Sean Maceoin

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Gary Sheehan: posthumously awarded the Scott gold medal for bravery

In all the years since my friend Gary Sheehan died violently in a wood near Ballinamore, I had never got around to visiting the place it happened. It (...)

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

The Custom House, then centre of local government, burns in May 1921. The operation to destroy it involved nearly 200 Volunteers. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The first six months of 1921 were by far the most violent period of the Irish War of Independence. In late 1920, a halt to the violence had looked p(...)

Sligo Gaol

County: Sligo Incident: Jailbreak at Sligo Gaol Date: June 26th, 1920 The widow of a TD who was executed during the Civil War took her own life 14 ye(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was jeered by demonstrators

About 200 anti-abortion protesters jeered and heckled Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he unveiled a statue of Gen Seán Mac Eoin in Co Longford yesterday.Prote(...)