The GPO after 1916. If in the event of Patrick Pearse’s inner IRB circle of the Irish Volunteers had a simple contingency plan for their Dublin rising, it could have been much more effective.   Photograph: Thomas Johnson Westropp

The Easter Rising is often viewed as a “glorious sacrifice” led by brave men with little military experience. What if they had had some? There are nu(...)

Roll out the cookie dough on a floured counter, and cut into Christmassy shapes. Photograph: Brownes photography

It’s hard to believe that December has come around again. Where does time go to? That’s our mantra in the kitchen as the seasons whizz by. I love th(...)

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith’s pay and severance package has been described as “obscene” by a prominent Iri(...)

Friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden queue outside his home at Sandygrove, Blackrock, Co Louth, on Wednesday to pay their respects to his family. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Flags flew at half-mast in the seaside village of Blackrock and, outside the front door of Garda Tony Golden’s home on the Sandygrove estate, a lone g(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

May 1st, 1916: A barricade made of carts, in Great Brunswick Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Earlier this week, we posted a message on The Irish Times Facebook page asking for you to tell us the stories of relatives who you think may have been(...)

Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee, who launched the Pieta House campaign today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Suicide prevention charity Pieta House has launched a rural suicide intervention campaign which it says is the biggest such initiative ever launche(...)

Elizabeth Brennan, Cathy Henderson and Mary Hunter working on the 1913 Lockout Tapestry. The creative process is a collective experience, with each of the panels created by members of craft,  community and prison groups. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The thing to remember about the 1913 Lockout Tapestry is that it’s not a tapestry. “It’s not a tapestry,” says Helen Jakobsen, a member (...)

Rob Kearney: not thinking about Lions tours or Ireland woes . . . just about Leinster.

Blind panic is a raised eyebrow. Rob Kearney knows Leinster need some repointing and a little bit of reinforcement work on the foundations. But all(...)