Michael Davitt

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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(...)

10-10-20: a set of numerals sure to resonate with Irish people of a certain age,  thanks to years of exposure to farming advertisements eulogising that formula of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash, the soil-nutrient “Big Three”.

Saturday is National Fertiliser Day, a holiday you may not have heard about before, which is understandable, because I just made it up. At any rate (...)

The publication in 1986 of Anna Parnell’s The Tale of a Great Sham, scrupulously edited and annotated by Dana Hearne, was a landmark event in Irish wo(...)

Dublin-born journalist EJ Dillon was regarded as an authority on the politics and culture of the Russian Empire. Photograph: Library of Congress/Public Domain

Late in his era-spanning career, the Irish journalist EJ Dillon would write about the day in December 1890 when he walked through a Russian forest wit(...)

 The late Brendan Ó Cathaoir: devoted the best part of 10 years to editing for publication the diary of Elizabeth Mathew Dillon. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sadness at the passing of Brendan Ó Cathaoir is tempered somewhat by the fact that before he died he managed to complete the enormous task he had set (...)

Monopoly is based on hoarding land, accumulating fortunes from buying property and waiting for prices to rise

Looking out at the Atlantic from Lahinch in Co Clare, it’s hard to believe that one in 10 people was evicted in Ireland during the Famine. Two million(...)

Nonagenarian jam makers and celebrity tractor crimes – excellent work, Big Week on the Farm.

On Monday’s Big Week on the Farm: Harvest (RTÉ1, Monday to Thursday) I watch two hair stylists giving a makeover to some cows. “It’s finally happening(...)

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