History Stories
How Ireland Turned ‘Fallen Women’ Into Slaves
March 12, 2018

Until 1996, pregnant or promiscuous women could be incarcerated for life in Magdalene Laundries. Read More

How Stereotypes of the Irish Evolved From ‘Criminals’ to Cops
December 18, 2017

One immigrant group’s journey from outsiders to shaping 20th-century law enforcement. Read More

The ‘Diversity’ Green Card Lottery Was Originally for White Immigrants
November 2, 2017

The history behind the program Trump wants to scrap. Read More

The Extraordinary Secret Life of Dr. James Barry
March 24, 2017

How—and why—did a groundbreaking physician pass as the opposite sex for more than 50 years? Read More

When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis
March 16, 2017

More than 150 years ago, it was the Irish who were refugees forced into exile by a humanitarian and political disaster. Explore this era of scorn the Irish initially encountered and find out how they became part of the American mainstream. Read More

Globetrotting Vikings: The Raiding of Ireland
December 16, 2016

Ireland appeared to be an easy target for the Vikings, but the politically fractured island’s apparent weakness turned out to be its greatest strength. Read More

Easter Rising and the Unknown Fight for Equality
April 22, 2016

Explore how Easter Rising was not only a fight for Irish independence, but also a fight for equality. Read More

Bear Bone Discovered in 1903 is Evidence of Stone-Age Humans in Ireland
March 24, 2016

Scientists say a single bear bone found in 1903 suggests humans inhabited the Emerald Isle some 2,500 years earlier than previously thought. Read More

Medieval Skeleton Rises from Grave With Uprooted Tree
September 16, 2015

When a violent storm toppled a 215-year-old tree in Ireland, a creepy surprise was discovered entangled in its roots. Read More

Teen Debunks Professor’s Claim That Anti-Irish Signs Never Existed
August 12, 2015

A 14-year-old girl has proven that historical scholarship is not solely the realm of tweedy academics. Armed with her curiosity and an Internet connection, Rebecca Fried has debunked a history professor’s claim that “No Irish Need Apply” signs were not historical realities, but “a myth of victimization. Read More