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The top of Page 3, The Irish Times, September 4th, 1939

On September 4th 1939, The Irish Times carried a story that had been anticipated. The news of the day dominated the top-right hand corner of page thre(...)

The visitor took a seat beside the fire at the home of Catherine and Peter Reilly in Co Cavan. Illustration: iStock

The couple didn’t recognise him at first. It was dark in the house, though not late in the evening. Catherine and Peter Reilly were sitting at the fi(...)

The statue of Queen Victoria in Dublin, dated after 1908. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

The end, for Victoria, wasn’t particularly dignified. “As I watched, another workman appeared, clambering over her head, gripping her sometimes by th(...)

Patrick Dunne lived with his mother in a cabin just outside Philipstown in King’s County – now Daingean, and now Co Offaly. The normal route home for (...)

Over the years, the debate around pubs serving or not on Good Friday populated The Irish Times’ letters pages on an annual basis.

In 2018, pubs opened in Ireland on Good Friday for the first time in more than 90 years. Thus concluded the perennial conversation about whether or no(...)

Firemen hosing down the ruins of Kilteragh, Sir Horace Plunkett’s house outside Dublin, which was burned down by forces opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty during the Irish Civil War, February 1923. Photograph:  Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

February 10th, 1923 “The day was beautifully fine, and the ground in excellent condition.” So went a report in The Irish Times on March 24th, 1869, d(...)

‘Not every woman is a born mother, although Irishwomen, as a race, have the reputation for being so’, Barbara Dickinson wrote in 1944.

April 29th, 1944 In 1958, an unusual story appeared in this newspaper outlining how Bishop Dibelius, the head of what was then West Germany’s Evangel(...)

A disappointing grain yield and particularly wet weather  created the perfect conditions for typhus to ravage an already-vulnerable population between 1816 and 1819. Illustration: iStock

An epidemic, a scramble to deal with it and much space in newsprint; it’s not an unfamiliar pattern in newspaper archives. One of the worst disease o(...)

A section of the front page of The Irish Times on March 8th, 1895

At the police courts in Dublin, a case of “robbery with violence” came up in the northern division before Mr Wall. Three women – Julia Mulhall, Kate K(...)

WB Yeats was invited to speak at St Bartholomew’s Vicarage by the Rev Walter Simpson, as part of the parish’s annual sale of work in 1923. Photograph: Getty Images

In times of political upheaval, the poetry of WB Yeats is frequently quoted, particularly The Second Coming, with its very repeatable and malleable li(...)

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