Mattie Griffin puts on a show amid the mountains of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany as part of BMW’s Mottorad festival

Fancy a 3,700km trek through five countries? For many four- wheeled motorists with summer holidays in mind, it sounds like pure hell. Yet bikers are (...)

The Irish martyrs of the Rising are typically remembered by the wearing of the white Easter lily, a symbol of death and rebirth. Those who died at the Somme are honoured with the red and black poppy.

In you, our dead enigma, all the strains Criss-cross in useless equilibrium From In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge, by Seamus Heaney A year of do(...)

Methodist notes

Rev Bill Mullally, president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, took part in the National Day of Commemoration multi-faith service held last Sunday a(...)

French president Francois Hollande is to go ahead with a visit to Ireland next week despite Thursday’s terror attack in Nice. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French president François Hollande is to go ahead with a visit to Ireland next week despite Thursday’s terror attack in Nice. Taoiseach Enda Kenny h(...)

A Twelfth of July Orange Order parade arrives on the Crumlin Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 12th, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A resolution to one of the longest-running conflicts around parades in Northern Ireland was close, community workers and political leaders said. Talk(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny would be a ‘lame duck’ if he were to set out a timetable for when he intends to step down as Fine Gael leader.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny would lose be a “lame duck” if he set out a timetable for when he intends to step down as Fine Gael leader, Minister for Social P(...)

Noel Murphy  salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at  the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme in the National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

The words of Marshal Ferdinand Foch first uttered in the pages of The Irish Times echoed around Islandbridge as Ireland remembered those who died in t(...)

 Young people lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1st, 2016 in Thiepval, France. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

“The days wore on, and we were tossed back and forth between sudden alarm and long hours of quiet when everything seemed just fine. Most of our artill(...)

Young people holding flowers, bouquets and cockades stand guard in front of the graves as they take part in a memorial ceremony at the Franco-British National Memorial in Thiepval near Albert, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Reuters

At the beginning of this year we considered how we might make a joint contribution to the centenary commemorations which would build our friendship an(...)

Diarmaid Ferriter: “The wheel has turned over the decades in relation to Anglo-Irish relations and how joint involvement in the EU transformed perspectives.” Photographs: The Irish Times

During the week, the Merriman Summer School in Ennis was timely in examining the theme of “our gallant allies in Europe”. It offered a chance to refle(...)