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A new memorial to the Irish who fought at Passchendaele and to the Jesuit priest and army chaplain Fr Willie Doyle SJ has been unveiled. UK ambassado(...)

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele being unveiled near the village of Zonnebeke outside Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Daphne Vangheluwe

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele has been unveiled on the spot in Belgium where hundreds were killed in 1(...)

A plaque in honour of Paddy Harte and Glen Barr, the founders of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, will be unveiled to mark the centenary (...)

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(...)

Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

Every spring farmers in the Ypres salient dig up thousands of unexploded shells and leave them by the side of the road for the Belgian army to collect. These German shells have been found near the old British trenches five kilometres south-east of Ypres.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A hundred years after the start of the first World War, the ground where bloody battles were fought continues to yield up dead(...)

King Albert II (right) of Belgium, watched by his son Crown Prince Philippe (left), wipes his eyes after signing an act of abdication during a ceremony at the Royal Palace on Belgian National Day in Brussels. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Belgium has a new king after Philippe succeeded his father, Albert, following the monarch’s abdication. Earlier today, 79-year-old Albert, Belgium’s s(...)