The faded headstone to constable James McDonnell of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who was killed during the Soloheadbeg ambush, states that he died in the line of duty. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The two victims of the Soloheadbeg ambush of January 21st, 1919 were constables James McDonnell and Patrick O’Connell of the Royal Irish Constabulary.(...)

January 18th: The Paris Peace Conference opens. The tone is set early. French president Raymond Poincare declares: “You are assembled to repair the ev(...)

Solohead village outside Tipperary town.

In January 1950 a memorial was unveiled to those who carried out the Soloheadbeg ambush. It is situated in Solohead village outside Tipperary town sur(...)

Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary: More than a thousand people gathered at the gentle slope in front of Solohead Church on Sunday to commemorate an ambush carried out there exactly 100 years before. Photograph: John D Kelly

The people of the Co Tipperary townland of Solohead gathered on Sunday to remember momentous events which occurred there 100 years ago which would eve(...)

Historian and former government minister Martin Mansergh will unveil a new message board at the Soloheadbeg monument. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 2005 Vincent McGrath made international headlines when he was jailed along with four others over the Shell to See controversy. Together they becam(...)

Two RIC constables were shot dead as they escorted gelignite to a Tipperary quarry in 1919

One hundred years ago, on Monday January 21st, 1919  the first shots in Ireland's War of Independence were fired when two policemen were kille(...)

Historian and former government minister Dr Martin Mansergh will unveil a new information board about the Soloheadbeg ambush later this month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Soloheadbeg ambush centenary say the decision of President Michael D Higgins not to attend is a “missed opportunity”. The Solo(...)

A plaque marking the site of the Soloheadbeg ambush in Co Tipperary. The incident on January 21st, 1919, involved the first shots fired in the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Áras an Uachtaráin has declined to say why President Michael D Higgins turned down an invitation to attend an event in Co Tipperary later in January c(...)

The advisory group to the Government is silent on whether or not there should be a commemoration for the Crown forces killed in the War of Independence.

Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries has reached its midpoint with the end of the centenary of the first World War and the 1918 British general election. T(...)

Images of Dan Breen from a police notice offering a £1,000 reward for the capture of the Soloheadbeg ambush organiser, “wanted for murder in Ireland” and described as having a “sulky bulldog appearance”.

There has been something of a lull in the decade of centenaries since 2016 but that tranquillity is likely to be disturbed in coming months. Novembe(...)

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