Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visit the grave of Willie Redmond in December 2013. Photograph: PA 2:25

Rediscovered letters from the front from Major Willie Redmond reveal his pride in his fellow Irish soldiers and his frustration at not being allowed t(...)

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For generations Irish First World War memorabilia was confined to attics and drawers not to be shown in public. The hostility extended to Irish vetera(...)

Gay Byrne’s father, Edward, fought at Ypres and the Somme

Gay Byrne has revealed that his father Edward was so traumatised by his experiences in the first World War that he would get up in the middle o(...)

British Expeditionary Force: Gay Byrne’s father, Pte Edward Byrne, who joined the 19th Royal Hussars, in 1912

When Gay Byrne’s mother, Anne, married his father, Edward Byrne, in 1917, she promised to go to Mass every day of her life if he survived the f(...)

Thomas Hughes’s grave at Broomfield, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Carrickmacross Workhouse Cemetery

In the old cemetery at Broomfield, Co Monaghan, near where I grew up, is the grave of a man named Thomas Hughes. He died in 1942, and what I kn(...)

Mr Kenny cited Ireland’s dead of the Crimean War and the Somme and said the Irish had fought the battles of many other countries for centuries. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron 0:58

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the struggle to overcome the financial crisis as a “battle” the Irish people are fighting for themselves – s(...)

 Sir Edward Carson: he  was  willing to carry resistance to Home Rule to almost any length, legal or illegal. Photograph:    Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Edward Carson’s long shadow

Unlike Margaret Thatcher, an Irishman who toyed with treason and brought Ireland to the brink of bloody civil conflict was given a state funeral by th(...)

British soldiers in the trenches during the first World War. File Photograph: Getty Images

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War and with it comes four years of commemorations. The war began with the assas(...)