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In our final round up of histories of the nations that make up the British Isles – or, if you prefer, the Atlantic Archipelago – Maria Luddy examines an event which shaped 20th-century Ireland,...

The Irish ruler met a bloody fate on April 23rd, 1014.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles in Irish history took place a thousand years ago this month.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

British historiography has been offered a once-in-a-generation opportunity to integrate Ireland’s contribution into analyses of the Great War, argues Catriona Pennell.

Volume: 64 Issue: 8 2014

In 1812 the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife, Harriet, travelled to Dublin to assist the Irish cause and promote revolution. Eleanor Fitzsimons explains how the harsh realities of the experience swiftly shattered their juvenile idealism.

Volume: 64 Issue: 6 2014

Tim Pat Coogan points the finger of blame for the Great Famine at ministers in Lord Russell’s government, which came to power in 1846, and sees echoes of the disaster in the Republic’s current economic plight.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Cromwell’s military campaign in Ireland is one event that the British can never remember and the Irish can never forget. Tom Reilly questions one of the most enduring and troubling topics in Irish history. 

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

In our final round up of histories of the nations that make up the British Isles – or, if you prefer, the Atlantic Archipelago – Maria Luddy examines an event which shaped 20th-century Ireland, the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Roger Hudson on the circumstances behind an eviction in County Clare, Ireland, photographed in July 1888.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Before the First World War, Irish Unionists and Nationalists were poised to fight each other over the imposition of Home Rule by the British. Then, remarkably, they fought and died side by side, writes Richard S. Grayson.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Mark Rathbone looks at the Battle of the Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Garden and at what happened to those involved.

Issue: 67 2010

Kevin Haddick Flynn looks at the attempt of the Grand Old Man of Liberalism to solve the Irish question and his conversion to Home Rule in the mid-1880s.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

Clair Wills reviews a book on reporting in the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) by Maurice Walsh.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

Hugh Kearney reconsiders the models for and motives of Charles I's most controversial minister in 'John Bull's other island'.


Michael Morrogh shows that Renaissance men like Sir Walter Ralegh had a decidedly darker side.

Issue: 62 2008

John Horne asks why the heroic efforts of the two Irish divisions, the 16th (Irish) and the 36th (Ulster), in the bloody events on the Western Front in 1916, have been viewed so differently both at the time and since.

Volume: 57 Issue: 4 2007

Peter Marshall explains how a chance reference in an old local history book led him to reconstruct the story of a 17th-century church scandal, and its afterlife in literature, culture and politics.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

The flight of the earls on September 4th, 1607, was the first of many departures from Ireland by native Irish over the following centuries.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

The story of the British anti-slavery and abolitionist movements has been dominated by the figures of Clarkson and Wilberforce. Yet, the success of the Slave Trade Act of 1807 and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 benefited from the votes of Irish MPs. Christine Kinealy shows how Daniel O’Connell, Irish campaigner for Catholic Emancipation and Repeal of the Act of Union, played a prominent role in the anti-slavery movement.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Anthony Fletcher uses the papers of his artistic great-aunt, who, as a young nationalist, wrote an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising, to explore her youthful patriotism and vigorous activism.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006

Charles Townshend has read hundreds of 'witness statements' from the men and women who took part in the Easter Rising, made available to the public in 2003 after decades in a government vault.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006

Kevin Haddick Flynn looks back at the life and times of radical Michael Davitt as Ireland remembers the centenary of his death on May 31st.

Volume: 56 Issue: 5 2006

Brian Girvin explains the tensions between the Irish government and many of the Irish people in their attitudes to the war against Nazism.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

Richard Cavendish marks the demise of an important Renaissance figure, on March 20th, 1656.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

Phil Chapple examines a titanic and controversial figure in modern Irish history.

Issue: 53 2005

Simon Lemieux shows how a synoptic approach enables us to appreciate the true nature of the Irish Question.

Issue: 52 2005

The organisation which would become the poltical arm of the Irish Republican Army was founded as a nationalist pressure group on November 28th, 1905.

Volume: 55 Issue: 11 2005

Howard Amos interrogates a key text on colonialism and assesses its influence.

Issue: 50 2004

Bill Rolston describes the impact of an erstwhile slave, who toured the Emerald Isle speaking out against slavery in 1845.

Volume: 53 Issue: 6 2003

Orla Finnegan and Ian Cawood show that the reasons for Parnell’s fall in 1890 are not as straightforward as they may appear at first sight.

Issue: 47 2003

Michael Morrogh explains why Gladstone took up the cause of Irish home rule and why his policies failed so tragically.

Issue: 39 2001

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