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Throughout the summer, a new exhibition at Christ Church brings forgotten cathedral artefacts to light. In the daily life of the cathedral, the hist(...)

The HMS ‘Queen Mary’ explodes during the Battle of Jutland. Arthur Kidney from Barryroe died when the ship went down. Image: Ohne Angabe/Wikimedia Commons

One hundred years on, two west Cork communities has marked one of its darkest days when six men from the area perished in the Battle of Jutland. Six (...)

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said those who wish to see a united Ireland should be “open, imaginative and accommodating” in their approach to bringing it about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Achieving a united Ireland could involve “transitional arrangements” short of unity that could include continued devolved government in Northern Irela(...)

In June 1916, two divisions, the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) had taken their place along the Western Front in France for a major summer offence.

Football fans are often referred to as travelling armies. This summer tens of thousands of fans from both parts of Ireland will journey to France for (...)

 The HMS ‘Caroline’ is the last remaining vessel from the 1916 Battle of Jutland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

HMS Caroline was very fortunate to survive the Battle of Jutland. Five hours into the largest naval battle in history to that date – which took place(...)

The Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group is holding an evening of presentations and an opportunity for discussion to mark the centen(...)

Painting by Otto Dix, ‘War Cripples,’ at a Nazi exhibition of Degenerate Art at the Munich Hofgarten, July 1937. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The German artist Otto Dix went to war, willingly. Unlike many who fought, he had no misgivings, not initially. Not for several years in fact. Patriot(...)

Soldiers in a trench outside a dugout at Verdun in November 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

On a train journey across north-eastern France during the first week of August 1926, Joseph Probst, a German Catholic peace activist from the Baden re(...)

Troops of the Tyneside Irish Brigade on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. photograph: the art archive/ imperial war museum  Troops of the Tyneside Irish Brigade on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. Photograph: The Art Archive/Imperial War Museum

The Somme battlefield is bisected by the old Roman road between Albert and Bapaume. In 1916, Albert, an attractive cathedral town, was behind the Brit(...)

Field Marshal General Douglas Haig: never more exposed were ruling classes and their socially remote, myopic, incompetent generals, exemplified by Haig. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The machine gun is a much over-rated weapon. – Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1915, British commander-in-chief during the battle of the Somme The nat(...)

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