James Connolly

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It was William Martin Murphy who emerged as the real victor of the revolutionary Ireland of 100 years ago. Not Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, James L(...)

Adrian Dunbar and Pauline Hutton in the Lyric Theatre production of Brendan at the Chelsea. Photograph: Steffan Hill, hulton/getty

Adrian Dunbar’s favourite Brendan Behan anecdote involves Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Brian O’Nolan standing outside Neary’s pub in Dublin in the pour(...)

Family history: a selection of documents from the archive of Éamonn O’Modhráin, who was imprisoned in Frongoch and in Wakefield in 1916. Courtesy of Robbie Doyle

When Robbie Doyle’s father-in-law died, five years ago, it fell to him to tackle the junk room at the top of his wife’s family home. It was the room i(...)

 Illustration: Paul Scott

In April 1957 an Irish-American commentator, John V Kelleher, wrote a provocative article for the influential journal Foreign Affairs, under the title(...)

President Michael D Higgins launching a tapestry depicting scenes and imagery from the 1913 Lockout at Liberty hall

The general secretary of the Republic’s biggest union has urged the Government to introduce a law recognising collective bargaining rights during the (...)

James Connolly addressing the masses in Union Square on May Day in 1908. It is the only published photograph of the labour activist during his time in the US and one of the only occasions he was ever photographed speaking. Photograph: Library of Congress

“Tomorrow is Labor Day,” proclaimed the ad in the Chicago Daily Tribune of September 5th, 1909. “With the last picnic event of the Socialist Party, wi(...)

The new Liffey bridge under construction. Rosie Hackett was recorded in the 1911 census as living in nearby Old Abbey Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

One hundred years after an ordinary young Dublin woman played an extraordinary role in the remarkable events unfolding around her, Rosie Hackett is ba(...)

The Jim Larkin statue on O’Connell Street, Dublin (sculptor Oisin Kelly). Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
The meaning of the Lockout

Striking conductors and drivers pinned the Red Hand badge of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union on their lapels and abandoned their vehicl(...)

Poland in the 1980s reanimated its society around the concept of solidarity, but there is little solidarity in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

This is a good time of the year to talk about political reform. It is the time of the long holiday for both houses of the Oireachtas. It’s the time of(...)

Galway man James Connolly was sentenced to a year in jail at Galway Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months for causing a head-on collision in which his older brother lost one leg completely and the other limb (...)

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