French president Charles de Gaulle (centre)  in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (modern-day Republic of the Congo) in 1958.

France’s Fifth Republic was born 60 years ago on Tuesday, when General Charles de Gaulle published a new constitution. It was the beginning of French (...)

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

A few years ago I attended a memorial for a group of Resistance fighters in a small village in southwest France. A large stone Cross of Lorraine showe(...)

Alfie Martin: the 95-year-old second World War hero called on councillors at Belfast City Hall to fulfill the promise of peace the end of the war had brought elsewhere. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Alfie Martin, a 95-year-old second World War hero, caught the current mood at Belfast City Hall yesterday. The war was supposed to be about “peace in(...)

Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, said he accepted the award on the “clear understanding” that it was not for him alone but for the “10s of thousands of Allied servicemen who served on D-Day”. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the last known Irish veterans of D-Day landings has been given France’s highest military honour. Michael d’Alton (93) from Dalkey, Co Dublin, w(...)

German troops marching in Paris after the Nazi occupation of France.

Seventy years after they fought, spied, sabotaged and – in some cases – died for France, 50 Irish men and women who worked for the French Resistance w(...)

The Irish Naval Service is to take delivery of a ‘weaponised naval system’, or ship, named after writer James Joyce (above) next year. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

The Department of Defence has defended the Government’s decision to name two new Naval Service patrol ships after Nobel prize-winning Irish writers, f(...)

The  phantom village of Oradour-sur-Glane, central France, where 642 citizens, including 500 women and children, were killed  on June 10th, 1944. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged in Germany over the second World War massacre of an entire French village in which 642 men, women an(...)