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At 7.30am on July 1st 1916, they rose from the trenches, line after line of them, all abreast, each man about an arm’s length from his neighbour. And (...)

 Dignitaries lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1st, 2016 in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

The Somme has somehow become a river of Ulster, a centenary commemorative service was told in France Friday. In an address at the Ulster Tower, near (...)

A lone poppy from the poppy drop lies stuck next to names inscribed on the pillars of the Thiepval Memorial after the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The men of the 36th (Ulster) Division were remembered 100 years on in the realm of death now turned into the rolling farmlands of Picardy. All around(...)

Commemoration in Islandbridge. Photograph: Patrick Hugh Lynch

Soldiers, politicians, royalty and ordinary citizens stood in silence, heads bowed, on Friday in ceremonies across Ireland, Britain and France to com(...)

Wreaths are layed at the Stone of Remembrance after the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The heroism of the thousands of Irishmen killed at the Battle of the Somme “will never be forgotten” the Lord Mayor of Belfast said at Belfast city ha(...)

Troops of the Tyneside Irish regiment one minute after zero hour on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. Photograph Art Archive/Imperial War Museum

Addison Arthur Lieutenant Colonel (49) Originally from Dublin, Addison was one of the most senior officers to be killed on the first day of the Bat(...)

Billy McFadzean: a 20-year-old rifleman who was among the 2,000 men of the 36th (Ulster) Division to die on the first day

There is no more famous Ulster casualty on the first day of the Somme than Billy McFadzean, a 20-year-old rifleman who was among the 2,000 men of the (...)

German prisoners help to carry British wounded back to their trenches after an attack by the 14th (Irish) Corps on Bavarian units holding Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme.

We are commemorating the centenary of two deeply interrelated episodes in Irish history: two events that unfolded in the same wider context of a Europ(...)

Minister for Culture Heather Heather Humphreys lays a wreath at the monument to the 16th (Irish) Division outside the church at Guillemont

The poppies are all out in the Somme. Nature’s own commemoration, they are everywhere this time of year on roadsides, roundabouts and in the fields. T(...)

Members of the cast: The Abbey Theatre performs iconic Frank McGuinness play at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval (Northern France) as part of the official centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme is on tour in Northern Ireland in July before arriving at the Abbey Theatre in August.

In the 30 years since he wrote Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Frank McGuinness’s play has become a classic of 20th century Iri(...)

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