Maureen O’Carroll playing with her sisters Cathleen and Patricia. Photograph courtesy of Leora O’Carroll

The concert at the Sydney Opera House was about to start. A cellist, Maureen O’Carroll, had bravely informed the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s managemen(...)

Nancy Cunard was a writer and rebel whose path through the first half of the 20th century brought her through such movements as literary modernism, th(...)

David Herbison, the ‘bard of Dunclung’. Photograph: The Ulster Scots Language Society

The Rob Roy was perhaps one of the most unfortunate ships to ever cross the Atlantic. Having left Belfast 25 days earlier, disaster struck the vessel (...)

Dublin-born journalist EJ Dillon was regarded as an authority on the politics and culture of the Russian Empire. Photograph: Library of Congress/Public Domain

Late in his era-spanning career, the Irish journalist EJ Dillon would write about the day in December 1890 when he walked through a Russian forest wit(...)

Mary Mooney and Viola Montgomery, mother of Olen, one of the Scottsboro Boys, photographed together in April 1932. Credit: Labour Defender.

In late February 1932, Mary Mooney, an 84-year-old woman from Mayo, stood on a stage before thousands in New York’s Coliseum theatre. Weary from trave(...)

The French surrender at Goodwick Sands on February 24th, 1797. Photograph: National Library of Wales

As darkness fell off the Pembrokeshire coast on the evening of February 22nd, 1797, 16 boatloads of French and Irish troops, arrayed in dark brown and(...)

Lucien Bull’s stereoscopic spark drum camera in 1904. Photograph: SSPL/Getty

Earlier this year scientists at the California Institute of Technology announced they had developed a new photographic technique capable of capturing (...)

Malahide Castle, the home of the Talbot family. James Talbot would inherit the castle in 1849 following the death of his older brother. Photograph: William Murphy/Wikimedia Commons

When we’re asked to picture a spy in our minds we often conjure up a tuxedo clad agent confidently navigating a world of megalomaniacs, futuristic gad(...)

Salaria Kea and John O’Reilly in 1937. Photograph: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

In late 1937 Langston Hughes, who was a poet, journalist and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, discovered a remarkable love story in a country(...)

‘The White Woman of the Genesee’: statue to Irishwoman Mary Jemison.

When we think of migrants we think of those who have left their homelands for a life elsewhere, people who simultaneously belong both here and there. (...)

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