The  irony is that Parnell, who was notoriously superstitious, had always detested the colour green, in all its shades.  Photograph: Getty Images

Still on the theme of dates that could be suitable as new holidays, there may also be a case to be made for today’s, October 6th: once (and still in s(...)

President Mary McAleese and Queen Elizabeth at the Garden of Remembrance on the first day of the royal state visit in May 2011. Photograph: Maxwell’s Dublin

At Euston Station on the morning of November 26th, 1920, nine gun carriages each bearing a coffin covered in the Union flag were escorted to Westminst(...)

Iarnród Enda: Enda Kenny could bicycle up your lane any day now offering to taoiseach for a nice pie. Photograph: Mike Mulcaire/RTÉ

Enda Kenny, at a loose end since retirement, has been roaming from town to town doing a bit of off-the-books taoiseaching. He could bicycle up your la(...)

 Looking north towards Tibradden and Two Rock Mt from Cruagh Mt. Photograph: Francis Bradley

We were born just around the corner from each other and an even 100 years apart, and depending on the play of light or the hour of need, my morning or(...)

The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan that is now on sale for $52 million. Photograph: Sarah Blesener/New York Times

A much-storied mansion on New York’s Fifth Avenue has gone on the market for $52 million, or more than €40 million, and its sale by the American Irish(...)

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh receiving Parnell’s walking stick from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in 2017. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one generation of Irish writers to the next. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A walking stick cut by Charles Stewart Parnell some 130 years ago is now used as a literary baton. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one ge(...)

The Cork funeral for the city’s mayor Terence MacSwiney in 1920. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

“I thought the age of body-snatching was gone,” yelled Fr Dan Walsh as British forces commandeered the remains of Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of(...)

 Edgar Allan Poe: spooky coincidence. Photograph: Getty Images

A sharp-eyed Kildare reader writes to suggest that the sub-editor of an Irish Independent GAA story on Monday may have been betraying his or her age. (...)

The publication in 1986 of Anna Parnell’s The Tale of a Great Sham, scrupulously edited and annotated by Dana Hearne, was a landmark event in Irish wo(...)

A mural in Derry’s Bogside depicting John Hume, Martin Luther King jnr, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Derry likes to come out for its own, and look out for its own. But because of Covid it can’t really come out for John Hume, and that’s proving hard fo(...)

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