Public voice: Paula Meehan in 2015. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Although Paula Meehan was born in 1955 and grew up in the new working-class Dublin suburb of Finglas, she is one of the last artists with roots in the(...)

Irish Volunteers and one Irish Citizen Army member inside the GPO 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives, Cathal Brugha barracks

Tuesday, April 25th, 1916 Government forces arrive in the city by train overnight from Belfast and the Curragh. Machine-gun  fire  (...)

Mount Street Bridge, where one of the bloodiest  fights of the Easter 1916 Rising took place.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Wednesday, April 26th, 1916 At 8am, the shelling of an empty Liberty Hall begins.  Rebels  holding  out  in  the &nb(...)

Jacob’s Biscuit factory, Dublin at the time of the Easter Rising 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Easter Monday, April 24th The rebels turn out in reduced numbers in Dublin and begin operations at noon, seizing the  General Post Offic(...)

A cross which marks the place where James Connolly was executed, sitting in a chair, in the stonebreakers yard in Kilmainham Gaol yesterday. The other thirteen leaders of the rising were shot against the opposite wall. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arrests begin, and many without rebel connections are held. Details of outrages are made public, including the murder of Francis Sheehy Skeffin(...)

Soldiers inspect the interior of Dublin's General Post Office, viewing the complete destruction of the building after being shelled by the British during the Easter Rising 1916.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday, April 29th, 1916 At noon, Pearse decides on ceasefire. At 12.45pm, nurse Elizabeth OFarrell walks with a white flag towards British(...)

Martin Maloinowsk is among the familes facing notice to quit their homes in Tyrrelstown. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/PA

One of the easiest things to remember when you study Irish history is the programme of the Tenant Right League, established in 1850. It campaigned fo(...)

Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed a(...)

Sigmund Freud had a name for the psychological mechanism that brings together visceral hatred and deep similarity. He called it “the narcissism of minor difference”. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Frank O’Connor, who died 50 years ago this month, fought on the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War and his first stories were about that experience. On(...)

It would not be as dramatic as another Rising, but it would make those words on the tattered green flag - Irish Republic - more than a broken dream.

In all probability, we are facing the political equivalent of one of those Depression-era dance marathons. The choreography will be more Lanigan’s Bal(...)