Belgian prime minister Elio di Rupo (right) stands in front of Maurice Dease’s grave in Mons. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy 1:06

At the stroke of midday in the Belgian town of Mons on Saturday, the church bells of Sainte-Waudru rang out the national anthems of the protagonist(...)

Concerns about the welfare of the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy were raised with two State bodies by Spirasi

Concerns about the welfare of the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy were raised with two State bodies by Spirasi, a group t(...)

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh has spoken of her confidence as a gay woman : Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus 1:36

The new Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has spoken of her confidence as a gay woman and said the question of her sexuality never arose during the festival.(...)

Educate Together: 5th-class students at Balbriggan Educate Together NS, Co Dublin. The country’s first Educate Together secondary school opened yesterday in Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s first Educate Together secondary school has opened its doors to the public. Some 65 first year pupils started yesterday in Ballymakenny Coll(...)

Fallen: a dramatic reconstruction by the war artist David Rowlands is based on accounts of Dease’s defence of the railway bridge at Nimy

One hundred years ago today Lieut Maurice Dease, an Irish soldier serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium, was in charge of a machi(...)

Lieutenant Maurice Dease died of his wounds and is buried in St Symphorien cemetery. President Michael D. Higgins visited the cemetery earlier this month. He  is pictured with Joachim Guack  of Germany, Britain’s Prince William, British PM David Cameron and King Philippe of Belgium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire 4:28

A memorial paving stone to Lieutenant Maurice Dease, the first winner of the Victoria Cross (VC) during the First World War, will be unveiled at Glasn(...)

 Maria Walsh the winning 2014 Rose of Tralee,  in  the town’s  park in Tralee yesterday. Photograph : Domnick Walsh 1:36

It is the morning after the night before in Tralee and the person with the clearest head is the one who could be excused for having the biggest party.(...)

Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was last night crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee.A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms Walsh moved to the south Mayo vi(...)

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy (r) has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. (...)

Laois rose Teresa Brennan with Dáithí Ó Sé on stage during Rose of Tralee International Festival in the Dome, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

The Rose of Tralee is usually immune to every passing fad, but this year it has decided to make an exception. Host Dáithí Ó Sé had a bucket of iced w(...)