History

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Triple Crown History and Winners

In rugby union, the Triple Crown is an honour contested annually by the “Home Nations” – i.e. England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales who compete within the larger Six Nations Championship….

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George Halpin – Inspector of Lighthouses

When it comes to the illustrious history of lighthouses in Ireland, one name stands out – George Halpin. In 1800, George was Inspector of Works in the Corporation for Preserving…

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History of the Six Nations

The Six Nations Championship is one of the biggest dates in the rugby union calendar bringing together the best sides in Europe. England, Wales, Ireland, France, Scotland and Italy compete…

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History of Spike Island Cork & Colonel Percy Fawcett

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 6th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times and…

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Gráinne Mhaol, Pirate Queen of Connacht

Vilified by her English adversaries as ‘a woman who hath imprudently passed the part of womanhood’, Grace O’Malley was ignored by contemporary chroniclers in Ireland, yet her memory survived in…

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Alice Stebbins Wells – First Female Policewoman with Arrest Powers

On the 12th of September 1910, the first female policewoman with arrest powers was appointed in the United States. Since then, women in law enforcement have never looked back. Alice…

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60 Years of Service: How Women Have Changed An Garda Síochána

In July 1959, An Garda Síochána welcomed twelve female members to its rankings. These women were the first female officers to ever join the organisation, and their bravery paved the…

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History of Hook Lighthouse

The tapering headland of Hook Head, located in the south-western corner of county Wexford, forms the eastern boundary of the great estuary known as Waterford Harbour. The headland is sometimes called…

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Galileo Italian Philosopher – Astronomer and Mathematician

Galileo, in full Galileo Galilei, (born February 15, 1564, Pisa [Italy]—died January 8, 1642, Arcetri, near Florence), Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the sciences…

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Berlin – Marking the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Wall

This November marks three decades since the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. From art installations to dance parties, this is what’s planned. A seven-day city-wide festival…

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Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa ?

Jimmy Hoffa, in full James Riddle Hoffa, (born February 14, 1913, Brazil, Indiana, U.S.—disappeared July 30, 1975, Bloomfield Hills, near Detroit, Michigan), American labour leader who served as president of…

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Over the Horizon: Aerial Photos of the USSR’s Giant Nuclear Detection System

The DUGA over-the-horizon radar was one of the most important elements of the early warning system against an American nuclear attack on the USSR. More expensive to build than the…

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The Real Dracula: Vlad the Impaler

Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired…

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The Real History Behind ‘The Irishman’

Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and a saga spanning decades? Hook it to our veins. Given that it’s a historical epic, it might be handy to get…

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