A plaque commemorating the 1916 leaders who were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

Those of us in the commemoration business, be it in respect of the Rising or of the broader decade of revolution that was 1912-22, don’t even attempt (...)

On March 8th, 1916, four boys are convicted of stealing sums of money from the Catholic Truth Society’s box in the porch of St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: PJ Browne

March 8th, 1916 In the Southern Division of the Dublin Police Courts, Mark McDonagh, aged 28, a farmer’s son of Ballyquirk, Moycullen, Co Galway, i(...)

 WB Yeats: a new production of his play Cathleen ni Houlihan opened in the Abbey Theatre on this day in 1916. Photograph: Getty Images

March 7th, 1916 “The Post Office gives notice that owing to the enormous number of packets containing shamrock to be dealt with before 17th March i(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has indicated he would move to curb media freedom if elected. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/EPA

‘Under the provisions of the Libel Act of 2017,” the New Yorker suggests helpfully, “President Trump’s name can be used in the following sentences”: (...)

Awaiting reconstruction: ruins of the GPO in May 1916.  Photograph:  Thomas Johnson Westropp

March 2nd, 1916 Letters to Editor, ‘The Irish Times’ Sir – I think it is about time that the citizens should protest against the utter disregard (...)

John Redmond: inaugurated a fund to enable 14 Irish Benedictine nuns, who had to flee from Ypres, to re-establish themselves in Ireland.

March 1st, 1916 The French official review reports the sinking of the transport ship, the Provence II, in the Mediterranean. She had about 1,800 men a(...)

Celebrating  election victory, Paul Murphy (right),  Socialist Party/AAA-PBP, said he was not convinced  SF leadership was committed to building a “left” that does not prop up right-wing parties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The apparent consensus in the “commentariat” that the general election has “finally” realigned Irish politics to the classic European left-right model(...)

Thomas Kent: charges dismissed at Cork Police Court

February 29th, 1916 Recruiting meeting in Galway for Connaught Rangers: About 60 “Sinn Féin Volunteers” arrived and tried to force way through . On(...)

Fine Gael won a 10 per cent seat bonus at the last general election – in other words ten per cent more seats than their vote warranted in percentage terms. Photograph: PA

We were discussing a particularly obnoxious candidate. Call him “Murphy”. My wife assured us that her’s was the best approach – she would use her us(...)

Irish Volunteers drilling. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives/Cathal Brugha Barracks/militaryarchives.ie

February 24th, 1916 Dublin Metropolitan Police notes on surveillance of subversives: “Alderman Thomas Kelly, T S Cuffe, Gerald Crofts and Henry Dix(...)