Statue of Robert Emmet on Embassy Row at 24th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Washington: How Lincoln came to be familiar with Emmet’s speech is not known. Photograph: Carol M Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty

On a leafy corner of northwest Washington stands a statue of Irish nationalist hero Robert Emmet. The bronze statue is one of four scattered around (...)

Tom Cavanagh at the opening of the Cavanagh bridge at University College Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Turin, Moscow and Havana are three iconic cities which helped shape the outlook and work of Tom Cavanagh, businessman, philanthropist and optimist. I(...)

Kate Lynch who won a scholarship for the 2017 Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day at the 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish  Tricolour at the GPO, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The first ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Flag has been opened to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the tricolour. The exhibition is situa(...)

During the height of the Troubles, when one of the main professions in the North was doing Gerry Adams impersonations, the tricolour came to be regarded with suspicion, even fear. Photograph: iStock

There’s little as tiresome as someone who pompously explains the Latin or Greek root of a word in the service of some bogus point: usually, that peopl(...)

John Mitchel: supported slavery and the confederate side in the American Civil War

It may not be the time to pose such a question, as Mayo head for their 11th All-Ireland senior football final since 1989 (including two replays), but (...)

Honorary French consul Catherine Gagneux  and Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin during the presentation of the patchwork version of the Irish Tricolour at Galway City Hall. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When a group of French women presented a flag made of the finest silk to three Irish men in Paris some 168 years ago, little did they know that their(...)

Dead soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The men of the Irish 69th Pennsylvanians stopped the Confederate advance. Photograph: Timothy H O’Sullivan/Getty Images

Be wary of historians or writers who paint ethnic stereotypes. In a recent article in The Irish Times Brian Boyd cited events in Irish-American histor(...)

Fullstop Acrobatic Theatre went a little too far for some in the audience with its risqué Outside the Box performance at the Spraoi International Stre(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina examining a stone crown, originally from the Royal coat of arms, at the opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Visitor Centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ireland must continue to build a nation “rooted in courage, vision and a profound spirit of generous humanity”, President Michael D Higgins has said. (...)

The Colour Party leaving the grave of Peader Kearney, composer of the national anthem, after a wreath laying ceremomy at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Early on Easter Sunday morning in Glasnevin Cemetery, under an icy blue sky, the British ambassador solemnly steps forward to lay a wreath at Ireland’(...)

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