In this month's issue:
- Why was Dev reprieved in 1916?
- Joe Duffy on the children killed in the Rising
- The Book of Kells reassessed
- The 140-year-old countess of Desmond

and many more....

On this Day

July 5

1864 The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin, was founded. It was the first medical institution in Ireland or Britain to allow women to sit its examinations.

July 06

1970 Dr Patrick Hillery, Minister for External Affairs, visited the Falls Road, Belfast. The visit was criticised by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, as ‘an error of judgment […]

July 19

1920 Nineteen were killed and over 50 wounded in four days of continuous sectarian violence in Derry. 1997 The IRA announced a restoration of its cease-fire, with a complete cessation […]

August 07

1986 Peter Robinson MP, latterly first minister for Northern Ireland, was arrested in Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, after invading the village at the head of a 500-strong loyalist mob in protest […]

August 10

1976 In West Belfast, three children were killed and their mother seriously injured when a car, driven by an IRA man who was shot dead by a British soldier, careered […]


June 30

28–30 Fri–Sun Byrne–Perry Summer School, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Men and masters: the Great Lockout of 1913. Speakers: Peter Collins, John Cunningham, John Gibney, Brian Hanley, Fearghal McGarry, Conor McNamara, Meredith […]

July 3–6

Thur–Sun Robert Boyle Summer School, Lismore, Co. Waterford. Speakers: Eoin Gill, Jim Malone, Lawrence Principe, John Hedley Brooke, Terry Eagleton, Lorainne Hanlon, Luke O’Neill. www.robertboyle.ie, ao’donoghue@waterfordcouncil.ie, +353 (0)5854975.

July 5

Wed 1pm National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Margaret Clarke (1884–1961)—an independent spirit, Niamh McNally.

July 10

Sun Railway Preservation Society of Ireland ‘Sea Breeze’ steam train excursion: Dublin–Rosslare & return. Details: www.steamtrainsireland.com.

July 29 – August 1

Tues–Fri Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, Maldron Hotel and Firkin Crane Centre, Shandon, Cork. Films, lectures, concerts, music, workshops, discussions, garden party and céile. Speakers: Betty Cook, Gareth Pierce, James […]

From the Archives

‘The first white man to visit America’—St Brendan in the nineteenth century

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The Truce and preliminary negotiations between de Valera and Lloyd George

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Book Reviews

ORANGEISM: a historical profile

KEVIN HADDICK-FLYNN Matador €30 ISBN 9781838592004 Reviewed by Geoffrey Bell Geoffrey Bell’s The Protestants of Ulster was first published in 1976. Once, in the early 1960s when I was about […]


BRENDAN BRADSHAW Ashgate £75 ISBN 9781472442567 Reviewed by Hiram Morgan This book is a collection of essays by Brendan Bradshaw, the well-known historian of Tudor Ireland and opponent of historical […]

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