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Dublin Castle. Frank Digby Hardy was recruited as an intelligence agent and sent to Dublin with the intention of catching the elusive Michael Collins. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of the most bizarre events of the War of Independence took place in September 1920. A British spy was trying to inveigle his way into the highest (...)

Ninety-five per cent of the mass of vehicles and their batteries can be recycled or recovered, according to Renault

Sending a car to the scrapyard these days generally involves you paying for the process rather than the scrap merchant paying you for the old bits of(...)

In August 1821, George IV became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since 1690 and the first to arrive without an army in tow. Portrait: Sir Thomas Lawrence

In August 1821, George IV became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since 1690 and the first ever to arrive without an army in tow. His decisi(...)

The last of the five Theatre Royals was demolished in 1962. Photograph: Eason Collection/National Library  of Ireland

During this decade of anniversaries, we are often told that Dublin used be the second city of the United Kingdom. And it was, for about five decades. (...)

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

The so-called “Squad” was a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins, several of whom played key roles in a series of assassinations on the mor(...)

A sign on a tree reading “No entry to the property. Parents are liable for their children” after police finished a two-day search in a garden allotment near  the German city of Hanover on Wednesday. Photograph: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/AFP via Getty Images

German police searching an allotment plot used by the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have reportedly found a cellar once belie(...)

Madeleine McCann, who went missing aged three at the Ocean club apartment hotel in Praia de Luz, Portugal, in 2007. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German investigators are to continue on Wednesday their search of a garden allotment near Hanover as part of their investigation into a man suspected (...)

Ivar cabinets with grey mesh doors from Ikea, €80 each.

If the urge to tidy up your space is strong after lockdown, consider these new mesh-covered cabinets from Ikea’s Ivar range. The range of shelving sys(...)

Michael Collins: “there is no crime in detecting and destroying, in war-time, the spy and the informer”

Why did Bloody Sunday happen? To answer this question, we need to go back to 1918 when Michael Collins was introduced to Eamon Broy. Broy was a detect(...)

ExThera has agreed a deal with Irish aid agency Gorta Group for potential use of the Seraph 100 in the developing world. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new medical device that has shown promising results in early trials on coronavirus patients may be manufactured in Ireland after talks began on iden(...)

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