WHILE at the National Archives previewing the State papers, which were officially released yesterday, I happened to be sitting beside Prof Ronan Fanning when I came across a letter written to him by the Irish ambassador to the US in 1977.The ambassador was looking for information about secret Irish cooperation with US intelligence during World War II.
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When you've got it, why not spend it? Brad Pitt has bought a World War II Spitfire fighter plane for £2m (€2.4m).
Amanda Bynes has been released from rehab.
Three men in their 30s and 40s were being questioned last night about a horrific sex attack on two little girls attending a birthday party.
Frankie Dolan is facing a lengthy ban after an alleged assault on the fourth official after last month's Connacht Club final.
ESB and Irish Water staff who strike could be fined or jailed if their industrial action leads to supplies being cut off.
A major medical review is under way over claims more than 20 women suffered alleged "severe post-operative complications" after being treated by a leading private sector consultant.
Matthew Wright has claimed 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!' is a "fix".
A former air hostess infatuated with her ex-lover has a bold determination to pursue her victim, a judge has said.
The state pathologist has confirmed that the severed arm of a convicted rapist washed up on Dollymount Strand was cut from the body following death.
Nelson Mandela, the pioneering president who helped to end apartheid in South Africa, has died at the age of 95.
The Government's Fiscal Advisory Council has slapped down Labour's suggestion of tax cuts for families and warned there is no scope for such relief until at least 2016.
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Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that 130 high rollers will earn on average €4m each this year.
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Clare hurlers' philosophy of going the extra mile on the pitch is the driving force behind their promise to visit every school in the county within seven weeks.
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Born Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot in 1820, 'Boucicault' — a man destined to become the most electrifying dramatist of the Victorian era — had a whiff of sensation about him from the start.
Three bunches of flowers, two candles, and a brief note from friends — tributes left yesterday outside the home of murder victim Susan Dunne in the heart of rural North Kerry.
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The earliest known settlers in Co Cork were hunter-gatherers who lived near Fermoy more than 10,100 years ago.
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The grandmother of a toddler with Down's syndrome has been waiting a year for a response from the Taoiseach and three government ministers to correspondence about disability cuts referred to them on her behalf by the troika.
Wherefore the halos, oh how they slip so lightly.