If the dead could speak they would point their skeletal fingers at the rather corpulent figure who sent them to their doom. The Sinn Féin propaganda l(...)

It appears that the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo in January was just a curtain raiser, a taste of what was to come. And the chilling prospect after (...)

French minister of state for veteran affairs Jean-Marc Todeschini has presented one of Ireland’s last surviving second World War veterans with France’(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Major General David O’Morchoe, President Royal British Legion, lay wreaths at the Remembrance Sunday service, at St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is not a village or town in any county in Ireland that did not suffer losses in the first World War, a remembrance service at St Patrick’s Ca(...)

Workmen put the finishing touches to the Weeping Window Poppy installation at St George’s Hall, in Liverpool, yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Can we please stop shouting at one another?   Eight years ago, Jon Snow, the brightly tied Channel 4 newscaster, coined the phrase “po(...)

 British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/IWM via Getty Images

A performance of Frank McGuinness’s play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme will be performed on the site of the Battle of the Somm(...)

Three 8in howitzers firing at the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. John Fox, who won an All-Ireland with Clare in 1914, was injured during the battle. File photograph: Getty Images

Several All-Ireland finalists fought in the first World War and some were killed, according to a new book on the GAA. Two won All-Ireland medals, Joh(...)

August 1960: George Harrison (second right), Paul McCartney (centre),   Stuart Sutcliffe (fourth left) and Pete Best (right)  of the Beatles’ then current line-up, with members of their touring party, at the Arnhem-Oostberbeek War Cemetery, the Netherlands,  as the band journeyed from Liverpool to Hamburg. File photograph: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Researchers claim to have discovered the first World War grave of the grandfather of former Beatle George Harrison in northern France. Pte Henry Harr(...)

Gendarmes block a road near a Travellers’ camp, the site of a shooting which killed four people and seriously wounded three. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

A gunman shot dead three members of the same family in a Roma camp in northeastern France on Tuesday before killing a police officer who arrived on th(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, Lord Mayorof Dublin Críona Ní Dhalaigh, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, at Glasnevin Cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As both a historian and a citizen I was perplexed and concerned by the nature and extent of the State’s official commemoration of the centenary of Jer(...)