Then President Mrs McAleese, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth of England and King Albert of Belgium during the official opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Mesen in Belgium yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

In 1967, Irish historian FX Martin referred to a deliberate “historical amnesia” about southern Irish links to the first World War, in contrast to the(...)

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(...)

Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister Northern Ireland , speaking to Brian O’Driscoll and  Amy Huberman at the banquet held at Windsor Castle during the state visit of President Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

In his account in his memoirs of the day he became the first Irish head of government to address MPs and peers in the Palace of Westminster sev(...)

 Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917).  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Great War and Irish poets

As January 1914 dawned, Europe had experienced 100 years of comparative peace since the Battle of Waterloo. During that time, technological developmen(...)

The good, the bad and the ugly side of Irish politics were in evidence over the past week. All served as a reminder that the mistakes which alm(...)