Flanders

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German soldiers on the offensive. Photograph: Neurdein/Roger Viollet/Getty

At 4.40am on the morning of March 21st, 1918, three German armies unleashed 6,473 heavy guns and 3,532 trench mortars upon 50 miles of the Western Fro(...)

  Competitors cycling across cobble stones during the   116th Paris-Roubaix one-day classic on Sunday. Photograph:  Getty Images

The death of young Belgian Michael Goolaerts following a crash in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix reminds us of the price that can be paid for our pleasure. Fi(...)

The magic, mystery and mayhem of the Coppers dance floor will rock the Alps this year in Livigno, Italy.

Island hopping in Croatia Go island-hopping and exploring the rocky coast of Croatia in a deluxe yacht. Just picture yourself island-(...)

‘The Creator of Europe, ” Karel Capek wrote in the 1920s, “made her small and even split her up into little parts, so that our hearts could find joy n(...)

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996.

This year marks the centenary of the Armistice and also the 20th anniversary of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders. From conception to ope(...)

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996: the Fine Gael politician  served as minister of state from 1981 to 1982 under Garret FitzGerald

The death has taken place of the former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte. He was 86. Mr Harte was a Fine Gael TD from 1961 until 1997, representing the Done(...)

A meeting in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

One hundred years ago the first World War ended and Ireland embarked on a course of action that led rapidly to the independent Irish State. After a re(...)

‘The word ‘Christmas’ no longers conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes,’ Catholic priest says

The word Christmas “has lost all meaning for believers,” Oblate priest and psychologist Fr Desmond O’Donnell. “The word ‘Christmas’ no longers convey(...)

Water test used at part of witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Illustration from Ludicium aquae (trial by water), 1613 edition

Society has always feared powerful women. Witches have been a feature of folklore right across the globe, from the troll-whisperers of Scandinavia, to(...)

A  photo taken in 1916  of a German U-boat. The well-preserved wreck of a U-boat sunk during the first World War  has been found off the Belgian coast. Photograph: Historial de Péronne/STR/AFP/Getty Images

The well-preserved wreck of a first World War German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Be(...)

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