Tipperary-man Vincent Maher recalls his time as a doctor at Spandau where Rudolf Hess was imprisoned.

As a teenage FCA recruit in 1940s Ireland, Vincent Maher learned how to fire a gun, throw a hand grenade, and thrust a bayonet into the guts of a s(...)

Marsh’s Library, Dublin. It has changed so little in 314 years its founder Archbishop Narcissus Marsh would have no trouble recognising it.

Mention of “the cricket bat that died for Ireland” (Irishman’s Diary, July 4th) reminds me of the shelf of books that was seriously wounded for Irelan(...)

Paris lawyer Frank Samson as Napoleon at a pre-battle briefing before a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.

Anyone who still thinks Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo should visit an exhibition now running in that town’s Ecuries museum. It includes the cla(...)

Detail of a portrait of Daniel O’Connell by Sir David Wilkie

I was somewhat alarmed this week to hear that two Irish companies had won a lucrative “duelling” contract in Scotland. Or at least that’s what I thoug(...)

 An 1806 recruitment poster in Irish outlining pay and conditions in the wars against Napoleon. National Museum of Ireland

In a breezy feature on battlefield tourism recently, the Sunday Times (no relation) mocked the French about this year’s major anniversaries of two fam(...)

Detail from ‘Classical Beauty’ by Alfred Elmore. Courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

The birthdate of Clonakilty-born artist Alfred Elmore is today famous the world over; but not, alas, because of anything he did. He made his earthly d(...)

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

The new Monaghan Tourism website does not exaggerate when it describes the local landscape as “unspoiled”. The county of the little hills is indeed(...)

 “Even allowing for the passage of 99 years, the Proclamation’s lack of gender balance is striking.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A female reader gave out to me a while back in the comments forum for my “use of male as normative” in part of that day’s column. As least, I think th(...)

Nevil Shute: cryptic phone call from Dublin Castle

The writer Nevil Shute is best remembered today for well-plotted novels including A Town Like Alice and On the Beach, which sold hundreds of thousands(...)

As the BBC’s Harry Carpenter described it live: “And a midget! An Irish midget prances around the ring as McGuigan is announced!”

A conspicuous absentee from Sunday’s Ireland-England game – unless I nodded off and missed it – was our old friend, the Mexican Wave. Its absence was (...)