Archbishop Eamon Martin at the graves of his predecessors in Armagh: ‘I found myself sharing with them in prayer the sincere hopes that I, and the other church leaders in Ireland, have for the centenary service.’ Photograph: Janet Forbes

Side by side, beneath a large Celtic cross in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Co Armagh, lie the graves of three of my predecessors who played a major role in (...)

Patrick O’Donnell was executed in London on December 17th, 1885, for the murder of James Carey.

A man hanged for the killing of the one of the most notorious informers in 19th century Ireland was a victim of a miscarriage of justice, a new book c(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said for 50 years, Soldier F has been granted anonymity. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has used parliamentary privilege to name Soldier F, who has been accused of two murders on Bloody Sunday in 1972, in the Ho(...)

James Carey: central to the fateful events at the Phoenix Park on May 6th, 1882

In the long poem “At the Polo Ground, 6th May 1882”, Samuel Ferguson has his narrator watching a polo match in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, on that fateful (...)

The ex-paratrooper is accused of the murder of two people and the attempted murder of four people. Photograph: iStock

Committal proceedings against a former soldier charged with murder over Bloody Sunday have begun in Derry. Soldier F is accused of murdering James Wr(...)

SS Stolwijk: Dutch steamship smashed onto rocks off Donegal, precipitating one of the most heroic rescues in Irish maritime history

Recalling the storm that smashed a Dutch steamship onto rocks off Donegal, precipitating one of the most heroic rescues in Irish maritime history, And(...)

The tourist office on Inis Mór, closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The water is choppy on the morning ferry crossing to the Aran Islands and it’s bumpy for early September. Crew members walk the aisles, stopping frequ(...)

An Irish Ferries ship leaving Dublin as seen from Dollymount beach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Subjecting people coming from Britain to the Republic to two-week quarantines, at a time when Boris Johnson’s government has exempted Irish citizens f(...)

People gathering at Poolbeg Lighthouse to watch the newly commissioned Irish Ferries ship WB Yeats arrive into Dublin Port in 2019. ICG has cancelled an order for a second vessel with the German shipyard that built WB Yeats.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Continental Group (ICG), the owner of Irish Ferries, said its passenger numbers have slumped 60 per cent so far this year due to Covid-19 travel(...)

A cartoon depicting a uniformed Irish Volunteer (representing Ireland) being introduced to the Versailles Conference table by Uncle Sam. Other participants at the conference table are represented by stylised figures such as John Bull. Photograph: NLI

Every student of Irish history is taught that the War of Independence began on January 21st, 1919, with the ambush of a party escorting a cartload of(...)

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