Dublin Airport. In August 1918, Michael McKeon established flying operations at the new Collinstown Aerodrome.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The story of the Irish airman who foresaw his death is well known, thanks to WB Yeats. The happier one of the Irish airman who oversaw the birth of ci(...)

The imposing ruins of Tyrone House, near the village of Kilcolgan, Co Galway, January 1968. The house was destroyed by the local IRA unit during the War of Independence. Photograph: RDImages/Epics/Getty Images

The Revolution Files is a collection of articles detailing one incident in each of Ireland’s 32 counties during the revolutionary years, from 1916 to (...)

Maj Robert Gregory: Yeats’s ‘Airman’ was one of the most famous Irish casualties of the first  World War

The poet WB Yeats managed to distil the dilemma of Irish nationalist servicemen in the British forces into just two lines in his great poem An Irish A(...)

Flu may have been at least indirectly responsible for the still-mysterious demise of Maj Robert Gregory, the ‘Irish Airman’ who, in the title of a famous poem by WB Yeats, foresaw his death

There was nothing especially Spanish about the Spanish flu: the global pandemic that, in two years beginning a century ago this month, killed more peo(...)

Auctioneer Colm Farrell dressed as WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee near Gort, Co Galway. Farrell will auction a number of items at the tower, which is the former residence of the poet, on Sunday, May 31st, to raise funds to re-open the tower. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Not everyone would pick a draughty old Norman keep for a home to grow old in, but then not everyone shared the mindset of WB Yeats. “I am makin(...)