US president Donald Trump and the man he fired as director of the FBI, James Comey. Photographs: Michael Reynolds/Shawn Thew/EPA

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John Redmond MP,  portrait by  Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Personal tragedies and political disappointments followed in the Rising’s wake

Could John Redmond really have “won over” Ulster if given time? Probably not, but we can say for sure he would have tried.

Those who claim British never intended to introduce home rule are arguing against evidence

Bryan Cooper on Don Cossack celebrates winning the  Gold Cup at Cheltenham yesterday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

‘Give me any sport and I’ll give it a try,’ says Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton after her clear round at Cheltenham

Mall Dini ridden by jockey Davy Russell on their way to winning the Pertemps Network Final at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Cheltenham 2016: ‘I’ve wanted to do this all my life’, says jubilant owner Philip Reynolds

Neville Porter, bookmaker from Durham, at his stand in Cheltenham. Photograph: Chris Dooley

Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh land opener with Yorkhill but Un De Sceaux fails to deliver

Ruby Walsh celebrates onboard Annie Power after winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge trophy at Cheltenham yesterday: Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Ruby Walsh dedicates win to six-year-old daughter of vet at the Mullins yard

Mark Gibson from Dublin at the opening of the Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Inpho

Festival veterans ‘in love’ with Annie Power but confess they ‘don’t do the dog on it anymore’

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Irish nationalist leader fought for Irish interests while also appeasing British leader Asquith

US president Barack Obama delivers a statement after the Oregon shooting. Newsweek said that in 2013 alone, 33,636 people in the US were killed by gun violence, more than all Americans killed inside the country by terrorists in the last 14 years. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Obama’s appeal to media to publish comparative figures has been answered

Thronged: John Redmond at the Parnell monumnet on O’Connell Street in 1912. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In March 1912 more than 100,000 people gathered on O’Connell Street in Dublin to hear the MP herald London’s introduction of a new(...)

John Redmond MP –  portrait by artist Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland
To stand with the Empire

John Redmond’s eve of war speech in the House of Commons turned into a gamble gone wrong, rather than a masterstroke

British foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey: proposals for mediation “are meeting with a favourable reception”. Photograph Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Countdown to War: conflict looked increasingly likely as Austria received an ‘unsatisfactory’ response from Serbia to its ultimatu(...)

1914:  French politician Theophile Delcasse (1852 - 1923).  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

An ‘Irish Independent’ article highlights the French army’s lack of preparedness for a war with Germany

The Gloucestershire Regiment marching through Piave on the way to the front at Asiago during the first World War. Just weeks before the war began in 1914 an Irish Times article suggested the great powers in Europe were “nicely balanced”.  Photograph: PA

Countdown to War: Just weeks before alliances between the great powers caused Europe to go to war, an ‘Irish Times’ writer pondere(...)

The Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo moments before their assassination.  Photograph:  Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

In the second of our archival reports on the build up to the first World War, a Reuters report captures the shock following the mu(...)

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