British soldiers lined up in a narrow trench during World War I (28th October 1914) . Photograph:Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter Eric Bogle said he wrote The Green Fields of France as a response to the anti-Irish sentiment in Britain during the IRA bombing camp(...)

A crowd cheers Nelson Mandela in 2000 as he prepares to be conferred with an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Nelson Mandela Exhibition, at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, should be put on show in Ireland, said Christopher Till, director of the museu(...)

London Irish: Conor Egan, Graham Knox, Danny O’Reilly and Dave McPhillips of the Coronas are enjoying “starting all over again” in England and the move seems to be paying off as they find themselves on a bit of a roll

It’s a clear, crisp Tuesday night in London, and the street outside the Scala venue near King’s Cross station is eerily quiet. Inside, however, is (...)

Irish Bog Snorkeling Championships are taking place in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan this weekend. Picture of male entrant takes a dip in the so called Bog Jacuzzi after takes part in the Irish Bog Snorkelling championship in Dungannon in July. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival Marking the beginning of the new oyster season, the 60th oyster festival is on in Clarenbridge, Co Galway until Su(...)

Rosemary Mac Cabe (centre) singing at Gardiner Street Gospel Mass. Photograph: Gavin Crosby

I applied to formally defect from the Catholic Church in late 2009 on the back of a campaign by the now defunct website – which cease(...)

Mary Hampson, from Coventry in England cheers home Hurricane Fly on the final day of the Leopardstown festival in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been a testing week for members of the Come Home Sober syndicate. To see their horse win once at the Leopardstown festival might have been cons(...)

The departures area at Dublin Airport. Emigration is again having a dramatic economic and social impact. Photograph: Frank Miller

It had been an ambition of mine for some time to persuade RTÉ producer John O’Regan to come to the Kennedy Summer School to talk about making the phen(...)

‘When people ask me what kind of singer I am, I find it hard to answer . . . I always say I’m a folksinger. ‘Folk’ is a huge umbrella – I’m not(...)