French president Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath at the statue of  Charles de Gaulle at Carlton Gardens in central London on Thursday, marking the 80th anniversary of de Gaulle’s appeal to French people to resist the Nazi occupation. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

At General Charles de Gaulle’s second World War headquarters in London on Thursday, president Emmanuel Macron compared de Gaulle to Britain’s wartime (...)

Dame Vera Lynn in 2003, with a photograph of her during the second World War. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Vera Lynn (Vera Margaret Welch) Born: March 20th, 1917 Died: June 18th, 2020 At the start of the second World War, Vera Lynn, who has died aged 103, (...)

General Lucas with his wife Joan aka Poppy: The IRA captured the general  while he and two other British army officers were fishing on the river Blackwater in Co Cork.

It is the War of Independence story like no other. The British general captured by the IRA during a day’s fishing on Blackwater, who later became frie(...)

Ex-Mayor Pete Buttigieg sent a nice letter, regretting his inability to attend and praising Joyce as “the great epicist of the everyday”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

I spent most of Tuesday worrying about a transatlantic Bloomsday talk I had to give later, via Zoom.  It was for the Irish American Bar Associati(...)

Nascar driver Bubba Wallace’s car sporting a Black Lives Matter logo at a race in Martinsville, Virginia last Wednesday.   Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

England were meant to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. The showdown with Croatia will have to wait for next year’s re(...)

 A protective barrier is seen around the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in anticipation of protests in London. Photograph:  Peter Summers/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has described as “absurd and shameful” the boarding up of a statue of Winston Churchill as police in London fear clashes on Saturday bet(...)

 A worker cleans the Churchill statue in London’s Parliament Square, which had been spray-painted with the words “was a racist”. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

All statues in London will be examined with a view to removing those with links to slavery and plantation owners, mayor Sadiq Khan has said. The Lond(...)

Home secretary Priti Patel gives a statement to the House of Commons, on Monday, on the public disorder at the Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. Photograph: Stringer/PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel has warned that “justice will follow” anyone involved in violent incidents on the fringes of anti-racism protests(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: Some claim she would be better at standing up to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael than Eamon Ryan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

A move to challenge Eamon Ryan as Green leader is under way among a cohort within the party, with deputy leader Catherine Martin being urged to stand (...)

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