Irish soldiers rest during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme,  July 1st, 1916. Photograph: Royal Engineers No 1 Printing Company/IWM via Getty Images

Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys has travelled to France for the Somme Association centenary commemoration service for the Battles of (...)

Billy McFadzean: a 20-year-old rifleman who was among the 2,000 men of the 36th (Ulster) Division to die on the first day

There is no more famous Ulster casualty on the first day of the Somme than Billy McFadzean, a 20-year-old rifleman who was among the 2,000 men of the (...)

The anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Belfast City Hall yesterday morning. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Irish Ministers attended wreath-laying ceremonies in France and Belfast yesterday to mark the 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Minister of(...)