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British troops laying down a baragh. For six days and nights the bombardment continued. Photograph: The Art Archive/ Imperial War Museum

In the days leading up to the Somme offence in northern France, Gen Sir Henry Rawlinson issued a blithe communique to his corps commanders. The Britis(...)

An Post marks Somme centenary

I first began recording the Irish first World War dead in 2006, in the beautiful village of Holycross, Co Tipperary, where I live. It was soon obvious(...)

Ireland’s Presbyterian Moderator Rev Dr Frank Sellar.

Ireland’s four main Church leaders and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will join President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, Britain’s (...)

Contemporary landscapes of the Battle of the Somme comemorating 100 years, from exhibition titled ‘Missing’. Photographs Aidan Crawley

Each year in the planting season, the fields offer relics. Earth is turned and the past is dislodged. A boot half eaten by time, a bayonet rusted and (...)

French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault and Irish Times journalist Ronan McGreevy at the launch of “Wherever the Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This week 100 years ago, Irish soldiers were among thousands preparing for the onset of the Battle of the Somme. On the first day, about 3,000 Irish(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal and vice chancellor of University of Edinburgh. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Individualism has been “one of the great intellectual pitfalls of our times”, President Michael D Higgins said yesterday, the second day of his offici(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  “The younger generation will be cut off and disadvantaged as a result of how the older generation has voted.’’ Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has expressed “grief, shock and disbelief’’ at the referendum result. “The younger generation will be cut off and disa(...)

Jack Hynes: “If things change dramatically for the UK, then they will change dramatically for me.”

Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Dan Mulhall went to the Sandhurst military college in Surrey on Saturday to lay a wreath to remember the Ir(...)

Next week, the centenary of the of the Battle of the Somme will be remembered in churches and cathedrals throughout the Church of Ireland. In St Mar(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Richard Clarke said “it will be far more than a purely physical journey”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

The Catholic and Church of Ireland primates will lead a special centenary pilgrimage to significant Battle of the Somme sites this week. Beginning (...)

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