In this month's issue:
  • Ireland in the Viking Age
  • Brian’s origins and the kingdom of North Munster
  • Clontarf in the Wider World
  • Brian Boru and the Book of Armagh
  • What happened at the Battle of Clontarf?
  • Irish genealogies: a useful source or just propaganda?
  • Life after Brian: the high-kingship
  • Brian Boru and his afterlife
and many more....

On this Day

April 20

1954 Michael Manning (25), a carter from Groody, Limerick city, was hanged in Mountjoy Jail for the murder of an elderly nurse. He was the last person to be judicially […]


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From the Archives


Inquisitions,Post Mortem and Inquisitions Post Attainder—lesser-used sources for Irish genealogy

The Inquisitions are ‘treasury’ documents, recording the rights and privileges of the crown over land held by tenants-in-chief in Ireland. The Inquisitions Post Mortem were surveys undertaken by the court […]

Koon-za-va-me (Female War Eagle), one of George Catlin’s Iowa troupe, who visited Ireland in 1845. (Smithsonian American Art Gallery)

Dances with Dublin: George Catlin’s ‘Indian Gallery’

An exhibition—‘George Catlin: American Indian Portraits’—opened earlier this year in the National Portrait Gallery, London, with the bull buffaloes of British art criticism, Brian Sewell and Andrew Graham-Dixon, locking horns […]

Hedge School

Forthcoming Hedge Schools

Editor Tommy Graham will be hosting a series of History Ireland Hedge Schools, lively round-table discussions with historians and well-known personalities.

Hedge School audios and videos

A collection of audio and video recordings of the 20+ more Hedge Schools we have put on around Ireland, featuring well-known historians in lively debate on popular and relevant topics

Book Reviews


Death and dying in Ireland, Britain and Europe: historical perspectives

James Kelly and Mary Ann Lyons (eds) (Irish Academic Press, Dublin, €27.95) ISBN 9780716531913 This publication presents the essays from the 30th biennial Irish Conference of Historians, which was held […]


Ireland, Africa and the end of empire: small state identity in the Cold War, 1955–75

Kevin O’Sullivan (Manchester University Press, £65) ISBN 9780719086021 Historic ties between Ireland and Africa run deep. The earliest mission stations along the Congo River were founded by the Grattan Guinness […]

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