An English republican flag made its first public appearance at the Spa Field Riots of 1816.  Photograph: Oleksii Liskonih/iStock

Had history happened differently, there might be more than one tricolour on display when Ireland play England in Twickenham this coming Sunday. But if(...)

A group of  officials attending a meeting of the Congress of Vienna, in  Austria. Photograph:  De Agostini/Getty Images

As we take our seats yet again on the great Brexit merry-go-round, I have been thinking of the elegant, high-backed chairs in a dining room 15 miles s(...)

Trinity College  historian Patrick Geoghegan also hosts a radio show. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hired a prominent Trinity College historian to assist him with research and speechwriting. Patrick Geoghegan is professor (...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. Senators are acutely aware that they could face an electoral rope in October’s referendum to abolish the Upper House.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Nothing concentrates the mind like a hanging. And Senators are acutely aware that they could face an electoral rope in October’s referendum to abolish(...)