Aurel Sercu believes that the remains in John Condon’s grave in Poelcapelle cemetery belong to Irish-born rifleman Patrick Fitzsimmons. Photograph: Wernervc/Wikimedia Commons

There is no first World War grave more visited or more controversial than that of the “boy soldier” from Waterford city Pte John Condon. Condon was w(...)

The military pensions archives  provide a definitive answer to the question which has been the butt of many jokes over the generations - how many were in the GPO during Easter Week? The answer is 508.  File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

After almost 100 years we may at last have the definitive answer to an age-old question - how many were “out” in 1916? The figure is 2,558 involved o(...)

 The funeral of Eimear Walsh, one of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, Co Dublin on June 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The father of Eimear Walsh (21) spoke of the terrible feelings of helplessness when he and his family heard the news that his daughter was critically (...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of  Eimear Walsh, one of the victim’s of the Berkeley balcony collapse, arrives at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in Foxrock, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Eimear Walsh (21) were told that she was “beautiful person” and a “wonderful daughter and sister”. Her father (...)

The remains of Olivia Burke are taken from Dublin Airport. The first funerals in Dublin of victims of the Berkeley balcony disaster will take place this morning.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

The first funerals in Dublin of victims of the Berkeley balcony disaster will take place this morning. Eoghan Culligan’s funeral will be held at 11(...)

Soldiers mark the  Rising at Eastertime  at the GPO, above. A series of trails including one retracing  events of the  Rising has been launched,  taking in  the GPO, the Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street, O’Rahilly Parade and the Garden of Remembrance, and focuses on the six days of the Rising. File photograph:    Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A series of trails including one retracing the events of the Easter Rising has been launched. Dublin Discovery Trails comprises four different theme(...)

The remains of Olivia Burke , who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse, leaving Dublin Airport today  escorted by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The remains of Olivia Burke, one of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, have arrived at Dublin Airport. Ms Burke (21), a student at Dun Laog(...)

The remains of the students who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California leave Dublin Airport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The funerals of four of the students who died in Berkeley, California are to begin in Dublin on Tuesday. The remains of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán(...)

People have been marking the summer solstice at the Hill of Tara this morningf, as they have been for millennia. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Hundreds of people have marked the summer solstice at the Hill of Tara in Co Meath. It was chilly and slight overcast at 4.57am when the sun rose on (...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)