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Like the doctors who put General Francisco Franco through needless torment for weeks before his death in November 1975, Theresa May’s ministers will s(...)

Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917). He served as a lance-corporal on the Flanders front with the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A handwritten version of Francis Ledwidge’s most famous poem, A Lament for Thomas MacDonagh, is going on sale at auction in London later this month. (...)

David McGrane in James Fox cigar store on Grafton Street in  Dublin.

When David McGrane retires today as managing director of James Fox cigars on Grafton Street, it will bring a close to the “summer job” which he applie(...)

Ledwidge was killed by a shell on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele while serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge has been described as a “critically important figure in the debates about cultural identity in Ireland”. Speaki(...)

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Taoiseach Enda Kenny lay wreaths during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemoration in Messines, Belgium, on June 7th, 2017. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

It seemed like the tall trees on the sunny windswept hillside at Messines were bending attentively to hear the music. The musicians too played valiant(...)

When the Boats Come In by Walter Frederick Osborne, estimated at £100,000- £150,000, on sale at auction at Bonhams,  London, on Wednesday, March 1st

Auction Results: Tuesday, February 21st: John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Auction of jewellery & silver. A Tiffany diamo(...)

The Edwardian garnet and diamond dress studs and cufflinks in a fitted case which will be auctioned at O’Reilly’s Auction Rooms

AUCTION RESULTS: Sunday (February 12th) Matthews Auction Rooms, house contents clearance at Beauparc Lodge, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Lot 433, “an Afr(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)

Desolation: part of Zonnebeke, painted in 1918 by William Orpen. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Ireland, poetry and the first World War is a story of contradictions, of contrasts and, a century later, of reconciliation. It should not pass us b(...)

Irish writer  Francis Ledwidge, pictured around 1915. An event will take place in Brussels today to commemorate both  Ledwidge and Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. The two poets never met, but they were both killed during the first World War on July 31st, 1917. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Heads of state from across the world, including President Michael D Higgins, gather in the Belgian town of Liège this Monday to mark the centenary (...)

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