A century ago Sinn Féin played a key role in tackling shady dealing on Dublin Corporation. Indeed, the recent Mahon tribunal of inquiry into planning matters and payments in the […]

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Eleanor Fitzsimons examines female suicide by drowning in the Victorian era. The words of medical doctor and coroner William Wynn Westcott, articulated in 1885, still hold true today: ‘In every […]

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A spate of suicide attempts among prostitutes in Galway followed the death of Mary Kate Costelloe, who drowned herself on 20 September 1888. Two days later, Mary Reilly jumped into […]

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Dickens showed genuine concern for London’s prostitutes and other ‘fallen women’. In 1847, along with his good friend the philanthropist Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, he established Urania Cottage as a place […]

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W.B. Yeats described the author William Carleton (1794–1869) as ‘a great Irish historian’. According to Yeats, ‘the history of a nation is not in parliaments and battlefields but in what […]

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