With over 2,300 inmates in 1850, Spike Island was by far the largest prison in the United Kingdom as it was then constituted.

Spike Island in Cork has been named as Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2017. The former prison site beat o(...)

A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Defence Forces has opened a new recruitment competition amid concern over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment dri(...)

Soldier Still is at Project Arts Centre Sept 9th to 14th as part of Dublin Fringe Festival

Since ancient times, movement, in the form of close order drill, helped shape a rabble of individuals into a mass military unit. But it can also help (...)

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell plans to run as a candidate for the presidency next year to ensure there is an election. A presidential electio(...)

At one stage the Derry to Dublin bus was the ‘only form of travel, and there was a camaraderie’ among the passengers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The nearest I’ve ever come to the Sam Maguire was a glimpse from the window of the Derry to Dublin bus. I was, like many others, a student travellin(...)

Dublin Fire Brigade Members Mark Hyland, Liam Hyland, new recruit Craig Hyland, Paul Hyland and Cameron Hyland. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The passing out of the 50 recruits from the Dublin Fire Brigade recruit class 1/2017 was a day of evident pride for all the families and none more so (...)

Brendan Rohan, a former Irish army officer, said he frequently flies the flag of his guests and will continue to fly the Union flag as British visitors arrive more frequently. Photograph: iStock

A Donegal hotelier and holiday park owner has said he will continue to fly the Union flag despite online attacks on his business. Brendan Rohan, who(...)

A Spitfire fighter aircraft flying over New Zealand in February 2017. File photograph: Getty Images

What remains of a Spitfire fighter plane which was used to fight in the Battle of Britain has been recovered from a Monaghan meadow. The Spitfire was(...)

“The Security Council is far from perfect. At times it has been wholly ineffective. Syria is only the most recent and glaring example.” Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has been in the news recently. In the past days it has considered how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in(...)

Portobello barracks in Dublin, which was particularly ravaged by an outbreak of VD in the 1920s. File photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

“In my opinion, seven girls out of every 10 in Bray are of ill repute,” according to a Lieut A Murphy of the Irish Army’s Provost Marshall Staff durin(...)