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(...)

British  police attacking a farm occupied by Sinn Féin members in Tipperary, frontpage of French newspaper Le petit journal, December 5th, 1920.  Photograph: Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty

The ability to consider contentious or controversial issues in history from more than one perspective, and to discuss the historical roots of a conten(...)

Among the star witnesses to the American Committee on Conditions in Ireland were Muriel MacSwiney, the wife of Terence MacSwiney who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in October 1920, and Terence MacSwiney’s sister Mary. They are among the women pictured in at a memorial service in the Polo Grounds in New York. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

In the early months of 1920, prominent Americans came together to bring international attention to Ireland’s campaign for independence. Their belief i(...)

Maureen O’Carroll, who was elected as a Labour TD in the 1950s

The story of former Labour TD and mother of Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll will be among those celebrated in a new exhibition to honour th(...)

The Pauline Henley Archive will be auctioned by Hegarty’s auction house in Bandon.

Hegarty’s auction house in Bandon, Co Cork is hosting the sale of a collection of Irish historical importance. The Pauline Henley Archive online (...)

Terence MacSwiney, the Republican martyr, became an enduring symbol of self-sacrifice and stoicism even before he died on hunger strike 100 years ago.

Terence MacSwiney, the Republican martyr, became an enduring symbol of self-sacrifice and stoicism even before he died on hunger strike 100 years ago.(...)

Constance Markievicz and Kathleen Lynn at Earlsfort Terrace probably taken at the treaty debates, circa Dec 1921-Jan 1922. Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

In May 2018 another tranche of pension records were released, bringing the total number of applications for pensions submitted by women released to da(...)

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 (...)

Mary MacSwiney (1872-1942), republican, was born on March 27th, 1872, in Bermondsey in London, the eldest of seven surviving children of an English mo(...)