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WB Yeats: pandemic fears. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming was written at a momentous time in 20th-century Europe, an era of uncertainty and upheaval in the wake of the first World(...)

Writer and comedian Tara Flynn will feature at a Nollaig na mBan event on Monday evening in Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in the Dublin city centre CHQ building.  Photograph:  Ruth Connolly

Events to celebrate Nollaig na mBan, or women’s Christmas, will take place across the country on Monday. Known also as Little Christmas, Nollaig na m(...)

Jack B Yeats’ trunk, which he placed in storage at the Bank of Ireland vaults in the 1950s,  is expected to sell for €300-€400

2019 has been quite the year for Jack Butler Yeats. After the recent Whytes and Christie’s sale at the RDS where a new world record was set for the ar(...)

Georgie Hyde-Lees with her husband William Butler Yeats. She became the most influential of his muses. He described the leanhaun shee  as  the Gaelic muse, giving  inspiration to those she persecutes. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Everybody in Ireland still knows what a banshee is, even if reported sightings seem to have tailed off dramatically since the coming of rural electrif(...)

Morrissey has given support to Brexit, and the far-right party For Britain

On either side of the accession to power of Margaret Thatcher, two great songs acted as harbingers of the long, slow death of the British state. Both (...)

Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

Women queuing to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“The political wiseacres are busy prophesying a General Election before Xmas. It will mean an anxious time for the party politicians of every school, (...)

Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

When Constance Markievicz – from a cell in London’s Holloway Prison – was nominated to stand as Sinn Féin’s candidate for Dublin’s St Patrick’s Ward i(...)

Helena Molony (1883–1967), actor, republican, trade unionist, and feminist, was born on January 15th, 1883, at 8 Cole’s Lane, off Henry Street in Dubl(...)

The pince-nez style glasses, for which Joyce was synonymous, included gilt fittings and a chain, as well as a velvet lined morocco case. It carried a guide price of €10,000-€15,000. Image: fonsiemealy.ie

A pair of glasses once belonging to James Joyce was sold for €17,000 at an auction on Tuesday, which also saw the sale of several artefacts from Irish(...)

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