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(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

The “End of Varadkar” was how the Daily Express reported the news of a programme for government deal reached between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Gr(...)

The Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was called to the Oulart area. File photograph: David Sleator

The Army bomb disposal unit was deployed to Wexford on Monday to deal with two second World War shells which were being unwittingly used as garden orn(...)

 Caravaggio, The Taking  of Christ (detail). Courtesy of National Gallery of Ireland.

In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising, the defeated rebels were gathered in the gardens of the Rotunda Hospital. Some 250 of them were cramp(...)

Former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Last year while filming his new documentary about the War of Independence, former British defence secretary Michael Portillo found himself alone at th(...)

The statue of William Smith O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Not only does its inscription have two languages, it also has two meanings.

Writing about the statue of William Smith O’Brien earlier in the week, I neglected to mention what may be its most interesting feature, the bilingual (...)

The pistol found in Derry, which was used in the killing of Lyra McKee

The handgun recovered by police in Derry last weekend was the weapon used to kill journalist and writer Lyra McKee, the PSNI confirmed on Thursday. M(...)

The statue of Edward Carson outside Stormont. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It is surprising that the new mood of iconoclasm has not alighted upon Belfast’s statue of Dr Henry Cooke. A 19th century Presbyterian clergyman, Co(...)

Belfast mural depicting Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill (L) and the DUP’s Arlene Foster as the unlikely bedfellow characters from the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

How is it that Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill seem to be getting on so well? In the past couple of weeks the DUP First Minister and Sinn Féin Depu(...)

Seán Hogan’s #2 flying column, Third Tipperary Brigade, during the War of Independence.

Organisation Memo No 1 (1920) was issued by Óglaigh na hÉireann (IRA) General Headquarters (GHQ) on October 4th, 1920. It concerned the formation of f(...)

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