Nicky Kelly

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Cormac Breatnach: “I felt cornered by the whole public display of what was happening, and I became quite taciturn, turned inwardly and expressed myself mainly through my music”

The events of the past have a way of embedding themselves in our DNA. Sometimes that laying down of memories serves us well, but traumatic experiences(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

Osgur Breatnach: The Special Detective Unit picked up about 40 members and associates of the IRSP for questioning. After they allegedly started beating Osgur he had a decision to make. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There’s an underground tunnel running between the Bridewell Garda station and the adjacent court. Its purpose was to allow for the secure transfer of (...)

Nicky Kelly after he was freed from prison in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

The Garda has been dogged by controversy and scandal over the last number of years in particular. However, controversy has not ever been far from the (...)

Following the murder by the IRA of Christopher Ewart-Biggs in Sandyford on July 21st, 1976, a helmet was found near the scene of the explosion which k(...)

The Garda is open to accusations that, particularly at senior level, some within still believe they enjoy an immunity unique in Irish life. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Forty years ago, on St Valentine’s Day 1977, this newspaper broke the story of a “heavy gang” within the Garda whose role was to “assist” suspects in (...)

The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The late music manager Frank Murray joined “the great rock and roll, roll call of 2016”, his daughter Shannon told his funeral Mass on Tuesday. “Awe(...)

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The celebrated civil rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer had done everything he could to persuade a desperately homesick Nicky Kelly, who had been sentenced to(...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Cormac Breatnach has the long, slender fingers of a flute player. He is a tall, mild mannered and soft spoken man; a thoughtful artist with a gentle d(...)

President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It was a time when a Labour party in coalition with Fine Gael took a kicking in European elections, two cases involving the deaths of babies shook the(...)

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