Kathleen Lynn

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Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage at Leinster House in January 2018 were (back row, from left): Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Alice Mary Higgins, Catherine Martin, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Cathaoirleach, and Senator Gabrielle McFadden; (front row, from left): Meg O’Brien, Megan O’Malley and Evelyn O’Keeffe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed (...)

Éamon de Valera with members of his cabinet in December 1937 during the inauguration of the new Constitution, which further defined women’s place as in the home. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In December 1918, two women, Countess Constance Markievicz and Winifred Carney, ran for election on the island of Ireland and one, Markievicz, was ele(...)

Kathleen Lynn was born on January 28th, 1874, in Mullafarry, near Cong in Co Mayo, the second oldest of three daughters and one son of Robert Lynn, Ch(...)

A photograph of Willie Halpin (right)  before the Rising when he was in the Irish Citizen Army. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An archaeological search will take place at City Hall to search for a rifle from the Easter Rising, thought to be lodged in a small gap between buildi(...)

An American policeman wears a ‘Flu Mask’ to protect himself from the outbreak of Spanish flu following the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

When a major new epidemic of disease appeared in east Ulster and north Leinster in the early summer of 1918, Irish newspapers initially flagged it as (...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Prof Mary Horgan will on Wednesday become the first woman president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in its 363-year history. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is time to review the HPAT aptitude test Leaving Certificate students must pass when applying for medicine at third level in Ireland, the president(...)

Dr Donald Caird  was the leading spokesman for the Southern minority during the “liberal agenda” debates in the 1980s and early 1990s
Obituary: Bishop Donald Caird

Born: December 11th, 1925 Died: June 1st, 2017 Born in Dublin in the early years of the Free State, Donald Caird took pride in his ancestry in the c(...)

 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(...)

Kathleen Lynn

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem, Íota an Bháis, is by Nuala N(...)

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