Detail of a   British recruiting poster depicting the face of Sgt Michael O’Leary VC. Photograph: Library of Congress

Cork man awarded Victoria Cross was feted as a war hero but struggled with civilian life

The statue of Patrick Kavanagh on the canal near Baggot Street bridge. The poet’s A Christmas Childhood is among the 10 poems shortlisted in search for  Ireland’s best loved poems of the past 100 years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kavanagh, Yeats and Heaney among contenders in A Poem for Ireland project

The famous poster depicting Sgt Michael O’Leary VC which was used to recruit Irish nationalists. Library of Congress.

Michael O’Leary VC will be remembered 100 years on from his celebrated act of bravery

George Smith (right),   celebrates his 100th birthday in John Kavanaghs pub in Glasnevin, commonly known as the Gravediggers, with his children (from left),  Gerard, Freddie and Teresa. George has been frequenting the  pub every week for several decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Born in 1915, George Smith worked as a docker until his retirement 35 years ago

Willie Penrose: “The people who are tramping the highways and byways of Ireland are the people I want to be seen given an opportunity by RTÉ.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister says French-style quota system should be introduced by broadcaster

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy. An Oireachtas committee has heard how sponsorship secured for D’Arcy’s new radio show more than covers his salary. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee hears how Volkswagen will help cover cost of new programme

Dr Andrew Horne’s first World War pictures of international interest in centenary year

Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, said he accepted the award on the “clear understanding” that it was not for him alone but for the “10s of thousands of Allied servicemen who served on D-Day”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael d’Alton given Légion d’Honneur by French ambassador Jean Pierre-Thébault

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Fianna Fáil leader’s background shows Irish family connections can be complicated

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