Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull did not sign the declaration, but is a longstanding republican. Photograph:  Martin Ollman/Getty Images

The push for Australia to become a republic gathered steam on the eve of Australia Day – on Tuesday – with all bar one of the country’s state and terr(...)

Kylie Noble: ‘I am surprised at how foreign I feel in this country, and how unsettled and homesick I was at the start.’

I grew up in the most westerly point of the United Kingdom, in Co Fermanagh. Most people haven’t heard of it beyond Ireland. When I say it’s beside C(...)

 William Shakespeare: in certain circles, the Bard of Avon’s impending 400th will provoke conflict

The centenary of the Rising will not be the only anniversary to provoke contention this coming April. In 1916, Easter Week coincided with the tercente(...)

Retired champion jockey Tony McCoy: In a career of more than two decades, he rode over 4,300 winners. Photograph: PA

Recently retired 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy from Moneyglass, Co Antrim, has received a knighthood in the British new year’s honours list for ser(...)

Margaret Thatcher: the packed auction in central London  attracted telephone and online bids from 41 countries worldwide.   Photograph:  © Bettmann/CORBIS

In May 1979, arriving at No 10 Downing Street as Britain’s first woman prime minister, Mrs Thatcher famously quoted the prayer attributed to St Franci(...)

Mike Murphy: regrets never playing for the Lions

Mike Murphy was born in Dublin in 1941. He began working in RTÉ in the 1960s. In a career that spanned several decades, he presented popular programm(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised the Catholic church’s view on corporal punishment. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Catholic church’s support for the corporal punishment of children has been raised with Pope Francis by former president Mary McAleese, according t(...)

As a constitutional lawyer Mary Robinson “went as far as the wall and peeped over, but she didn’t cross it”.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The election of Mary Robinson as Ireland’s first woman president 25 years ago was an extraordinary event, Bride Rosney has recalled. Former special a(...)

The Lord Mayor of Cork has become embroiled in a war of words with the Royal British Legion over his failure to attend or send a deputy to the legi(...)

Norman Parkinson photograph of Baroness Thatcher: her belongings are being sold. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

As briefcases go, there’s none more exclusive than the red leather prime ministerial dispatch box embossed, in gold, with the royal cypher of Queen El(...)