The  UEFA Euro 2016 European football championship will take place in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The city of Bordeaux intends to send out a “bienvenue” to Irish football fans next summer, French officials have promised. Ireland play Belgium in B(...)

The Irish delegation on the day, December 6th, 1921,  that the Treaty forming the Irish Free State and partioning Ireland  was signed (from left): Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Erskine Childers, Michael Collins, George Gavan Duffy, Robert Barton and John Chartres. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Shortly after Erskine Childers was shot in Beggars Bush barracks on November 24th 1922, his London solicitors asked the military authorities to provid(...)

Tom Barry. Author Brian P Murphy told the annual General Tom Barry Commemoration that Barry “placed a high priority on a sound historical narrative”. Photograph: Antairmdearg/Wikimedia Commons

IRA Flying Column commander Tom Barry was acutely conscious of the importance of historical narrative when writing about the nature of the Wa(...)

Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

 Bill O’Herlihy with John Giles (left) and Eamon Dunphy:  Some treat sport too seriously, others not seriously enough, because they don’t get the impact it can have on people’s lives – O’Herlihy got the balance just right. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Bill O’Herlihy would most probably have smiled to see himself top of Ireland’s Twitter trending list all day as tributes poured in after news of his p(...)

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Church, State and marriage

As debate on the marriage-equality referendum continues it is relevant to remember that, in one of the unreported conflicts in this area, Catholic pre(...)

Sheltered from the main part of Sandford Road by a fenced in coppice, the houses on Sandford Terrace, somewhat confusingly also known as Sandford R(...)

Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Witnessing a “whiskey planking” is not an everyday event in a politician’s diary, but Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney is on the guest list for o(...)

Rare footage of Pádraig Pearse has been obtained from British Pathé. Photograph: National Archives of Ireland

Footage of Padraig Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa will be shown in a new film about the revolutionary period to be launch(...)

Nessa and Rory Childers on Howth Pier for the Asgard centenary celebrations. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The centenary of the Howth gun-running incident was marked yesterday in an atmosphere that was as much celebration as commemoration. Bright sunshine (...)