Michael Davitt

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  A gravel-strewn cross in the Phoenix Park marks the spot where Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke were assassinated on May 6th, 1882. The Irish Times produced a rare Sunday edition to cover the news.

The breaking news story of 140 years ago today was a big one, by any standards. Inconveniently for The Irish Times, however, May 6th, 1882, was a Satu(...)

John Shevlin and Des Gunning presenting a Foxford throw to Shakespeare and Company. It will henceforth insulate the writer-in-residence from the worst effects of a Parisian winter. Photograph: Seamas McSwiney

Amid the blanket coverage of the Ulysses centenary last week, the only thing missing was an actual blanket. On closer inspection, however, it turns ou(...)

William O’Brien: the Freeman’s Journal published a series of five articles by O’Brien that are generally acknowledged as the earliest example of investigative journalism in Ireland

In late December 1877 and early January 1878, the Freeman’s Journal published a series of five articles that are generally acknowledged as the earlies(...)

“Phil Meehan is now immortalised outside Corraleehan Church, on a monument erected in 2003 by Sinn Féin, whose local cumann is also named after him.”

Leitrim is sometimes said to be Ireland’s “forgotten county”. And if it is, this might help explain why things that happen there also seem to have a w(...)

Colm Boyle has become the latest Mayo stalwart to confirm his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Colm Boyle has retired, and another great from the last decade of football is gone. He leaves with four All Star awards, a record for Mayo which he sh(...)

A sketch of the Bodyke Evictions from the United Ireland newspaper of June 18th, 1887. Courtesy of Clare County Library

In the fight against the Bodyke Evictions, a cause célèbre of 1880s Clare, women played a leading role. This reflects in part the domestic nature of w(...)

The Widow Sammon waged a heroic battle to regain her right to the two-acre holding and the small cottage in which she had borne eight children between 1881 and 1894

As bullets tore through her thatch on a summer’s day in June 1921, she sat by her open fire smoking her clay pipe, unscathed and unconcerned about the(...)

Lieut Peter Ames

MORNING Lieutenant Peter Ames (32): Ames was born into a wealthy American family in Pennsylvania. He moved to London in 1912, joined the Grenadier G(...)

Lieut Peter Ames

MORNING Lieutenant Peter Ames (32): Ames was born into a wealthy American family in Pennsylvania. He moved to London in 1912, joined the Grenadier G(...)

Lieut Peter Ames

MORNING Lieutenant Peter Ames (32): Ames was born into a wealthy American family in Pennsylvania. He moved to London in 1912, joined the Grenadier G(...)

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