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# History

Last month
August 2023
Gold and glory in 1932: The year Ireland stepped out of the shadows and began to shine
Historian Kevin C. Kearns says 1932 was Ireland’s year of glory and gold with hits at the Olympics, social change and a gold rush.
'Grave concern' for Ireland's national heritage sites as vandalism is on the rise
A report by
Jamie McCarron
Significant monuments that have been targeted this year include the Glendalough Deerstone and Tara’s Stone of Destiny.
Many sites have been targeted, including perhaps the country's most famous stone: the Lia Fáil at the Hill of Tara.
Illegal metal detecting, damage to stone structures and instances of graffiti are all increasing.
A ghostly Famine-era village and a Pirate Queen castle: Put Achill on your 'to-do' list
One for the weekend: A trip around the historic Beara peninsula
Donal Fallon: During his time in Ireland, Frederick Douglass was captivated by Daniel O'Connell
As a new statue of slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass is unveiled in Belfast, the historian reflects on Douglass’ love for Ireland.
This year
Ciara Mageean breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's Irish mile record at Monaco Diamond League
Mageean finished second Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon who smashed the world record.
Ciara Mageean breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's Irish mile record at Monaco Diamond League
Mageean finished second behind Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon who smashed the world record.
Human remains taken from Inishbofin by Trinity researchers returned to island
The skulls, thought to be around 400 years old, were taken from a monastery on the island in 1890.
Neanderthal wall art from 57,000 years ago uncovered in France
They are thought to be the oldest known engravings made by the extinct human relative.
Aidan O'Brien becomes most successful trainer in Ascot history
Paddington ran out a brilliant winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Kilmainham Gaol showcases queer history of Irish revolutionaries
Kilmainham Gaol’s event has been welcomed as giving a more complete sense of Irish history.
Landmark appointment as Arsenal women's assistant takes Brentford U18 reins
Lydia Bedford becomes the first female coach to take the reins at a men’s professional side in England.
Galway down Kilkenny to secure first Leinster minor hurling crown
In their first year competing in Leinster, the Galway young guns created history by delivering provincial silverware across the Shannon.
Lampard urges Chelsea to emulate 2012 shock run to Euro glory
After a 1-0 defeat to Wolves, next up is a trip to Real Madrid for a daunting Champions League quarter-final.
QUIZ: How well do you know the Good Friday Agreement?
Can you get 10/10?
Brian Rowan: The magic of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was how a firm 'no' became 'yes'
The former BBC correspondent says the peace process needs the British and Irish Governments again, it needs strong leadership.
Researchers find evidence of drug use during Bronze Age ceremonies
Chemicals found in three hair samples in Spain are the first direct evidence of ancient drug use in Europe.
Ulster must summon spirit of 2019 against Leinster but take every chance
There was agony for Dan McFarland’s side when the provinces clashed in a European quarter-final.
Vatican returns sculpture fragments taken from Parthenon to Greece
The fragments will be added to the collection at the Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009 at the foot of the ancient site in Athens.
200 year-old Dublin music shop McCullough Pigott to close
The shop is expected to cease trading on 31 March.
Frank Feely, the Dublin City Manager who 'ran' the capital for 17 years, has died
Feely is best remembered for his role in the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebration.
Last-gasp extra-time drama as TU Dublin crowned Ashbourne Cup champions
Roisin McCormick was the hero as they overcame UCC in today’s third-level camogie championship final.
QUIZ: How much do you know about bank holidays?
Ladies and gentleman, the banker.
Southampton make Argentine star second most expensive sale in Racing's history
Carlos Alcaraz has joined for €13.65 million.
It's 100 years since Limerick man Conor O'Brien's historic round-the-world voyage
O’Brien’s boat Saoirse, named for the new Free State, was the first yacht to circumnavigate the three Great Capes
Last year
The strange history of Ireland's British Empire-era postboxes
An Post archivist Stephen Ferguson tells The Journal about the quirks and surprises of these everyday objects.
'Just going around the country talking to auld lads' - How a unique GAA book was written
Siobhán Doyle tells The42 about her inspiration for ‘A History of the GAA in 100 Objects.’
Quiz: How well do you know the year 1922?
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 1922.
Analysis: Let's hear it for Ireland's success on our 100th birthday - we’ve come a long way
On the centenary of the formation of the Irish State, author Mark Henry says Ireland is one of the very best countries in which to live today.
Opinion: What photographing abandoned Ireland taught me about the country's past
An Post Irish Book Awards nominee Rebecca Brownlie writes about what she’s learned through taking photos of abandoned buildings.
History in Hampden as Ireland clinch qualification for 2023 World Cup
Amber Barrett was the goal-scoring hero against Scotland, sending Ireland to their first-ever major tournament.
'It would be my greatest achievement as a coach, a manager and a player'
Jim Crawford’s Ireland side are 90 minutes away from an unprecedented Euros qualification.
Anchor discovered off the coast of Suffolk may date from Roman times
The wrought iron artefact was discovered during a seabed survey off the coast of Suffolk.
QUIZ: How well do you know these surprising overlaps in history?
Frank Sinatra could’ve seen the first four seasons of Friends you know.
Quiz: How well do you know the end of the Cold War?
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this quiz.
History for Ciara Mageean as she breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's long-standing Irish record
Her victory in the 1500m in the Diamond League in Brussels came in a time of three minutes 56.63 seconds.
Ireland secure historic World Cup play-off with victory over Finland
A record crowd of 6,952 watched on at Tallaght Stadium.
The death of Michael Collins and the what-ifs of Irish history
The revolutionary-turned finance minister died aged just 32.
The Dublin All-Ireland winner who sparked Chelsea-Spurs rivalry, then became Ajax boss
Jack Kirwan not only made his mark in GAA and English football at the turn of the 20th century, he also has a special place in the history books of the Dutch giants.
Bloody Friday: Taoiseach pays tribute to victims on 50th anniversary of 'devastating' bombings
Nine people were killed and approximately 130 others were seriously injured on this day in 1972.
Croke Park silverware 'what it's all about' for Tailteann Cup finalists Cavan
Oisin Kiernan and the Breffni county face Westmeath in Saturday’s inaugural decider.
Ireland U21s secure Euro play-off but boss Crawford insists 'job is far from over'
Sweden’s draw with Italy means the Young Boys in Green can still qualify for the European U21 Championships automatically by winning in Ascoli on Tuesday.