Roger Casement: said in 1913 letter: ‘I only want to be an Irishman’

A historically significant, unpublished letter written by Roger Casement in 1913 – three years before he was hanged for treason – has sold at auction (...)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 1:25

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Among the highlights is ‘Guards Parade, Dublin Castle’ a watercolour by Rose Barton, estimated at £6,000- £8,000

A collection of Victorian paintings by leading Irish artists has been “re-discovered” and will go under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction in London on(...)

Each box was filled with a packet of 20 cigarettes, a foil-wrapped pack of pipe tobacco (both in yellow plain packaging), a photograph of Princess Mary and a card inscribed “With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Victorious New Year. From The Princess Mary and Friends at Home.”

The monthly auctions at John Weldon Auctioneers in Dublin’s Temple Bar are best-known for jewellery, silver and items consigned by the city’s three pa(...)

Queen Elizabethshakes hands with Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson  in Belfast in 2012. A quarter of a century earlier, MP Jim Kilfedder sought her direct involvement in talks on the North’s future. Photograph: Paul Faith/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The crisis in unionism after the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement prompted the Northern Ireland Assembly speaker to write to prime minister Margaret Thatch(...)

There are few more poignant dates in history than November 11th – tomorrow as it happens. This year it marks the 96th anniversary of the ending of tha(...)

Cossack charge at Gumbinnen, August 20th, 1914: A depiction of an eastern front battle between the German and Russian armies at Gumbinnen, East Prussia, now Gusev in Russia. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images
Ill-placed family trust

It was a nice day, slightly lifting his spirits. Nicholas II lunched with his two younger daughters before setting out by carriage for the Winter Pala(...)

Thomas Hughes’s grave at Broomfield, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Carrickmacross Workhouse Cemetery

In the old cemetery at Broomfield, Co Monaghan, near where I grew up, is the grave of a man named Thomas Hughes. He died in 1942, and what I kn(...)

Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and the return of Downton Abbey. Fans of big house life – and they are legion – will have a field day(...)

An English auction house has described as “sensational” the diary kept by a British army officer during the Easter Rising that has come to ligh(...)