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The Black Diaries: the Case for Forgery

Tim O’Sullivan
In spite of television documentary investigations proclaiming the notorious Black Diaries of Roger Casement to have been solely his own work, there is still an excellent case to be made that they are forgeries, based on erasures and interpolations, designed to blacken Casement’s name.
Mar 11, 2014, 19:43 PM

Comrades in Death

John Gibney
In the 1920s many republican leaders insisted that they did not object to the commemoration of the WWI dead but to the jingoism and glorification of imperialism that accompanied it, like the ostentatiously offensive behaviour of Trinity College students and the overt militarism of the British Legion (issues that also vexed the Garda).
Feb 23, 2014, 20:32 PM

Loyal Servant

Matthew Erin Plowman
Roger Casement understood that in his official duties he was serving not just a British king but the king of Ireland. If there were then betrayals within the United Kingdom it was England which first betrayed Ireland.
Feb 23, 2014, 20:13 PM

Governing in Hard Times

John Bruton
Ireland’s first independent government was faced with the ruinous cost of the Civil War, low levels of educational attainment and a tax base heavily eroded by emigration. While they could perhaps have done more to develop the economy, they succeeded in establishing a stable democracy and, in a Europe that was plunging into authoritarianism, transferred power peacefully to their successors.
Jan 26, 2014, 22:01 PM

Making the Link, Breaking the Link

John Swift
The common religious outlook of the English and Scots, albeit favouring different forms of Protestantism, produced conditions that were more favourable to political union than was the case in Ireland, where the majority continued to cling stubbornly to its Roman Catholic inheritance.
Jan 26, 2014, 21:31 PM

From Salonika to Soloheadbeg

John Borgonovo
We may disagree over how best to commemorate the First World War, but we should recognise that it fundamentally changed Ireland, creating the conditions that made possible the revolutionary events of 1916 to 1923.
Dec 15, 2013, 20:59 PM


Ronan Fanning
It is proper to retain some scepticism about the prevailing heroic narrative of the War of Independence, which was not without its unattractive features, but to claim that an armed campaign was unnecessary is to make an assertion for which there is little evidence.
Dec 1, 2013, 23:46 PM

That’ll All have to go

Frank McDonald
It’s a wonder any of Georgian Dublin survived at all given how many enemies it had, from government ministers bearing historic resentments to state companies wishing to make a mark, speculative property developers in cahoots with party fundraisers, dangerous buildings inspectors and demented roads engineers.
Nov 3, 2013, 20:49 PM

Rebel Cork

Thomas Fitzgerald
The first of a projected three-volume study of revolution and war in Cork City examines the period from the Easter Rising to the Armistice.
Oct 20, 2013, 21:40 PM

Big Picture History

Barra Ó Seaghdha
A new study examines Ireland from medieval times in the context of social organisation, how surplus wealth is created and deployed, how literacy affects authority and how elites foster a supportive class between themselves and the masses.
Sep 22, 2013, 16:29 PM

1916 As Spectacle

Angus Mitchell
In an age when martyrdom is demonised and tagged with notions of fanaticism and people are reluctant to protest for a cause let alone die for one, 1916 presents an easy target.

May 6, 2013, 13:48 PM

A Famine Document

Laurence M Geary
In April 1847 a vessel departed from Charlestown naval yard with eight hundred tons of relief supplies for the people of the city and county of Cork, paid for by the people of Boston and other towns in Massachusetts.
Apr 8, 2013, 16:39 PM

Catholic Truth

Brian Trench
The teaching of science was often a difficult matter in Irish Catholic educational institutions and respected thinkers could sometimes be met by flawed, incoherent and ignorant polemic.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:45 PM

West Cork and The Writing of History

John M Regan
In reply to Dr Eve Morrison
Feb 3, 2013, 19:27 PM


Brian Earls
There has been no collective amnesia in Ireland about the Great War. The event was remembered in Dublin for many decades after it ended, but in terms appropriate to the city's experience of it.
Oct 24, 2012, 21:02 PM


Eve Morrison
Response to John Regan’s review of Eve Morrison’s “Kilmichael revisited: Tom Barry and the ‘false surrender”’ in D Fitzpatrick, Terror in Ireland: 1916-1923.
Oct 24, 2012, 19:52 PM


David Leeson

The author responds to a review of his book on the Black and Tans.
Oct 24, 2012, 19:36 PM

A House Built on Sand

Philip O’Connor and Pat Muldowney
The RTÉ programme ignored most of the relevant documentary sources. It later claimed that its argument – that the Coolacrease incident was sectarian murder in pursuance of a land grab in a context of widespread sectarian ethnic cleansing by the Irish independence movement – was proven by Land Commission documents which it had in its possession. The authors of Coolacrease examined the Land Commission records and there are no such documents in existence. The programme’s thesis is wholly unsupported by the available evidence.
Sep 2, 2009, 19:48 PM

Frank Gallagher and Land Agitation

Niall Meehan
The American Commission on Conditions in Ireland: Interim Report  stated in 1921 that Catholics “were guilty of no reprisals of any sort upon their Protestant neighbours” as a result of ongoing anti-Catholic violence in the North. This part of the report, by Protestant members of the Commission, included the testimony of Wesleyan ministers who “entirely ridiculed the idea that the southern unionists were in any danger from the southern population”. Protestant unionists, who owned “many of the most prosperous businesses in Limerick… were much more fearful of what the Crown forces would do than of what the Sinn Fein forces would do”, according to a Limerick Protestant clergyman.
Sep 1, 2009, 19:24 PM

Getting Them Out

Tom Wall
Mar 28, 2009, 11:49 AM