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 16

1862 Sir Thomas Wyse, politician and diplomat and major player in the struggle for Catholic Emancipation, died in Athens. 1660 Sir Hans Sloane, physician and collector, whose natural history collection […]


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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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