Keith Wood pictured with his wife Nicola at the annual Ireland Funds’ rugby lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They were pushing their luck with a Friday the 13th lunch for a guest of honour nicknamed after a horror character, albeit a comic one. But som(...)

Sir Jack Leslie (97), whose uncle, Capt Norman Leslie, was killed in the first World War, viewing the exhibition at the National Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times 2:53

Long before his contemporary namesake earned his uncompromising reputation, the name of Michael O’Leary was synonymous with belligerence. Cork-born(...)

Sir Jack Leslie (97) whose uncle, Captain Norman Leslie, was killed in the first World War at the launch of the centenary exhibition at the National Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

An exhibition that seeks to portray Ireland and the first World War with all its complexities and contradictions has opened at the National Library. T(...)

Independent  Gerard Craughwell speaking after his election. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It says a lot about the state of politics in this country when the main Government party loses a Seanad election it should have won by a mile and t(...)

British ambassador Dominick Chilcott at the launch of The Irish Country house and The Great War in The National Library. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish and British governments have been as “good as their word” in ensuring the decade of commemorations is marked in a “spirit of historical acc(...)

Prince Edward will attend a ceremony to unveil a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin next Thursday. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

President Higgins will be accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, for the unveiling of a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

Bloodstock exports from the Republic to Britain were worth €204 million last year and Britain is the biggest market for Irish-bred horses. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The British-Irish Chamber of Commerce is going racing this week to help cement the trading relationship between the two countries that the latest fig(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan at Glasnevin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The IrishTimes 1:06

The British Government will send representatives to the Easter 1916 commemorations in two years’ time, the Secretary of State for Northern Irel(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s three-day state visit next April will include a state banquet at Windsor Castle, meetings with political leaders, and most likely a banquet for business leaders, hosted by the lord mayor of London at the city’s Guildhall venue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The forthcoming visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain opens up “limitless and endless opportunities” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has s(...)