Mr What’s triumphant homecoming in 1958

The fact that it’s a small world has long been proven. That Ireland is a tiny part of it, where everyone has some connection with everyone else, is we(...)

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

Explosion at the Gulf Oil terminal at Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork, in which 51 people died as the French tanker The Betelgeuse unloaded its cargo. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Michael Kingston had just celebrated his fourth birthday the day before his father, Tim, was killed in the Whiddy Island terminal disaster on January (...)

A frame from the documentary film ‘The Battle of the Somme’. The soldier carrying a wounded comrade through trenches at the Battle of the Somme may have been Charlie Brennan from Finglas.

A minor annoyance of Peter Jackson’s otherwise magnificent war documentary They Shall Not Grow Old was the absence in it (to my ears) of voices from a(...)

The circumstances of the  event illustrate the transformation of the country that Irish soldiers of the Great War had left in 1914

Whether or not Finglas man Charlie Brennan was the soldier in that famous rescue scene from the Battle of the Somme documentary (An Irishman’s Diary, (...)

Brian McGee: ’Debris rained down on Bantry.’ Photograph:  Tony McElhinney

“I had no choice but to write the book because Whiddy would never leave me alone. It’s always been with me, but hopefully now with the book I can clos(...)

The hulk of the Betelgeuse tanker lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island following the disaster. Photograph: Pat Langan

A survivor of the Whiddy Island oil terminal disaster in Bantry Bay, west Cork, yesterday spoke of the impact the tragedy continues to have on him (...)