Sun, 10 May, 2020
There aren’t too many images in modern history as sad, as forceful a reality check as the 1938 one of British prime minister Neville Chamberlain waving his peace-in-our-time note on an English airfield after talks with Hitler in Munich.
Wed, 17 Jul, 2019
In Eric Bogle’s great anti-war song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ his narrator “lived the free life of the rover From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback I waltzed my Matilda all over” before he was called, like hundreds of Irishmen, to fight at Gallipoli.
Sat, 26 Jan, 2019
One of the more revealing and bizarre images from our struggle to come to terms with our past, to finally be at ease with all its dark challenges, is the picture of a group of protestors at Croke Park when England played there 11 years ago.
Fri, 23 Nov, 2018
Societies’ and individuals’ memories are shaped by a combination of emotions and experiences. Character and perception are influential too. Love, especially deep love between individuals, may be the most powerful, the most enduring of those factors.
Sat, 10 Nov, 2018
"Whilst looking at letters, diaries and books written by cancer patients around the world — which are highly emotional things to read — what comes across from reading them is that these people are in a constant state of hardship and survival, facing huge challenges"
Tue, 06 Nov, 2018
The Department of Education’s decision not have history as a mandatory subject in the Junior Cert still raises concerns that many students may not then study it in the Leaving Cert, and so as citizens may have big gaps in knowledge of our country’s past and its impact on today.
Fri, 14 Sep, 2018
Some descendants of those who served with the US Navy based in Cork during the First World War gathered in Cobh yesterday, along with a number of American military personnel, to commemorate the centenary of their arrival there on May 4, 1917.
Fri, 05 May, 2017
I was intrigued by Ruth Dudley Edwards statement during the the Prime Time debate on RTÉ 1 on Wednesday, 23rd March, when she said that she was proud of the 240,000 Irishmen who had fought in WWI saying that they saved us from terrible consequences that would have ensued if Germany had won the Great War.
Mon, 28 Mar, 2016
With more than 30 superhero movies in production, Declan Burke looks at the rise of the genre. Where once the cowboy saved us in the Western, now we turn to Batman or The Avengers to take on the bad guys. They are figures of hope - and a welcome distraction.
Sat, 11 Jul, 2015