The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)

Cork priest Fr Tom Duggan who volunteered as a British army chaplain in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and an OBE by King George VI.

Fr Tom Duggan certainly lived a life less ordinary. He served in the British army in the first World War and ended up as a PoW; became friends with IR(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)

Irish Military War Museum founder and curator William Sullivan  in the museum in Collon, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Exhibits at the Irish Military War Museum near Collon, Co Meath, explain the “complex political background” to the involvement of Irish men in two Wor(...)

 Dan Martin: crashed early in Wednesday’s race and while he was able to return to the peloton, withdrew as a precaution. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Still recovering from his crash in Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne, Dan Martin is hoping to start Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday.“Medical staff continues(...)

Events of the past days had forced Vinny tto disown the values shaped by his old man and by his own 35 years behind the wheel. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Kilbarrack Cemetery on the Dublin Road was well known to Vinny Fitzpatrick in that he passed it regularly in his day job on the buses. On rare occasio(...)

RTÉ’s David Davin-Power learns about  weapons that would have been used by Irish soldiers at Gallipoli in the first World War. Photograph: RTÉ

Gallipoli was one of the great military disasters in history. Some 80,000 Turks and 50,000 British, French, Australian and New Zealand troops died in (...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

 Irish cyclist Sam Bennett. EPA/CARLOS BARBA

Sam Bennett’s road to recovery from a bad crash in Wednesday’s Scheldeprijs race is moving smoother than first expected, with the concerning images o(...)