I will be 50 on this 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Like many of my age group, I have vivid memories of grandparents who were participants in (...)

  Cpt Peter Kelleher from the 27th Infantry Battalion reading the Proclamation at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

‘Poblacht na hÉireann”: The speaker of these words, standing in front of Dublin’s General Post Office and reading from a proclamation, the ink was bar(...)

Imperial City (2015) by Mick O’Dea. Courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. Photograph: Emile Deneen

The Foggy Dew – Mick O’Dea Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin ***** The Royal Hibernian Academy on Abbey Street, Dublin, was b(...)

Undated MoD handout file photo of an RAF Reaper UAV drone. RAF war planes are gearing up to launch air strikes on Syria after David Cameron announced that he was ready to seek approval from parliament to attack Islamic State. Photograph: PA

British prime minister David Cameron has urged MPs from all parties - including Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party - to back his call for military action ag(...)

An RAF Puma helicopter, similar to the UK Puma Mk 2 helicopter which crashed in Afghanistan, killing five people.  Photograph: PA

Two British troops have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said last night. The RAF personnel died aft(...)

The DUP says British Labour Party shadow chancellor John McDonnell “still has more to do” following his apology. Photograph: PA

The DUP says British Labour Party shadow chancellor John McDonnell “still has more to do” following his apology for comments he made a over a decade a(...)

British Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn holds the final regional rally in Nuneaton on September 8th. The results of the Labour leadership contest will be announced on Saturday  September 12th. Photograph: Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images

Prime minister Corbyn has a nice ring to it, at least for the more than 100,000 people who marched against Blair’s Iraq war in Dublin. We failed then.(...)

A file image from the 1990s of former  Ulster Unionist leader James Molyneaux. Photograph: Reuters

The former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) James Molyneaux died today aged 94. Mr Molyneaux, who in 1997 took on the title of Lord Molyneaux(...)

The memorial commemorating  what happened at Iron

As a piece of Western Front drama the story of the Iron 12 is unsurpassed. The story has many epic elements: battles, escape, flight, solidarity, fort(...)

Some of the 600 children, who  survived Auschwitz II-Birkenau, show their tattooed identification numbers. Some 7,000 prisoners, including more than 600 children and youths below the age of 18, were alive when the camp was liberated. Photograph: Reuters

The Diary of Anne Frank (1947), Anne Frank Published by her father after the war, Anne Frank’s diary gives an account of her family’s hidden li(...)