Ian Paisley with his wife  and children before a service in his honour at the Martyrs’ Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

The centre of Ballymena was going through its usual, slightly lazy early Friday afternoon yesterday when the secondary schools disgorged their pupils (...)

Lt-Col Dick Hely-Hutchenson:  A letter to his father  describes the reality of life in the trenches in horrific detail. Photograph: Peter Murtagh 3:11

The story of the Hely-Hutchinsons of Donabate, an Anglo- Irish family, is contained inside 110 boxes in the archives of Fingal County Council in north(...)

Conference organiser prof Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College Dublin said the mutiny was “above all an enormous British constitutional crisis”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

in The Curragh The Curragh Mutiny of March 1914 had a disastrous effect on discipline within the British Army and inflicted irretriev(...)

Firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray who died in the factory fire in 2007

Wicklow county councillors voted yesterday not to debate events at the inquest into the deaths of two Bray fi(...)

Awash: floodwaters in Cork city centre this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland is shaped a bit like a saucer, shallow in the middle and surrounded by mountains. The Shannon drains the centre and other rivers drain the (...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Xhosa men in an elder’s home before slaughtering a cow as part of a a ceremony in Qunu, ahead of the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

There are two worlds in Qunu right now.One is the world of whirring helicopters, police and soldiers, all heavily armed and casting about the place ri(...)

Attendees sing prior to the start of the state memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

World leaders paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela at his state memorial service in Johannesburg yesterday, but their praise (...)

 African National Congress  party members hold a prayer service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Standard Bank arena in central Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.   Photograph: TJ Lemon/EPA

Churches across South Africa were filled yesterday as people prayed and gave thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela.In what used to be his own family c(...)

Picking up the pieces: devastation in Leyte. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty

If there are “lucky” people when a natural disaster wreaks destruction on a place, they might look rather like the people of Bogo. The city, which has(...)