Tom Burnell

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 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has said it is constitutionally bound to hold the Presidential inauguration on the centenary of the Armistice. On Tuesday, Minister f(...)

Putting the finishing touches to the war memorial in Kilkenny ahead of its unveiling on Sunday. Photograph: James Burke

The Great War was rumbling well into its fourth year when young Thomas (Tommy) Woodgate from Mill Street in Callan, Co Kilkenny, joined the Royal Flyi(...)

Private George Edwin Ellison was the last recorded British fatality of the war.  He was 40, from Leeds, and left a widow and a four-year-old son.

At 5 am on November 11th, 1918, in a railway carriage at the forest of Compiègne outside Paris, an armistice was signed between the Allied forces and (...)

RC Sherriff: survived the war and wrote ‘Journey’s End’ in 1928

In the early spring of 1918, British soldiers on the Western Front waited anxiously and with mounting trepidation for the German assault they knew was(...)

An Irish fatality of the war has emerged who was most likely 14 and no more than 15. Pte Edward Francis Hawe from Mullinhane, Co Tipperary, died on September 20th, 1916.

Among the rows of war dead at Poelcapelle military cemetery in Flanders, there is one grave which is usually a riot of colour set against the neat whi(...)

Re-enactors dressed in British first World War uniforms stage  a parade in Kilkenny city to remember the county’s war dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

It is wrong for the Government to rely on the “hopelessly inaccurate” Irish National War Memorial Records (INWMR) to determine how many Irish died in(...)

Soldiers wait in the trenches on the Western Front during the first World War as they prepare to make their way “over the top” to face the enemy. Photograph: Reuters

How many Irishmen died in the first World War? A century to the day from when Britain, and by extension Ireland, declared war on Germany, we still do(...)