Heather Jones (centre), associate professor in international history at London School of Economics, with Pascal Donohoe, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Cllr Kate Feeney, president of Ógra Fianna Fáil, during yesterday’s summer school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The first World War was regarded by contemporaries as a complete break with the past in terms of the forms of violence used, according to Heather Jon(...)

Lord and Lady Rosse of Birr Castle and Tom Roche of Just Forests hug a  200-year-old   grey poplar on the estate after it was  accepted as Ireland’s nominee in the European Tree of the Year 2014 competition. It was blown down in a storm in February. Photograph: Just Forests

Experts say that a 5,000-year-old yew tree found in a Welsh churchyard may be the oldest tree in Britain.That makes the tree, which stands outside St (...)

Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)

The picturesque towns of Killaloe and Ballina lie on either side of the River Shannon, which divides the counties of Clare and Tipperary. The birth(...)

St Columba’s Church, Swords

Why is it of interest? St Columba’s Church is an interesting example of early 19th-century Georgian churches. It was designed by Francis Johnson in t(...)

Stamp showing the Waterford Kite Brooch (c.1090), one of Ireland’s finest pieces of late 11th/early 12th century secular metalwork against a background map of Waterford City (both images courtesy of Waterford Treasures Museums).

An Post is putting its stamp on the celebrations to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf through the issuing of two stamps wh(...)

Iain Barber of Fingal Living History Society at the launch earlier this year of a programme of events to commemorate Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf. Photograph: Eric Luke

One thousand years ago this week, Brian Boru, High King of all Ireland, defeated Norse King Sitric Silkenbeard of Howth at the Battle of Clonta(...)

The 23rd annual stations of the cross pageant at St John the Baptist Church Clontarf Road. The Easter pagent is performerd by members of the Parish. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the most striking images of the Easter story is a fresco by Fra Angelico in the Dominican Convent of San Marco in Florence. Entit(...)

Vikings: the television series stars Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel

It is a scene familiar from every primary-school history book. A horde of long-haired, sword-wielding, fearsome-looking foreign marauders run amok (...)

Strings attached: Patrick Freyne (left) and Cormac de Barra enjoying a harmonious session together. Photographs: Eric Luke 2:39

Once upon a time, says Cormac de Barra, the harpist was given pride of place in Irish society. De Barra is collaborating with Moya Brennan on (...)