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(...)

Bobby Campion (centre) with Jack Moyney’s extended family at the official opening of a first World War museum at Bob’s Bar in Durrow, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:25

“Stop writing about the first World War” is how former Irish Times journalist Kevin Myers recalls the advice given to him by the newspaper’s editor, (...)

Queen Elizabeth meeting Jack Moyney and others at a ceremony in London in 1962.

A few years ago, Bobby Campion, a Co Laois publican, paid €120 for a photograph at a Sheppard’s auction. It showed Irish first World War veterans, inc(...)

A figure of 49,000 Irish dead in the first World War is often cited,  but this figure is erroneous.  Photograph: HP/HO Reuters 3:26

It remains uncertain exactly how many Irish from what is now the Republic fought in both world wars but what is not disputed is that the figure is i(...)

Albert Sutton, (RAF), left, and Ken McLean, (Royal Artillery) with standard bearers at the commemoration service for those who served in World War II, at Monkstown Parish Church, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former servicemen, relatives and representatives from the diplomatic corps, the Defence Forces and the State have taken part in an ecumenical service (...)

Evelyn Forde and Annette Hunter-Evans, founders of Cherish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As soon as the “little tot” was put in her arms the feeling of all- consuming love took her breath away. “The overwhelming outpouring of love was some(...)

The scene of the shooting in March 1989 of RUC officers Bob Buchanan and Harry Breen on the south Armagh border. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘An Irishman’s Diary’, written by Kevin Myers and published by The Irish Times on March 10th, 2000, helped “reignite” a debate about a Garda mole with(...)

Mr Justice  Peter Smithwick arriving at the Tribunal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

20 March 1989: RUC chief supt Harry Breen and supt Bob Buchanan are shot dead in an IRA ambush near Jonesborough, south Armagh. The officers were retu(...)

Mr Justice Peter Smithwick: the tribunal was set up in May 2005 and investigated privately for five years before holding public sittings in 2011

Preparations were under way last night to publish the final report of the Smithwick Tribunal today. The inquiry was set up more than eight years ago (...)

Judge Peter Smithwick: chairman and sole member of the tribunal

The final report of the Smithwick Tribunal into allegations of collusion in 1989 between gardaí and the IRA killers of two RUC officers is likely to b(...)