Fr John Coghlan: served as a chaplain in two world wars

In a controversial passage of his memoir Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves praised the courage of Roman Catholic chaplains who had served alongside h(...)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko – born July 18th, 1933; died April 1st, 2017 – reciting his poems in New York in 2006. Photograph: Jennifer Taylor/New York Times
Obituary: Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and the instincts of a politician whose defiant verse inspired a (...)

A collection of Nazi memorabilia that goes on sale in Whyte’s gallery this month includes a roll of Nazi toilet paper

A roll of toilet paper issued to Nazi troops during the second World War is to go under the hammer in an auction of historical memorabilia in Dublin l(...)

First World War propaganda poster

After all the Easter-adjusted centenary commemorations, it’s disconcerting to read The Irish Times of 100 years ago today and be reminded that the Ris(...)

 Former World War Two pilot  Ted Veal (93)  and friend Ann Colfer on the front row of Tayto Park’s Rollercoaster ‘The Cú Chulainn Coaster’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When you are the sole survivor of a second World War bomber which crashed into mountains in Italy, a ride on a rollercoaster must seem like a gentle s(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

German president Joachim Gauck leaves the podium after a speech during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium today. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck delivered a forceful speech today on the actions of his own country in invading Belgium on August 4th, 1914 . Mr Gauck(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

A century after the Asgard sailed into Howth harbour with a shipment of 900 Mauser rifles, German arms are as popular as ever. Too popular, if you ask(...)

Anti-fascist demonstrators protest after the hearse carrying the coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke arrives in Albano Laziale near Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

The family of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke demanded the return of his body after his funeral was disrupted by protesters and his coffin taken away(...)