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Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson is shown around the Team Tempest facility during a visit to BAE Systems at Warton aerodrome in Preston on Monday. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/AFP via Getty Images

The British army will shrink to 72,500 troops by 2025 as the country’s defence strategy shifts towards cyberwarfare and drones. A command paper publis(...)

Tom Barry: Emboldened by the escape at Crossbarry, Barry decided to target the RIC barracks in his hometown on March 30th, 1921.

One of the many interesting facets of the complicated character of Tom Barry is that his father was a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) policeman. Thoma(...)

Former US Capitol Police chief steven Sund testifies at the Senate committees joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Erin Scott/AFP via Getty Images

Capitol Hill security officials defended their actions on Tuesday as they appeared before a congressional committee investigating the January 6th atta(...)

A memorial at the Upton ambush site mentions the three IRA men who died, but not the civilians who were killed

February 1921 was punctuated by two military disasters for the IRA in Cork. On February 20th at Clonmult, the Cork IRA suffered its biggest reverse of(...)

Tom Barry addressing former IRA colleagues at an annual commemoration of the Kilmichael ambush which took place 100 years ago on November 28th, 1920.

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley became embroiled in controversy over the weekend after posting an “insensitive” tweet about IRA attacks during the War of I(...)

A DFDS ferry on a British Channel route. The Danish shipping line is to operate a new daily service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk that will bypass the UK. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP

British troops famously left through Dunkirk in wartime but the French port is to become a valuable entry point for Ireland into mainland Europe in th(...)

 A Black Lives Matter protest takes a knee at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the seventh day of protests in DC over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

As protests gripped the United States this week, Washington DC found itself at the centre of the demonstrations over George Floyd’s death. The city (...)

Tom Barry: While his IRA activities have been well-covered by historians, relatively little is known about the factors that led him to embark on the road to rebellion.

On November 28th, 1920, a mobile patrol of Auxiliaries was ambushed and destroyed by an IRA flying column led by Tom Barry at Kilmichael, Co Cork. The(...)

Marie Murphy from Donaghmede participates in a protest over conditions related to the closure of Debenhams,  on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has been urged to intervene to save more than 2,000 jobs in Debenhams and associated companies as the retail sector faces the possibili(...)

Take a walk at Coucane Barra, and pass the entrance to St Finbarr’s Oratory and  the serene lake shore

Back in 2001, to protect our agriculture industry during the foot-and-mouth crisis, we were banned from visiting the hills, and Irish countryside gene(...)

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