The brass plate from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, the man who ordered the massacre of thousands of Irish people, confiscated land and ordered Catholics to go ‘To Hell or to Connacht’, was sold for £74,500 at auction on Tuesday. Photograph: Sotheby’s London

A brass plate retrieved from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell when his body was exhumed in 1661 has sold at auction in London for £74,500 (€94,965).The p(...)

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

A grisly memento from the grave of Oliver Cromwell, the most-hated name in Irish history, has come to light and will be sold at auction in London on (...)

It might be stretching it a little to summon up allusions to Oliver Cromwell’s famous warts (and all). Steve James’s cinematic take on Roger Ebert’(...)

John Philip Holland - inventor of the submarine

Take a former Christian Brother with a passion for Jules Verne, the Fenian Brotherhood’s passion for an independent Ireland, and the US navy’s passion(...)

C&C reported sales growth for the year to the end of February of about 30% to just over €620 million. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stephen Glancey, chief executive of Bulmers maker C&C, told analysts it would consider launching a share buyback this year as its share price r(...)

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Jews arrived in Ireland during the reign of William the Conqueror. Henry III made his viceroy the custodian of Jews in Ireland; his successor, (...)

England’s Matt Prior could lose the gloves to Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

There is no more stirring sight than the walk to the “G” on St Stephen’s Day morning. Three years ago, almost 90,000 people were packed and stacked in(...)

Australia’s anarchic lead singer Quade Cooper celebrates scoring his try against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images.

It has been suggested Ireland’s only chance against the All Blacks this Sunday is to play to our traditional strengths ie bringing them out on the las(...)

Nelson’s Pillar: the blown-up statue on O’Connell Street in Dublin, on  March 9th, 1966, before the Army detonated a controlled explosion to demolish what remained

At 1.32am on March 8th, 1966, Admiral Nelson, who had stood high above O’Connell Street in Dublin for nearly 160 years, fell to earth. After the momen(...)

Mapping our past: the barony of Duleek, in Co Meath, as it appears in the Down Survey. Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

One of the cultural revolutions we’re living through is a change in the relationship between the way knowledge is gathered and the way it is co(...)

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