revolution. H(...)

The meeting in Ballaghaderreen to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland on May 5th, 1918, was addressed by Éamon de Valera and Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Dillon. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images
1918 timeline

January 8th US president Woodrow Wilson sets out his “14 points for peace” in a speech to Congress. He outlines the possible contours of a post-war se(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the first Dáil Éireann in 1919 include Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, William Cosgrave, Terence MacSwiney and Richard Mulcahy. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The revolution of 1916-1923 is usually presented in our history books as part of the physical-force tradition of Irish nationalism, but in reality it (...)

Women on a suffrage march carry 617 arrows, each representing a conviction of a suffragette. Photograph: Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Irish suffrage movement, with a membership of about 3,000, was made up of nationalist, unionist and those who refused to take either side. It was (...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (left) with John Dillon, who succeeded him as leader, circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In January 1918, the Daily Mail referred to the “increasing weakness” of Sinn Féin – a reminder that as far as some contemporary observers were concer(...)

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 General Election. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan During this Decade of Centenaries, my objective is to continue to bri(...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

President Michael D Higgins said John Redmond had followed in a line of constitutional nationalists who had won concessions from the British government which had improved the lot of ordinary Irish people. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has described John Redmond as a “patriot and a courageous politician who sought to do what he thought was right in the bes(...)

The only cast-iron rule of family history is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more. Take your granny and work back from her.

There has never been a better time to research Irish family history. A revolution in access to Irish genealogical records has taken place over the pas(...)

Irish Parliamentary Party  leader John Redmond.

John Redmond, who died 100 years ago this week, deserves to be remembered as a statesman who made a vital contribution to the creation of an independe(...)

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