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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is due to report back to parliament on her negotiations with the EU on February 13th. Photogarph: Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May has said she will be “battling for Britain” when she returns to Brussels to seek a “pragmatic” Brexit deal that can(...)

Sinn Féin leaders  1919. Thirty-six elected members were in jail. P Maloney on left in second row. Photograph: Hulton Archive

PJ Moloney (1871-1947), my great-grandfather, was elected for Tipperary South in the UK general election that took place just weeks following the end (...)

 Leinster’s bonus point win over Wasps secured Leo Cullen’s team a home quarter-final. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Three Irish sides in the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup for the first time ever and all three will be reasonably content with how events panned(...)

Two RIC constables were shot dead as they escorted gelignite to a Tipperary quarry in 1919

One hundred years ago, on Monday January 21st, 1919  the first shots in Ireland's War of Independence were fired when two policemen were kille(...)

Billy Connolly: by talking so frankly about his disease, he helps to lift the veil shrouding  Parkinson’s. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Billy Connolly is one of my favourite comedians. Perhaps a little “un PC” for some, those of us brought up on a diet of his unique humour and with fo(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. As gridlock gripped Dublin’s roads in the early years of the century, he bought a taxi licence and plate for his own car, allowing him to use bus lanes to sail past bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to his office at the airport every morning. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

In 2001, British Airways’ budget offshoot Go began flying from Dublin to Glasgow and Edinburgh. “It’s about time Irish travellers had the opportunity (...)

Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel with their wives, Lucille and Ida, in Stan’s sister’s pub, in England, in 1952

When a Laurel and Hardy film came on television my grandad Freddie Elcock would sit me on his knee and point excitedly at the screen. “There(...)

The V&A in Dundee which was designed  by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. Photograph:  Getty Images

V&A Dundee Scotland’s first design museum opened in September in a stunning building designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma that looks like se(...)

Image from May 2018 of comedian Billy Connolly. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Billy Connolly admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away”, as he spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease. The comedian makes the(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

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