Workmen found what they thought was an old press or bathroom cabinet and were about to dump it into a skip when Fr John O’Reilly asked them to leave it to one side

A Flemish altarpiece discovered by a priest in Co Wexford was sold at auction last night for €40,000. The 15th-century artwork went under the hammer a(...)

The tombstone of John Parr, the first British soldier killed in World War I, on August 21st, 1914, at the Military Cemetery of Saint-Symphorien in Spiennes, Mons. Photograph: Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins is to attend an official British commemoration for the start of the first World War at Mons in Belgium. He will be among (...)

Polish foreign minister Radislow Sikorski said British prime minister David Cameron would be able to negotiate major reforms to Britain’s EU membership terms even if he was defeated on the Juncker issue. Photograph: Reuters/Slawek Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy travels to London for talks with British prime minister David Cameron today amid increasing expectatio(...)

The life of Camille Claudel, the French sculptress, has inspired a musical, an opera, a ballet and a 1988 bodice ripper starring Isabelle Adjani and G(...)

Maurice Deas, from Gaulstown in Co Westmeath, killed in action as a member of the 4th Royal Fusiliers, was the first allied soldier awarded the Victoria Cross.

Last Thursday evening, the Irish community of Kraainem in Brussels gathered for an evening of poetry, readings and film to mark the centenary of th(...)

The altarpiece discovered by Fr John O’Reilly in Piercetown, Co Wexford, is a triptych with painted door panels that open to reveal a central tableau of sculpted carvings depicting the lamentation of Christ. Photograph: Luke Wynne

A dust-covered “old press”, destined for a skip in Co Wexford, has turned out to be a rare 15th-century Flemish altarpiece valued at €100,000. The (...)

The Tyne Cot military cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Deep in the quiet Belgian countryside lies Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest commonwealth graveyard in the world. The nine-acre site houses rows of wh(...)

Philip Hynes, pictured with pupils from  Scoil Cholmcille in Termon, Co Donegal, is reunited with his granduncle’s first World War  service medal.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The family of a Tipperary man who fought and died in the first World War have been reunited with his service medal a century after his death – all th(...)

A man casts his vote for the European Parliament and Belgium’s general elections in Deurne, near Antwerp, last Sunday. Voters in Belgium insert a card into a machine and make their choice on a screen using an electronic pen. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

On Sunday morning, along with millions of others in Belgium, I set out for my local polling station, voting card in hand, to exercise my democratic ri(...)

A surveillance camera image shows the suspected killer walking near the Jewish museum in Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Belgian Federal Police 0:46

Belgian police were searching for a gunman yesterday who killed four people in the Jewish museum of Belgium on Saturday as the country went to the po(...)