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The Belfast-Dublin express train arrives at Connolly Station, Dublin, in 1987. Photograph: Jack McManus

The regular targeting of the Dublin-Belfast railway line during the Troubles led one Government official to wonder if armed military should be placed (...)

The silver beaker by William Egan and Sons of Cork

Spike Island was named Best Attraction at the International Travel and Tourism Awards 2019 in London this year, where it beat off competition from the(...)

Visitors to the island are taken on a guided tour through its 1,300-year history.

It may well once have been about as attractive a destination as Van Diemen’s Land or the Bastille but the former prison of Spike Island has undergone (...)

Members of the Defence Forces and Government officials have started a “Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation” to repatriate Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith and her young daughter.  File photograph: BBC screengrab

Members of the Defence Forces and Government officials have started a “Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation” to repatriate Islamic State supporter Lisa (...)

Tom Barry, the most famous IRA commander during the War of Independence and the mastermind of the Kilmichael ambush, addresses some of his old comrades at a memorial service in 1966

County Cork Incident Kilmichael ambush Date November 28th, 1920 Fatalities 12 Read full county by county breakdown here Cork was(...)

An Irish soldier and an RUC officer share a joke at the original Irish Border in 1924. Still from Pathé, courtesy of the Irish Film Institute

The original hard Border on the island of Ireland was imposed by the Irish Free State in 1923, and footage of it has now been digitised and put online(...)

Pat Quinlan, left, and Matt Quinlan, third from right

In the summer of 1992 Bernadette Quinlan arrived home on holidays from Switzerland, where she and her husband Gerry were living at the time. The phone(...)

British soldiers patrol the Bogside in Derry, August 1971. File photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty Images

The events of August 1969 had a decisive impact on the course of Irish history. The Battle of the Bogside, the Catholic pogrom in Belfast, the flood o(...)

Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

How the Troubles broke out. February 1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) is founded as a non-sectarian organisation to tackle(...)

Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

To some, Billy McVeigh was the best rioter in Derry. “I would never take that claim,” he emphasises, “but people insist on saying it. “It was becaus(...)

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