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 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The death of a Defence Forces corporal serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon prompted the government to consider withdrawing f(...)

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years(...)

Ships at anchor in Cork. Image courtesy of the Anthony Barry Photographic Archive

To give the late Anthony Barry his due, he always warned the family when he wanted to use the bathroom. “There were red lights everywhere, and then th(...)

Street scene of Patrick Street,  Cork, showing No. 68 K & M O’Connell and Thompsons Cafe, including a ‘shawlie’, taken in the 1960s. Photograph: Anthony Barry

The Barry family, who own Barry’s Tea, has donated an archive of more than 5,000 photographs of Cork from the last century to the Cork City and County(...)

Diarmuid O'Sullivan and Donal Og Cusack in 2006. Photograph: Inpho

A lot of the time, people focus on the wrong thing when they’re assessing a team’s chances. Take Cork this Sunday against Tipperary. All the talk arou(...)

Before becoming Racing 92 skills coach Ronan O’Gara won 128 caps for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former rugby player Ronan O’Gara says he is “very humbled and honoured” by the decision of Cork City Council to award him the Freedom of Cork. Mr O’(...)

 Minister for foreign affairs  Peter Barry:  said there was every possibility the launches could be used in the war effort. Photograph: Jack McManus

A proposal that the government should support the production of high-speed launches in Ireland for the Iranian navy in 1986 was given cautious encour(...)

A fatal victim of the Air India crash arrives is removed from Cork Airport on a stretcher.

A request by relatives of the Air India disaster victims for a naval vessel to take them to the crash site on the first anniversary of the tragedy was(...)

Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Margaret Thatcher was complicated about Ireland. This was scarcely surprising. So many of her associations with Ireland had been negative: her falling(...)

Dunnes Stores strikers picket outside the store on Henry Street Dublin. The strike began in 1984 and lasted almost three years. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A register of sports people and entertainers who travelled to South Africa, published in 1986 by the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, included(...)

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