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1916–21 military service medals

Image courtesy of www.military.ie During the twentieth century the Irish Defence Forces have, like other armies, issued bravery medals (the Military Medal for Gallantry and the Distinguished Service Medal), service…

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Culture

A BRIEFLY DELICIOUS HISTORY OF PANCAKE TUESDAY

Image courtesy of Unsplash Today is the day we all go flipping crazy for pancakes! Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, to give it its proper name, always falls before Ash Wednesday…

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Culture

WOMEN’S VOICES FROM THE PAST

Donegal County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre and the Museum and Heritage Service of Derry City and Strabane District Council have commissioned and produced a series of six short video…

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Culture

The Royal Navy in the War of Independence

The IRA attack on Fenit coastguard station and RIC barracks in June 1920. In most of the many accounts and histories of the Irish War of Independence very little, if…

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Culture

Richard Kyle Fox and his National Police Gazette

Image courtesy of National Police Gazette The Irishman who sold sex, sport and sensationalism in late nineteenth-century America. Richard Kyle Fox was born on the Albertbridge Road, Belfast, on 12…

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History

Five months of failure: The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme has been described as the blackest period in the history of the British Army, and 100 years later its consequences are still in dispute.The year…

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History

Dublin Metropolitan Police batons: The weapons that made their mark on the streets of Dublin in 1913.

Image courtesy of @Marion Curran Every afternoon a troop of policemen marched in solemn and majestic single file from the College Street police station. At regular intervals, one by one,…

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Arts

The enduring traditions of St. Brigid’s Day

February 1 is St. Brigid’s Day, also known as Imbolc, and marks the beginning of spring. Imbolc, also known as the Feast of Brigid, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer…

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Culture

The True Story Behind ‘Siege of Jadotville’

Before reading the script for Richie Smythe’s The Siege of Jadotville neither Jamie Dornan nor Jamie O’Mara, had heard the harrowing tale of how 155 Irishmen deployed by the UN bravely fought…

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Culture

Eight Facts about Irish Workhouses

1. Why was it called a Workhouse? A “House of Industry” for the employment and maintenance of the poor was a 17th-century English concept. The able-bodied were expected to work…

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Education

Exhibition marks 200th anniversary of Kilmainham Courthouse revolt

A new exhibition has been launched by Kilmainham Gaol Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the most dramatic events in the history of Kilmainham Courthouse. On 30 December 1820,…

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History

On this day: Danno O’Mahony makes American wrestling debut

The legendary Cork strong man first appeared on the US professional wrestling circuit 86 years ago today Today marks 86 years since professional Irish wrestler Danno O’Mahony first made his…

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History

Policing The Dublin Fog

Barry Kennerk writes about the trials and perils of Dublin’s Victorian Policeman. Now the city sleeps: wharves, walls, and bridges are veiled and have disappeared in the fog that has…

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History

These are Some of the Oddest True Irish Tales You’ll Ever Read

ALLEN FOSTER MUST be some guest to have at a party. An author and researcher, he has found some of Ireland’s strangest true tales, and delights in telling them. His…

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Arts

Old Ireland in colour, photos that present a new look at Ireland’s past.

Looking at images of times past gives an insight into history – we can see where we came from, and marvel at how different life was. The images can also…

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History

The Battle of the Boyne

No year in Irish history is better known than 1690. No Irish battle is more famous than William III’s victory over James II at the River Boyne, a few miles…

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History

The Battle of Kinsale, 1601

Published in Early Modern History (1500–1700), Features, Issue 3 (Autumn 2001), Volume 9 Kinsale, situated in a hollow and with poor walls, was the worst choice to withstand a siege. (Reproduced by permission of…

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History

The Glamorous History of Dublin’s Lost Department Stores

The history of the department store is inseparable from the history of the modern city, and Dublin is no different. Both grew in parallel with the growth of the middle…

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History

A NATION AND NOT A RABBLE: The Irish Revolution 1913–1923

Though subtitled ‘the Irish Revolution 1913–1923’, this work is as much concerned with how the revolution came to be remembered and contested in memory as it is with telling the…

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Features

Whiskey cured my grandfather of Spanish flu

Paul Gorry F.S.G., F.I.G.R.S., M.A.G.I,  Co. Wicklow This is my grandfather, John McDermott.  He was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, in March 1877, son of Patrick and Bridget McDermott.  When…

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History

The Phoenix Park – from the Georgian Period to the Present

The Eighteenth Century and the Chesterfield Era The 4th Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745, and is credited with initiating a series of landscape…

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History

Sir Ernest Shackleton Endurance Expedition

So was born what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctica expedition of 1914 – 1917. The goal was ambitious – audacious even, considering that only 10 men had ever stood at the…

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History

The 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race Revisited

The 1979 Fastnet Race was the 28th Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Fastnet Race, a yachting race held generally every two years since 1925 on a 605-mile course from Cowes direct…

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History

They Fought and Died for America – Then America Turned Its Back

A quarter million Filipinos served for the U.S. in WWII, only to have their rights stripped at war’s end. Now, the last survivors are fighting for what’s rightfully theirs. Patrick…

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