In this month's issue:
  • Local elections bring proportional representation to Ireland
  • Bastardy—the stain of illegitimacy in medieval Ireland
  • Spotlight on the Troubles: a secret history
  • Down County Museum, Downpatrick
  • Lisnavagh House, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow
  • Frank Hugh O’Donnell: a virulent anti-Semite
and many more....

On this Day

February 20


1920 Robert Peary (63), explorer and US Navy officer who, in 1909, became the first man to reach the North Pole, died. 1979 Eleven members of the UVF ‘Shankill Butchers’ […]


February 20

Thur 7.15pm Leixlip History Club, Leixlip Library. The White and Green warfare of 1916—a profile of the lives of Tom Crean and Thomas Ashe of Dingle, Frank Nugent. Thur 8pm […]

From the Archives

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was born in 1831 near Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, and in 1856 he formed the Phoenix National Literary Society in Skibbereen. This was a secret society whose aim […]

Tudor Fiants

Digitisation has transformed how we practise family history. There are over 120 million Irish historical records on-line. It is now possible to trace and document Irish families to a much […]

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


In these days of steel, concrete and plastic we have forgotten what a fundamental raw mat-erial timber once was. It was crucial to shipbuilding until the first iron-hulled vessels of […]

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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