Fr Ned Dowling: known informally as ‘the Colonel’.

Born Edward Dowling – in 1886 in Slieverue, Co Kilkenny – but always known as Ned, he was the son of schoolteachers William and Catherine Dowling. He (...)

German and British troops sing “Silent Night” before playing a football match to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The Christmas truce of 1914 really happened. It was not a myth elevated to the status of a fact by a public who wished it so. It didn’t just happened (...)

An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest, including his detailed account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields, has come to light.The(...)

An undated handout photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her 10 children. Photograph: PA Wire

Two men arrested by police in Northern Ireland in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have been released.A 63-year-old(...)

British troops mistreated nine Iraqi detainees following a fierce battle a decade ago, but false allegations of murder and torture were the product of “deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility”, the five-year Al-Sweady inquiry has found. Photograph: The Al-Sweady Inquiry/PA Wire

Allegations that British troops killed captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a battle in 2004 were “baseless”, a long(...)

Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnest Press conference in Dublin last month, were (from left) Francis Mc Guigan, Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally, Brian Turley and Kevin Hannaway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State is opposing an application by lawyers for the “hooded men” for their legal costs of an application aimed at compelling the Government decide(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a landmark case taken by the State over alleged torture by Brit(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a case involving controversial interrogation practices by the Br(...)

A number of the surviving ‘Hooded Men’ who hope the Government will apply to the European Court of Human Rights over their human rights case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Several men seeking the reopening of their landmark human rights case over controversial interrogation practices by the British army in Northern Ir(...)

Swimmers dive into the Forty Foot on Christmas Day, 1971.  Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

If the ghost of Joyce’s “stately plump Buck Mulligan” is still swimming at Dublin Bay’s Forty Foot, it may not be in the company of the Sandycove Bat(...)