General John Maxwell presided over the secret military tribunals which ordered the execution of the 15 leaders of the Easter Rising and changed the course of Irish history.

General John Maxwell, the man who is widely blamed for the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, was an instrument and not author of British po(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

Visitors to The Wedgwood Museum, as art lovers have just a few months to raise millions of pounds to prevent a “tragedy” which would see the historic Wedgwood Collection sold off.   Its future has been in doubt since Waterford Wedgwood Potteries collapsed in 2009 with a £134 million pension debt which threatened the future of the museum where the collection was kept. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One of the most important ceramics collections in the UK will be broken up and sold off in three months unless a public appeal can raise £2.74 million(...)

 West Ham United’s Ravel Morrison, 21, who has been charged with assaulting two women, Greater Manchester Police said. Photograph:  Stephen Pond/PA Wire

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.The 21-year-old, formerly with Manchester United, is accused of attacki(...)

The racing corruption controversy that has already seen jockey Eddie O’Connell banned for four years has escalated dramatically with news that the Tur(...)

Undated handout photo of cancer patient Stephen Sutton. Photograph: PA

The 19-year-old British cancer charity fundraiser Stephen Sutton died peacefully in his sleep this morning, his mother said on his Facebook page today(...)

Former footballer and now soccer pundit Stan Collymore has accused Twitter of “not doing enough” to combat abusive tweets on the social networking site after he was targeted by internet trolls. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Ex-England striker Stan Collymore has urged Twitter to do more to combat internet “trolls” after claiming racist and sexist messages are being posted(...)

Robbie Brady of the Republic of Ireland and Hull City is expected to face Crystal Palace this weekend. Photograph:   Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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Saturday 23rd November Arsenal (1) v Southampton (3) Arsenal will have forward Theo Walcott back from two months out following abdominal surgery. Germ(...)

Manchester United duo Michael Carrick (pictured) and Danny Welbeck have been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck have been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany through injury.Carrick (...)

A dejected Callum Reilly of Birmingham after missing a penalty during the League Cup Fourth Round against Stoke City at St Andrews Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Stoke progressed into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup as they saw off brave 10-man Birmingham on penalties following an incredible 4-4 thril(...)