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The front page of The Irish Times on November 23rd, 1963

“President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was shot dead in Dallas, Texas, by a hidden assassin armed with a high-powere(...)

“The leader of the mob demanded a parley”. Illustration: The Irish Times

In late 1886, a series written by a Royal Irish Constabulary officer ran for a number of weeks in The Weekly Irish Times. Throughout the articles, the(...)

Mr O’Donnell had barely uttered a dozen words in Irish when he was stopped by Mr Gully, who insisted he speak English. Photograph: iStock/illustration

A Welsh MP spoke in Irish during an address in the House of Commons on Wednesday while calling on the British government to legislate for the protecti(...)

The view from the Royal Hotel: Galway’s Eyre Square in 1900.

On a Monday evening in late July, Thomas Parry boarded a train to Galway. Arriving shortly before midnight, he checked into the Imperial Hotel on Eyre(...)

According to the story, some of the cargo of a wrecked ship at Ireland’s Eye was salvaged by people on the coast. Illustration: Thomas Faull/iStock/File photo

Barney Sullivan apparently wasn’t an upstanding character. By the estimation of one Irish Times correspondent, the labourer “existed more by his wits (...)

Two men made a shocking discovery while working in a field in Limerick in 1878. Illustration: iStock/file

On a winter morning in Singland, near Limerick city, two labourers made a horrible discovery while turning manure belonging to their employer, Mr Deeg(...)

The remains of Russellstown House, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Paul Leonard/Geograph.ie

For some time, Edmund Hart had not been himself. It was 9pm when concerned neighbour Michael Finn stood at the half-door of the hut at Ballyknock, Co(...)

People bathe at the public baths at Dún Laoghaire, circa 1925. Photograph: Dillon Family/National Library of Ireland Flickr Commons

“May I draw attention to the urgent need for better bathing places for ladies near Dublin, and particularly at Dalkey?” Nearly 100 years has passed si(...)

November 1931: Evening dressed drinkers buying at a US bar during prohibition. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that pe(...)

Murder weapon: In 1881, a man accused of murder in Monkstown didn’t own a razor, but preferred to go to a barber’s in Dublin. Photograph: Illustration/iStock

A labourer watched his neighbour, Fanny Collins, shouting insults through the window of her house at Monkstown Avenue, Dublin. As she stood at her bac(...)

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