Author: Bruce Gaston

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A website I’m coming to appreciate more and more is archive.org. It’s very useful for finding primary sources such as articles or collections of speeches from the 19th and early 20th century (all of which are out of copyright by now).

Just recently I found Home Rule: Speeches of John Redmond M.P., which contains speeches from 1886 to 1909, and also The Select Speeches of Daniel O’Connell, M. P.

Definitely a lot more convenient than hunting through dusty volumes in the archives, though part of me does miss the romance of doing that…

Declassified Papers 2017-18 edition

The yearly declassification of secret government papers under the "30 year rule" continues to produce interesting material – especially as far as Northern Irish history is concerned, as 30 years ago means 1987, right in the middle of The Troubles.…

Fake Irish News

I was interested (is that the word?) to see Irish history was the example in the screenshot of Facebook in today’s Guardian article about how you now are warned if you’re about to repost unreliable information: The reference is to…

Dates, dates, dates…

Prompted by my ongoing quest to identify the “six times [meaning six rebellions] during the last three hundred years” referred to in the 1916 Proclamation, “Mixed messages” (@SignsThe Reading) was kind enough to send me some photos of monuments in…

Have you looked at this photo?

The photo reproduced here shows Patrick Pearse surrendering to Brigadier-General William Lowe on Saturday, 29th April 1916: the effective end of the Easter Rising. The location was Moore Street. If you look closely, it becomes apparent that there is a…