Tom Barry: While his IRA activities have been well-covered by historians, relatively little is known about the factors that led him to embark on the road to rebellion.

On November 28th, 1920, a mobile patrol of Auxiliaries was ambushed and destroyed by an IRA flying column led by Tom Barry at Kilmichael, Co Cork. The(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of Independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch shoots under pressure from Cork’s Robert Downey during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Limerick 0-29 Cork 2-21 Limerick took another impressive step towards the Allianz Hurling League semi-finals with this third victory of the campaign (...)

 Tracey Kennedy, chairperson Cork County Board, with Kevin Fahive, Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy and Tom Clancy at the launch of the  jersey to commemorate former lord mayors Tomás MacCurtain and Terence McSwiney. Photograph: Jim Coughlan

In what promises to be a busy year of commemoration for the GAA, local projects are in the news with Cork GAA on Thursday night launching the commemor(...)

The ruins of Cork city centre after the burning of the city by British forces in 1920. Photograph: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A new exhibition on the burning of Cork by British forces in 1920 will help people understand why so many people were prepared to fight and die for an(...)

Terence MacSwiney

Cork City Council honoured its martyred Lord Mayors, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney this week at a special meeting to mark the 100th anniversa(...)

“The introduction of proportional representation would be a boon to smaller parties in a way that the system of first past the post in Britain could never be.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The results of the 1918 general election were a resounding victory for Sinn Féin in Ireland, but it was not as resounding as the final seat count woul(...)

A meeting of Dáil Éireann  in August 1921,  shortly after the truce that brought the War of Independence to an end. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Events to mark the War of Independence this year will be “Cork’s 1916”, the city’s Lord Mayor has said. Cllr John Sheehan said Cork people “feel own(...)

President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina Coyne at the Cork Chamber event on Friday. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Ireland needs balanced regional development to guarantee a sure economic future given the uncertainty caused by Brexit, and representative bodies such(...)

The Sinn Féin commemoration at the republican plot at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork. Earlier in the day, the Cork branch of the Workers Party also held a commemoration at the graveyard

Efforts to equate the Irishmen and women who fought in World War I and World War II with those who fought for Irish freedom is hugely misguided, Sinn (...)

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