President Michael D Higgins at the State commemoration to mark the centenary of the handover of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This article is part of the Irish Times Century project. For more on Ireland in 1922, click here. “There is really no outstanding man in this ministr(...)

Liam Mellows, IRA leader,  gives a speech at a graveside in June 1922. He was later executed by the Free State government. Photograph:Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

This article is part of the Irish Times Century project. For more on Ireland in 1922, click here. In his play, Executions, first staged in 1985, the (...)

 Back wall of the Gloucester Street Magdalene laundry, which closed in 1996: Social order was seen to depend on divinely ordained roles for the sexes and anything else was a perversion of the natural order.  Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

This article is part of the Irish Times Century project. For more on Ireland in 1922, click here. On a dull winter day in the year of Irish Free Stat(...)

The former Bishop of Galway, Dr Eamonn Casey, at his home in Shanaglish. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The new Bishop of Galway Michael Duignan (51) spoke with disarming frankness at his installation in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and (...)

The funeral of John Cooke, former Judge of the High Court and European Court at the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

John D Cooke, a retired judge of the High and European Courts, was an “exceptional” man who never lost “a basic sense of fairness” whether as a judge (...)

Kevin O’Higgins, Michael Collins (marked with an ‘x’) and Éamonn Duggan leaving Dublin Castle after the British ‘handover’, on January 16th, 1922. Photograph: Joseph Cashman/National Library of Ireland

A hundred years ago this weekend a low-key event in Dublin Castle marked the handover of British rule to the new Irish Provisional Government. This(...)

Free State army troops march into Victoria Barracks, Athlone, in February 1922, after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Tension mounted in the stifling chamber of Earlsfort Terrace 100 years ago today as the debate on the Anglo-Irish Treaty came to an end and a vote was(...)

 Mary MacSwiney believed her task was to continue her brother’s fidelity to a separatist republic. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty

By her own admission Mary MacSwiney was no longer a young woman when her brother, Terence, died in Brixton prison on October 25th, 1920. Yet it was f(...)

Blueshirts: Eoin O’Duffy inspects a guard of honour in 1933. Photograph: Keystone/Gamma via Getty

Eoin O’Duffy had an unremarkable childhood. Born Owen Duffy, he was the son of an impoverished farmer. His self-serving unpublished autobiography pain(...)

Team winner Hugh Guidera from TCD Phil during the Irish Times Debate Final in 2015 held at Maynooth University. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

1960 “That this house regrets the divergence of the sciences from the humanities in the modern university.” Team winner: Charles Lysaght and Aidan B(...)

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