Rev Ian Paisley: political outsider scorned by the aristocrats and merchant princes of the unionist establishment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On the morning of August 9th, 1971, I met the Unionist MP for Shankill, Des Boal, on Royal Avenue in Belfast (I was then working for the Irish Press g(...)

Victoria Cross was awarded to Irishman Stephen Garvin

One of the first Victoria Crosses won by an Irishman will be auctioned in London by medals auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb next Friday, September 19th. Th(...)

The late historian Dr Peter Hart.

A historian who challenged the late Dr Peter Hart over his controversial thesis that the IRA engaged in sectarian killings in West Cork, will give the(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama at the Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

The United Kingdom will supply ammunition to Kurds fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq, British prime minister David Cameron has declared, while a top(...)

Spike Milligan pictured in 1999. Photograph: William Conran/PA

A life-sized bronze statue in memory of Irish comedian Spike Milligan was unveiled in north London today.The memorial was organised and fundraised fo(...)

RONAN McGREEVY One hundred years ago tomorrow the Royal Munster Fusiliers made one of the most famous rearguard stands of the first World War. The Mun(...)

James Foley: the journalist came from an Irish-American family in Rochester, New Hampshire. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne, File 1:10

UK intelligence agencies are seeking the identity of the masked man with an English accent who was filmed beheading US journalist James Foley in Syr(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Britain’s role in Iraq moved beyond humanitarian aid. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Brita(...)

Aaron Findon pushes over the Donegal team doctor. Senan Connell broke down the incident in a calm and reasoned manner – RTÉ took a different approach. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The GAA branch of Sky Sports must be feeling that very little breaking ball has gone their way this season. While they surely expected the initial fur(...)

The National Archives (the one at Kew in London) has a very irritating name. Which nation? It’s not Britain, since Scotland is excluded; it’s not the (...)