English politician and writer Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933) when chief secretary for Ireland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In October 1914 the writer George Russell (AE) wrote to his friend Charles Weekes, who had asked him why he was scared about Ireland: “I can hardly(...)

By 1915 picture houses in Dublin advertised special films about Chaplin in addition to their usual features and held competitions to find the best Chaplin imitator among audiences.

If John Maynard Keynes had been able to take time off from his treasury job in the autumn of 1915 to write a moment-defining prequel to his famous tre(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

La Misère à Dublin - Le Mirroir . Image Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

On November 23rd, 1913, the Parisian newspaper Le Miroir carried a large photograph of two young boys sleeping on the street in the doorway of a well-(...)

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two ‘giants’ of Irish history were remembered at the 93rd annual commemoration for Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: will lay a wreath during the commemoration ceremony honouring Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. Photograph: Sara Freund

A ceremony commemorating the lives of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith will be held in Glasnevin Cemetery this weekend, with Ministers and members (...)

September 1913: The Irish Times published WB Yeats’s poem, then called Romance in Ireland, on September 8th, 1913; he sent it as a letter about plans to establish a municipal art gallery in Dublin

Before he made his name as a poet WB Yeats was a prolific journalist, contributing to dozens of newspapers, magazines and periodicals on matters of(...)

Some of our family first met MacDonagh when, shortly after the opening of St Enda’s College, in 1908, my sisters Grace and Muriel and myself were brou(...)

Military objective: Richard Mulcahy – here inspecting soldiers in Dublin – argued that permitting official executions would prevent National Army troops from carrying out unofficial killings. Photograph: Walshe/Topical/Getty

In the aftermath of the sudden death of Arthur Griffith and the killing of Michael Collins, in August 1922, William T Cosgrave became chairman of t(...)

Residents of Bucharest protect themselves from  crossfire between an army tank and pro-Ceausescu troops during clashes in the Republican square in Bucharest on December 23rd, 1989. Photograph: Reuters

1916 Rising detainees return Hundreds of Irish prisoners, including Seán T O’Kelly and Arthur Griffith, arrived in Dublin on Christmas Day following t(...)