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Minister Heather Humphreys with a German helmet now part of an exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetary, in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thick black storm clouds gathered and the heavens opened yesterday afternoon just ahead of the Last Post being sounded at the Armistice Day commemo(...)

British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. An Italian translation of Frank McGuinness’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” was performed last week in Florence. Photograph: Lieut E Brooks/Imperial War Museum via Getty Images

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was at the centre of a remarkable cultural and intellectual collaboration la(...)

 British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/ IWM via Getty Images

A unique first World War culture flourishes in Northern Ireland. A tour of the working-class streets in loyalist parts of Belfast will offer the vi(...)

Col Eugene Ryan, Haig’s personal physician, who’s memoir, Haig’s Medical Officer, gives a fascinating account of the war and an intimate portrayal of Haig

Few historical figures were so revered in life yet vilified after their death than Douglas Haig, the commander-in-chief of the British Army during the(...)

 The restored Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, Dublin. Photographs: Richard Johnston

I’ve never fully understood why the Irish National War Memorial Gardens aren’t better known. Perhaps it’s a simple case of both geography and topograp(...)

Sir Trevor McDonald:  “Especially as this city has known the privilege of welcoming our commonwealth brothers and sisters to the Games just past, it is right that we pause now to remember their contribution.”

For the Rev Laurence Whitley, there were no answers, only questions, as he stood in Glasgow Cathedral to begin the UK’s commemoration of the outbreak(...)

Composite photograph of the six Collins brothers who fought in the first World War: Stephen (died), Joseph Christopher (missing, injured), John (died), Michael (died), Paddy (died), William (survived).

I’ve never watched Saving Private Ryan. An aversion to violence, bloodshed and the sad inevitability of war films means I haven’t seen the epic 27-(...)

British ambassador Dominick Chilcott at the launch of The Irish Country house and The Great War in The National Library. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish and British governments have been as “good as their word” in ensuring the decade of commemorations is marked in a “spirit of historical acc(...)

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

Maurice Deas, from Gaulstown in Co Westmeath, killed in action as a member of the 4th Royal Fusiliers, was the first allied soldier awarded the Victoria Cross.

Last Thursday evening, the Irish community of Kraainem in Brussels gathered for an evening of poetry, readings and film to mark the centenary of th(...)

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