British Navy

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Northwest Passage, a painting by W Thomas Smith. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The towns of Banbridge, Dundalk and Wexford are the birthplaces of three of the legendary figures in the history of Arctic exploration – Francis Crozi(...)

 Sir Thomas Wyse. Photograph: Waterford Museum of Treasures.

On Christmas Eve 1796 a vast French fleet, the Expédition d’Irlande, lay off the Munster coastline awaiting a break in the winter blizzards. Their pla(...)

The ruins of homes is seen on September 6th, 2019 in Elbow Key Island, Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian hit the island chain as a category 5 storm battering them for two days before moving north. Photograph: Jose Jimenez/Getty

As Erica Roberts clung to a tall mango tree, the winds and sea water churned up by Hurricane Dorian pounding her face, a single thought ran through he(...)

Lot 480: Vivien Greene’s Belgravia townhouse interior from 1850, €6,000 - €8,000

The forthcoming Chatsworth summer sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny by Fonsie Mealy on July 23rd will offer a number of interesting lots. These include(...)

Capt Sinéad Reen, of the National Maritime College of Ireland,  was the first Irish woman to qualify as a master mariner. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Not so long ago, a British navy captain received an extraordinary reaction to a video he posted on Twitter in response to a jibe about “women drivers”(...)

In the 1980s, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis and Simon Groom presented Blue Peter. Image: BBC

Here’s something to consider. If you had been born in the year that Blue Peter began, in 1958, you would currently be considering your retirement opti(...)

Conor McGregor  during a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM  in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has changed a lot in its 25 years of existence, but one thing remains true – styles make fights, and Conor McGregor(...)

The Butter Market Exchange in Cork, with the Firkin Crane premises on left, circa 1900. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Lawrence Collection

Long before and after the Famine, butter was a key ingredient in the economic life of Munster. Under the shadow of the iconic steeple of St Anne’s Chu(...)

Josie Colí Óg Ó Cualáin  and Padraig Willie Ó Fatharta prepare the plaque for fitting at the new memorial at Lochán Beag, Indreabhán, in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When several south Connemara fishermen spotted a “strange object” floating in Galway Bay almost a century ago, they were sure it would bring them som(...)

Norwegian Air  will begin flying to the US east coast from Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon.

Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean will feature on the tailfin of Norwegian Air International aircraft flying transatlantic routes from the Republic t(...)

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