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Fr Peter Daly: his bishop complained to Rome that Fr Daly was “totally deficient” in the two ingredients essential for good character – “truth and honesty”

That one of Galway city’s foremost tourist attractions is doubly-false makes it a fitting monument to the man who erected it. “On this spot”, says the(...)


The Criminal Assets Bureau (the Cab) launched a recent rapid response operation after a tip-off received by a member of the public and seized a crimin(...)

The caseroom in Burgh Quay, Dublin  where the Sunday Press, Evening Press and Irish Press were produced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The dominant Irish politician of the 20th century, Eamon de Valera, attained and retained power for one-third of that century with the help of the new(...)

 Former minister for housing  Eoghan Murphy in 2019. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A sudden resignation by a sitting TD from the Dáil is a rare event. You could count the number who have stepped down in the past 20 years on the fing(...)

 Patrick Bamford: “It’s amazing the amount of uproar that comes into the game when somebody’s pockets are getting hurt.” Photograph: Clive Brunskill / AFP

Further to Ray Burke’s Diary yesterday on the 1956 Tate Gallery theft, an interesting but lesser reported aspect of that crime was the paternal backgr(...)

Rumours persisted that the Indian Empire had been sabotaged to prevent Galway challenging Liverpool as the leading transatlantic port. Photograph: Getty Images

A mid-19th-century British prime minister, Edward Smith-Stanley, had been well briefed before he received a delegation from Co Galway at Number 10 Dow(...)

The Lord Deputy of Ireland, Viscount Grandison, ordered a sworn inquiry, which began in Galway in early February 1621

Exactly 400 years before Brexit, a French ship sailed into Galway Bay in mid-winter 1620-21 and caused an international dispute that vexed the diploma(...)

Samuel Johnson: his biographer James Boswell quotes him as telling an Irish friend in 1779: “Do not make a union with us, Sir. We should unite with you only to rob you.”

‘Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see.” Dr Samuel Johnson’s quip about the Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim still invites a chuckle , even if th(...)

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Political life goes through cycles, with times of heightened drama followed by periods that are taciturn and mundane. Over four months, the negotiati(...)

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