Thronged: John Redmond at the Parnell monumnet on O’Connell Street in 1912. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Sunday, March 31st, 1912. O’Connell Street in Dublin has never seen anything like this. Since mid-morning, when the 64 special trains bringing peop(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont  spoke about his party’s intent to resign from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After the IRA came to shoot our (Catholic) neighbour, his dignified family members closed their door and grieved. Us youngsters on the street in Derr(...)

Desmond Boal, Ulster Unionist MP,  arriving in January 1969 at the Northern Ireland Parliament at Stormont. Photograph: Copyright  Victor Patterson

Much has been written recently of Desmond Boal, the former unionist politician, but perhaps a little more can be said of the complexity of this fascin(...)

Marlborough Road in Donnybrook was developed from the early 1820s until the late 1800s. Architect and engineer Edward Carson, father of politician,(...)

 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 unique first World War culture flourishes in Northern Ireland. A tour of the working-class streets in loyalist parts of Belfast will offer the vi(...)

John Redmond MP –  portrait by artist Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland
To stand with the Empire

‘The life of a politician, especially of an Irish politician,” a weary and disheartened John Redmond reflected as his life was drawing to a close, “is(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness signs the book of condolence for Ian Paisley at Derry’s Guildhall. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Ian Paisley got the full front-page treatment on Northern Ireland’s three main morning newspapers on Saturday.The centre-ground, but fairly unionist, (...)

 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)

Gerald Dawe: ‘Do it because you want to and not for any other reason, and stick at it no matter what.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence. What was your favourite book as a child? Treasure Island(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia,. Helmuth Von Moltke, German army chief of staff, and Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz on December 8th 1912, after news from London that Britain would not tolerate the crushing of France, Wilhelm met his top military, including both men. At what became known as “the War Council”, Moltke argued in favour of war, “the sooner the better”. Tirpitz argued “the navy would prefer to see the postponement of the great fight for one and a half years”. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
What will the British do?

‘The influence of the Irish crisis on German policy has generally been underestimated,” Northern Ireland historian ATQ Stewart wrote in his thriller-l(...)