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The scene of the IRA car bomb at Killeen in April 1987 in which Judge Maurice Gibson and his wife Lady Cecily Gibson were killed. What remained of their car is to the right behind the telegraph poles. The car in which |reland internationals David Irwin, Nigel Carr and Philip Rainey were travelling is in the middle of the road.

Mick Doyle was going apoplectic. David ‘Doc’ Irwin, Philip Rainey and Nigel Carr were late for Ireland training. It’s April 1987. Des Fitzgerald say(...)

Long Meadow apple farm

It’s the season of mellow fruitfulness, and as such it’s a great time to visit Ireland’s Orchard County, Armagh. The Bramley apple was first brought (...)

Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There is a very old joke about King James fleeing the Battle of the Boyne and meeting an old Irishman along the way to whom he shared his woes. “Don’t(...)

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

Woodford farmer Patrick McGann on one of the hut circles found on his land, which archaeologist Dr Christy Cunniffe believes  marks temporary camps of the Ultachs – Catholic refugees who fled persecution in Ulster in the 1790s

Traces of a “refugee camp” dating back some 220 years have been identified by an archaeologist on the slopes of south-east Galway’s Slieve Aughty moun(...)

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The Orange Order was once embraced in some southern counties, as is amply illustrated by a folk tale about two men from the Co Cavan village of Killes(...)

Naomi Long, Alliance;  Nigel Dodds, DUP;  Robin Swan, UUP;  Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin, and  Colum Eastwood, SDLP at UTV Studios in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Brexit, a united Ireland and attitudes to republican and loyalist violence featured in the first main Northern Ireland Westminster television debate b(...)

Sinn Fein leader for Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill addresses a memorial event in Cappagh, Co Tyrone, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the shooting dead of eight IRA members and bystander Anthony Hughes in an SAS ambush in Loughgall, Co Armagh. Photograph : Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O’Neill has defended her decision to attend a “martyrs” commemoration for eight IRA men shot dead by the SAS 30 yea(...)

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