Irish Army

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The cabinet in 1986: In the front row are the taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, with the president, Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The Defence Forces drafted plans to invade Northern Ireland in 1986 in the event of the Anglo-Irish Agreement failing and the British pulling out, new(...)

Orange Order protest rally in March 1986 against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Having lain undisturbed in the Military Archives for the last three decades, the Defence Forces’ plans for a possible invasion of Northern Ireland off(...)

The ShannonWatch group, which monitors activity at Shannon international airport, said it recorded more than two planes every day in 2016 owned by or operated on behalf of the US Air Force, Marines or Navy. File photograph: Getty Images

At least 730 US military flights came through Shannon Airport last year, anti-war campaigners have claimed. The ShannonWatch group, which monitors a(...)

Paul Smithwick’s award was marked by an event held in the Smithwick brewery visitor centre, Kilkenny, which was attended by the British ambassador

Paul Smithwick, a member of the famous Kilkenny brewing family, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s honours list.(...)

The town of Cobh, seen from Spike Island, Co Cork

“Upon no other island on the Irish Coast have so many eyes rested or so few persons voluntarily set foot.” Thus wrote James Coleman in his book The S(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Belfast during Remembrance Sunday commemorations. Photograph: Bill Smyth

Frances Fitzgerald has spoken of the importance of taking part in a Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Belfast. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justic(...)

‘My fondest memory is my first runway experience, seeing something I had created on the runway, and seeing it up on Vogue afterward and featured in magazines. It was such a fantastic feeling. I just knew then I wanted to do this forever.’

Helping some of the world’s top fashion designers to bring their visions to life is just part of her job for pattern-maker Ina Marie Igoe. Born and r(...)

John Hoey at his Annacroft livestock farm outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.  Photograph: Pat Byrne

A Co Monaghan pub owner and farmer who had cattle shot dead in July by an Army marksman was fined by a judge at Carrickmacross District Court on Wedne(...)

 Siege of Jadotville  veterans Michael Tighe (left) and Tom Cunningham  arriving at the film premiere at the Savoy cinema in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fifty-five years after an Irish Army company was besieged and ultimately captured by rebel forces in Congo, and two days after the veterans of that e(...)

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photograph: Irish embassy in Paris

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. V(...)

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