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Friedrich Engels: his relationship with a second-generation Irish working-class woman had a profound influence on his life and work. Photograph: Ullstein via Getty Images

Did you know that the favourite meal of Friedrich Engels, who was born 200 years ago this month and who is well known as the co-founder of Marxism and(...)

Stefan Konarske as Engels and August Diehl as Marx in 'The Young Karl Marx'

Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, the new film from Raoul Peck is no mere biopic, but a superhero-style origin sto(...)

Joan and Pierce Butler tell their story on 'Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage'.

There are a several reasons to watch Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage (RTÉ One, Monday, 9.35pm), all of whom have spent at least half a century marrie(...)

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Four words in a newspaper review of a 400-page biography. That was all it took to send Gavin McCrea on the trail of Lizzie Burns, a cotton worker fro(...)

In 1842, at the age of 22, Friedrich Engels was sent to Manchester to do a two-year internship at his father’s cotton mill. As intended, this trainin(...)