The former purpose-built Orange Order lodge in Bandon, Co Cork. Photograph: Buildings of Ireland

King William’s victory over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 was being celebrated in Bandon in Co Cork before it was celebrated in many p(...)

The Rocks of Bawn were famously unploughable. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As with the Cliffs of Dooneen, the whereabouts of the Rocks of Bawn are one of the great debating points of Irish balladry. They most often get attrib(...)

Canadian poet John McCrae: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row”

Thanks to the Canadian poet John McCrae, the association between blood-red poppies and battlefields is widely assumed to be a legacy of the first Worl(...)

 Rokeby Park  in Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was a spa that first brought droves to visit Lucan in west Dublin in the 1750s, after a health resort sprung up around Chapel Hill. In those days L(...)

The GPO in Dublin in 1820 in an illustration by GH Jones  and Robert Havell

The idea of taking over a post office and using it as a base to declare the Irish Republic did not, it seems, start with Patrick Pearse. Back in 1798,(...)

Lucan House, residence of the Italian ambassador to Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The grounds of Lucan House, nestled between the old Galway road and the River Liffey, reveal the history of the demesne, which dates to 1560. Gen Patr(...)

 Lord Lucan has been missing since November 7th, 1974. Photograph:  PA Wire

The London High Court decision in 2016 to issue a death certificate for Lord Lucan and the death of his wife this year are the latest punctu(...)

A victorious Napoleon crossing the Alps. Gen Henry Clarke was by his side on the less auspicious occasion of the batlle of Waterloo.

This first week of May marks the bicentenary of the lifting of the Siege of Antwerp (1814), the last major action of the Irish military diaspora on th(...)