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

March 03


1959 During the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in Kenya, eleven insurgent detainees were clubbed to death in the Hola detention camp. A further 77 sustained serious injuries. […]

April 09


1992 In the Westminster election the Conservatives, under John Major, were returned to power. Joe Hendron (SDLP) ousted Gerry Adams (SF) in West Belfast. 1947 Desmond Fitzgerald, journalist and Cumann […]

March 22


1918 Captain W.A. Redmond (IPP), son of John Redmond, was defeated Dr V.J. White (Sinn Féin), by 1,242 votes to 745, in the Waterford City by-election.

April 19


1775 Skirmishes in Concord and Lexington marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Irishmen fought on both sides of the conflict. Up to half of Washington’s Continental Army were […]

April 03


1970 Garda Richard Fallon (42) was shot dead as he attempted to prevent a bank robbery by the republican splinter group Saor Éire on Arran Quay, Dublin. 1918 Thomas J.S. Harbinson […]


March 18

Wed 8pm Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society, Royal Marine Hotel. Carriglea House, Kill Avenue, David Doyle. Adm. €3. Wed 8pm Meath Archaeological & Historical Society, Kells Old Courthouse Tourist Hub. […]

April 09

Thur 8pm Kilmacud Stillorgan Local History Society, Glenalbyn Sports Club. Ballycorus lead mines, Rob Goodbody. Adm. €3.

April 22

Wed 6pm Old Dublin Society, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138–144 Pearse St. Voters and politicians—elections and local government in north Dublin during the lifetime of the rural district council, […]

April 30

Thur 8pm Rathmines, Ranelagh & Rathgar Historical Society, Rathmines Town Hall. Watson’s nurseries in Clontarf and Killiney, 1844–1967, Bernardine Ruddy. Adm. €3.

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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