Tom Crean

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Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

 New Zealand middle-distance runner Angie Petty training in isolation on a treadmill in her garage  in Christchurch. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Most athletes are well used to killing time in the holding zone. Only this one feels like it’s never-ending: nearly three months in already, now sudde(...)

Damian Browne completing his solo Atlantic row.

Damian Browne still cannot swim. Rowed the Atlantic on his lonesome, keeps time with Olympians, did a 251km ultra-marathon across the Sahara and the b(...)

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with the chair of the Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee, Jim Wilson, at the unveiling of a monument to Bransfield in his  home village of Ballinacurra in East Cork. Photograph: Barry Roche

Edward Bransfield, the pioneering Irish polar explorer and the first person to officially record discovering Antarctica, has been honoured with the un(...)

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has found out late in the day that disentangling the memory of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) (...)

Members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition  1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton, drink a toast to ‘sweethearts and wives’ on board the Endurance. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

So far, this winter has been colder than the last. Christmas scarves, hats and gloves have already been put to good use. The return to school means th(...)

Joe O’Farrell (left) of the Shackleton Museum Athy and Sven Habermann of Conservation Letterfrack peer into the cabin in which the explorer died in the Antartic on January 5th, 1922. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sven Habermann has taken delivery of many fine and fragile objects at his north Connemara workshop, and they come in all shapes, sizes, ages and condi(...)

Jeff Dunne is starting his second  season working on a New Zealand research base in Antarctica this month

Jeff Dunne from Bray, Co Wicklow is a base camp manager and medic at a New Zealand research base in Antarctica. He is currently preparing to lead (...)

The Boeing 737MAX with the Tom Crean tailfin took off from Belfast at the weekend, bound for Stewart International Airport in New York.

Explorer Tom Crean became the first Irishman to feature on a Norwegian Air tailfin when the airline’s new Boeing 737MAX took off from Belfast at the w(...)

A section of the walkers reach the summit of Mount Brandon

Like many other walkers, I like to take advantage of the long daylight hours of summer to take a tilt at a good long ridge walk. This year I decided t(...)

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