Josephine McNeill: the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. Photograph: Courtesy of UCD Archives

Josephine McNeill was the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. She took up her post in The Hague 70 years ago in January 1950 and served i(...)

Gaetano de Gennaro’s portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Italian artist made a home for himself in Ireland in the 1940s. Today his portrait of Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, hangs in Áras an Uac(...)

Amy Johnson: in May 1930, she flew solo from England to Australia, the first woman to do so

Amy Johnson was born in 1903, the same year that the Wright Brothers made their first flight. It would seem that this was no mere coincidence. Johnson(...)

The letters were seized when the Irish vessel was brought to Bristol in March 1757. They were never delivered and have lain in an archive, mostly unopened, ever since

In March 1757, a Dublin-registered ship set sail from Bordeaux with a cargo of wine, brandy and luxury goods on board. It was bound for Dublin, but th(...)