Michael Collins

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Hello, good morning, and happy birthday Mr President. No, not the one who blows more than Hurricane Irma. I refer to the real President. He who was th(...)

John Morton who wrote an “ambitious” report recommending an increase in the size of the RUC special branch in 1973 as paramilitary violence was reaching a height

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has refused to release a report on policing reform during the Troubles which was written by a British in(...)

Liam Cosgrave was a politician of personal integrity and steely resolve who as taoiseach in the 1970s ensured that the institutions of the State survi(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Brendan Behan letter: the writer sent a note to Conradh na Gaeilge from what is now Theatre Royal Stratford East, the producer Joan Littlewood’s London theatre

A letter from Brendan Behan, a ballot paper with Michael Collins among the candidates, and correspondence relating to Douglas Hyde, Patrick Pearse and(...)

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison.   Photograph: National Library of Ireland

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison. Ashe wa(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

Eileen Quinn, Thomas Ashe’s niece, with her son Gregory Quinn at the State commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the centenary of his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The graves of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa and Thomas Ashe lie back-to-back in the republican plot at Glasnevin Cemetery. Their deaths, the former in Au(...)

 Matthew Floris of Sothebys holding Jack B Yeats’s collapsible top hat (€600-€800). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Love letters written by the poet WB Yeats and major oil paintings by his artist brother Jack B Yeats have gone on display in Dublin for three days bef(...)

Rocketts Castle, Co Waterford

The background to Rocketts Castle estate, near the model town of Portlaw in Waterford, reads like a rollercoaster novel with land grabs, lost fortunes(...)

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