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`The Chief’, 1919. Eamon de Valera wearing a native American ceremonial head-dress.  Photograph: taken from Judging Dev, by Diarmaid Ferriter, published by Royal Irish Academy

How might we best understand – and commemorate – the revolution that occurred in Ireland a century ago? Was it largely determined by events on the isl(...)

Ronan McGreevy with the  wartime biscuits reproduced by DIT’s bakery department for a history exhibition.

The Jacob’s biscuit factory in Dublin was one of the biggest private employers in the country during the first World War. Some 3,000 workers were empl(...)

The coffin of late former chancellor Helmut Kohl during military honors after a Mass at the cathedral in Speyer. Photograph: Amelie Querfurth/AFP/Getty Images

Germany bid farewell on Saturday to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who steered his country toward reunification in 1990 and whose tireless efforts(...)

Lismore, Co Waterford: Situated close to the river Blackwater, Lismore is a charming and historical town with a wealth of heritage to discover

A round practically every corner in Ireland’s Ancient East you can discover fascinating echoes of the past. This region holds some of the world’s fin(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  “The younger generation will be cut off and disadvantaged as a result of how the older generation has voted.’’ Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has expressed “grief, shock and disbelief’’ at the referendum result. “The younger generation will be cut off and disa(...)

French president Francois Hollande holds an umbrella as he walks beside German chancellor Angela Merkel at a German cemetery in Consenvoye, northeastern France. Photograph: Jean Christophe Verhaegen/AP

France’s president and Germany’s chancellor want their countries’ improbable friendship to be a source of hope for today’s fractured Europe as they co(...)

Painting by Otto Dix, ‘War Cripples,’ at a Nazi exhibition of Degenerate Art at the Munich Hofgarten, July 1937. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The German artist Otto Dix went to war, willingly. Unlike many who fought, he had no misgivings, not initially. Not for several years in fact. Patriot(...)

Soldiers in a trench outside a dugout at Verdun in November 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On a train journey across north-eastern France during the first week of August 1926, Joseph Probst, a German Catholic peace activist from the Baden re(...)

Field Marshal General Douglas Haig: never more exposed were ruling classes and their socially remote, myopic, incompetent generals, exemplified by Haig. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The machine gun is a much over-rated weapon. – Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1915, British commander-in-chief during the battle of the Somme The nat(...)

Roger Casement: had unsuccessfully attempted to raise an Irish Brigade in 1915.

March 11th, 1916 The fate of the Irish prisoners at Limburg was exercising the attentions of the central advisory committee of the Royal Dublin Fusili(...)

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