1917. The year the US entered the first World War, and although France and Italy would come close to collapse, the Allies made important gains in the (...)

British stretcher bearers carry a wounded soldier in the clinging mud of Passchendaele. Photograph: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

By the summer of the third year of the Great War, human despair had emerged as a common enemy. The Third Battle of Ypres, now more widely referred to (...)

St Vincent’s hospital campus in Dublin, to where it is proposed the National Maternity Hospital will move. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In 1990, my second son was born in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Of the women in the ward with my wife, one was 42 and had just had her seventh chil(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: Had a low tolerance for mediocrity. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death of Ronan Fanning, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, professor emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and former presiden(...)

John Redmond, like Adams looked for “interim and transitional” arrangements leading to a united Ireland.

Politics goes in circles. One hundred years ago this summer John Redmond, Edward Carson and their colleagues played out the final denouement in the Ho(...)

Portrait of Maj Gen Oliver Nugent by William Conor, commissioned by the Ulster Division Association, and which hangs in Belfast City Hall

The correspondence of the soldier who commanded of 36th (Ulster) Division at the Somme makes for fascinating reading. During active service in the Gre(...)

John Redmond said Lord Lansdowne’s  speech detailing changes to the Home Rule Act “amounts to a declaration of war on the Irish people, and to the announcement of a policy of coercion”

John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a suppor(...)

Des Dalton at the Republican Sinn Féin shop on Dublin’s Parnell Street, surrounded by republican paraphernalia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The rooms in Republican Sinn Féin’s offices on Parnell Street in Dublin are filled with a chaotic clutter, a mass of agitprop paraphernalia stuffed in(...)

Tom Barry. Author Brian P Murphy told the annual General Tom Barry Commemoration that Barry “placed a high priority on a sound historical narrative”. Photograph: Antairmdearg/Wikimedia Commons

IRA Flying Column commander Tom Barry was acutely conscious of the importance of historical narrative when writing about the nature of the Wa(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The most controversial figure to date in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’ has been John Redmond and the role he played, or might have played in Irish h(...)