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Fr Willie Doyle: was often to be found beyond the front line comforting those who they faced death or dragging them to safety if they could be saved

“If one of two has to suffer, why shouldn’t you be the one?” Hard words perhaps. But surely our families and our communities would be transformed if e(...)

Micheál Martin: “The period where separation from Britain occurs and the Irish State is established doesn’t belong to any one party or any one tradition.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The commemoration of the War of Independence and Civil War will be difficult, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Martin said looking at t(...)

Members of the Defence Forces during the first major event in Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle last year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commemoration of historic events and remembering those who died in conflicts invariably involves making moral judgements on the participants and the j(...)

A visitor stands in front of the 16th Irish Division Memorial during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7th, 2017. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AFP/Getty Images

The battle of Wijtschate-Messines in the first World War in June 1917 was the first act in what became known as the third battle of Ypres, a crucial p(...)

Willie Redmond: His   death was widely mourned at home. Photograph:  Culture Club/Getty Images

Willie Redmond MP, at the mature age of 53, unfit and overweight, signed up in February 1915 to join the Royal Irish Regiment. A popular politician (...)

William Monaghan was a member of the 36th (Ulster) Division which fought at the Somme, Messines Ridge and Passchendaele, where he was killed.

It is famed as the first battle of the first World War in which soldiers from the Ulster and Irish divisions fought side by side; but, 100 years on, t(...)

Cheerful French troops on their way to the offensive in April 1917

Having suffered enormous casualties during the defence of Verdun and in the big offensives on the Somme, the political leaders and commanders of the A(...)

When the first World War broke out in 1914 Ireland was yet to gain independence. The British army had always had a presence there and a strong traditi(...)

Members of the Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band pictured in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium, on Remeberance Sunday in 2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The images of man and beast floundering in suffocating mud would define not only the Battle of Passchendaele, but the first World War in the popular i(...)

Detail of British sappers digging a communications trench to Messines Ridge. Photograph: Getty

Before any British offensive from the Ypres salient in 1917 could begin, the Wijtschate-Messines ridge at the southern end of the salient had to be ta(...)

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