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Historian and broadcaster Peter Barton, who has written several books and made documentaries about the first World War

On the night of December 18th, 1917, four privates of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers left their machine gun post east of the Somme, crossed No Man’s Land (...)

Founder of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force Edward Carson. Photogrpah: by Central Press/Getty Images
The North and 1918

The year 1918 has for long been seen as a critical turning point in the emergence of the Irish revolution. Constitutional nationalism continued its re(...)

German soldiers on the offensive. Photograph: Neurdein/Roger Viollet/Getty

At 4.40am on the morning of March 21st, 1918, three German armies unleashed 6,473 heavy guns and 3,532 trench mortars upon 50 miles of the Western Fro(...)

Nell McCafferty has said she is a reluctant supporter of abortion. File photograph:  Collins

Veteran women’s rights campaigner and journalist Nell McCafferty is a reluctant supporter of abortion, a conference has heard. Ms McCafferty, a found(...)

Detail from Alan Lee’s cover illustration for 'The Fall of Gondolin'. Photograph: HarperCollins

JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, his tale of a beautiful, mysterious city destroyed by dark forces which The Lord of the Rings author called “the f(...)

The magic, mystery and mayhem of the Coppers dance floor will rock the Alps this year in Livigno, Italy.

Island hopping in Croatia Go island-hopping and exploring the rocky coast of Croatia in a deluxe yacht. Just picture yourself island-(...)

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(...)

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996.

This year marks the centenary of the Armistice and also the 20th anniversary of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders. From conception to ope(...)

Fr Willie Doyle: was often to be found beyond the front line comforting those who they faced death or dragging them to safety if they could be saved

“If one of two has to suffer, why shouldn’t you be the one?” Hard words perhaps. But surely our families and our communities would be transformed if e(...)

Micheál Martin: “The period where separation from Britain occurs and the Irish State is established doesn’t belong to any one party or any one tradition.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The commemoration of the War of Independence and Civil War will be difficult, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Martin said looking at t(...)

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