Thomas Francis Meagher  is one of the more colourful figures in Irish history and certainly packed a lot into his 43 years

Next Monday the Irish Tricolour will play a prominent role in a formal ceremony to take place in the Senate house in Oregon in America’s Pacific north(...)

19th-century image of the main street in Butte, Montana: no longer a thriving industrial centre. Photograph: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group

Two hours’ drive west of Yellowstone National Park, the old, dusty mining town of Butte, Montana, edges into view. Nestled in the valleys amid the Roc(...)

Diana Valtmaneand Tatiana Soboleva were conferred with Irish citizenship in Waterford on Friday. Photograph: Mary Browne

Brexit was a key factor cited by some of the 100 people from the United Kingdom conferred with Irish citizenship on Friday. They were among approxima(...)

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(...)

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