Michael Collins

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Frank De Groot raises his sword to cut the ribbon

Decades before Irish racing trainers started winning the Melbourne Cup, as they may do again next week, another horseman from this island achieved a n(...)

Davy Byrnes pub: the Dublin business comes with a 900-year lease. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another bit of dear dirty Dublin, as James Joyce had it, is set for change. Davy Byrnes, the landmark pub on Duke Street, beloved of Leopold Bloom, of(...)

Peader Tóibín was previously suspended when he diverged from party opinion over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín faces suspension from the parliamentary party for the second time after he voted against abortion legislation currently bef(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said after the abortion referendum result he had said he would support the legislation but is not sure now that he can . His change of heart came ‘out of fear, quite frankly’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception. He describ(...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

Damien Chazelle’s terrific study of Neil Armstrong’s great moment makes much of the sensual assault that greeted the early astronauts on their way to (...)

First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s new film. Photograph: Universal/DreamWorks

 When First Man premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, nobody was expecting critics to use the term “un-American”. An immaculate drama(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said Fianna Fáil had responded after the last general election when others chose to stand idly by. Photograph: Sportsfile

Fianna Fáil deserves credit for entering the confidence and supply agreement at a time when “others chose to stand idly by”, Minister for Agriculture (...)

Neil Jordan and Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, with material from the donation at The National Library of Ireland (NLI). Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

As an aspiring writer before he became a film director, Neil Jordan haunted the National Library of Ireland’s reading room in Kildare Street, Dublin. (...)

James Sugrue celebrates victory in last year’s South of Ireland Championship at  Lahinch Golf Club, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Arthur

Lahinch is no stranger to great feats of derring-do so it’s entirely realistic to believe Mallow’s James Sugrue can become the first player for 55 ye(...)

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