Victorious: WT Cosgrave at College Green after his election as president of the executive council of the Free State in 1923. Photograph: Hulton Getty .

‘An extraordinary ordinary man” is how the former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave describes his father, WT Cosgrave, who led the Republic through its formativ(...)

In 1909 the veteran Fenian Tom Clarke, later to be executed for his part in the 1916 Rising, praised in one of his letters “a splendid set of young fe(...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

Ministrer for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State Simon Harris , examining the armoured car which transported the wounded Michael Collins from Béal na Bláth at the annual Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith Commemoration, at Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Defence Forces took part today for the first time in many years at the 92nd annual commemoration in Dublin’s Glassnevin cemetery to honour founde(...)

‘In view of their centenary pretensions to the lord mayoralty of Dublin , perhaps Sinn Féin needs reminding it played no part at all in the 1916 Risin(...)

In the days following Easter Week 1916, barrister William Wylie helped to prosecute 160 rebels for their role in the insurrection. One, however, wa(...)

 Micheál Martin laying a  wreath at the Fianna Fáil Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fianna Fáil leader has criticised the Irish and British governments for failing to use the close relations between the two co(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of taking “a highly partisan” approach to Ireland’s past. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of taking “a highly partisan” approach to Ireland’s past. “It has embraced a(...)

Professor John A Murphy said he had always been intrigued by the paradox of the growth of Irish nationalism through the spread of the English language. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Ireland owes its freedom to the spread of the English language which allowed for the spread of Irish nationalist ideals by writers such as Thom(...)

Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz being arrested in 1916. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

Commemoration works best when it thinks afresh rather than reproducing established memories and narratives. This year’s recollections of the 1913 Dubl(...)