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# Irish History

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History experts descend on Trinity College to discover the truth about the Battle of Clontarf
The Battle of Clontarf was fought on Good Friday 1014, when the high-king Brian Boru lost his life.
Column: Shane MacThomais was a tireless champion of those forgotten by our history books
Following the untimely passing of the Glasnevin Cemetery historian Shane MacThomais, his friend and fellow historian Donal Fallon remembers a man who was “beloved of Dubliners of all classes and professions”.
Column: A novel approach to exploring Irish history
Comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson discusses the value and challenges of depicting history in graphic novels.
An 'original Fine Gael Blueshirt uniform' has just gone on sale...on eBay
Dyed-in-the-wool Fine Gael members take note.
Cycling photographer's rare pictures uncover the Ireland of old
Franz Haselbeck cycled around Limerick and South Clare taking photographs of daily events – and major happenings.
Hidden History: The 'forgotten' Irish Brigades abroad
A new book looks at the history of the Irish Brigades from the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars.
VIDEO: The secrets of Dublin tenements
Why do some tenement homes have thick blue paint on the walls? An expert explains.
A history of Ireland... in 6 minutes
Remember when mass was illegal?
A memorial day for Daniel O'Connell? Is he worthy?
A UCC professor wants O’Connell honoured, stating that like Barack Obama and Martin Luther, he was a keen instigator of democracy and civil rights.
Michael Collins' heartbreak and naivety explored in new documentary
The final journey of the ‘big fella’ is travelled by the RTÉ broadcaster John Creedon in a programme to be shown this evening.
Ireland's history of Tour de France stage winners
From Shay Elliott to Sean Kelly, here are the most successful Irish participants in the world’s greatest bike race.
Hidden Ireland: Mystery island, ruined fortress and Braveheart daydreams
As part of the Hidden Ireland series, Neil Jackman looks at three off-the-beaten-track places to visit this weekend in Carlow, Tipperary and Meath.
Column: Objects can tell us startling stories about our history - we should cherish them
Ireland is lucky to have so many national treasures that reveal our shared past; we should be proud and share them with the world, says Ruth Hegarty.
4 Irish sites to visit to get close to St Patrick mythology
Follow in the footsteps of St Patrick this weekend… or at least to the places he’s reputed to have visited for special events.
Uncovering the 'Disappeared' of Irish War of Independence and Civil War
Historian and archaeologists attempt to uncover secret history of over 180 civilians by the ‘old’ IRA between 1919 and 1923 in TV3 two-part doc.
Hidden Ireland: Supplying 'a long-felt want' - Dublin's public toilets
What has happened to Dublin city’s public loos?
First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012
The Titanic disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty: 2012 has been a big year for commemorations. Here’s your guide to the bigger commemorations held this year.
The symbol of our time: A decommissioned AK47?
The sign from the former Anglo Irish Bank HQ is vying with a decommissioned AK47 as the object of our times in National Museum poll.
Pic: A relic of 'Dublin's Finest Laundry'
And a footnote in ‘Dublin’s All-Time Worst Business Naming Decisions’. Yes, it’s the Swastika Laundry.
Ireland's ancient relics - what are they and how have they survived?
From their religious classification to the clues they provide archaeologists about Ireland’s chieftains and kings, here’s your guide to Irish relics.
What would Michael Collins think of Ireland's banks?
Historian’s presentation at Glasnevin Cemetery will question how the former Minister for Finance might view the current state of affairs.
Swab used to clean Collins' corpse 'withdrawn from auction'
The owner of a swab used to clean the corpse of rebel leader Michael Collins has reportedly withdrawn it from an auction.
Collins hair ‘withdrawn from auction’ after family reveals sadness at sale
A lock of Michael Collins’ hair is withdrawn from sale after members of his family say they believed the auction was inappropriate.
Explainer: The Third Home Rule Bill is 100 years old today. What did it do?
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill to Westminster. But what was it?
Lock of Michael Collins' hair to be auctioned
The lock of hair is amongst a range of items of historical value being auctioned off in Dublin this month. Other items include newspapers, pistols and photographs.
Queen to visit to Croke Park in May
Queen Elizabeth will make an historic visit to Croke Park during her visit in May – to the site where 14 people were killed by British auxiliary troops in 1920.