President Michael D Higgins  opens the the new Military Archives building. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When he died suddenly at the age of 49 in 1999, Comdt Peter Young was the subject of an obituary in The Irish Times. Referring to his role as Army off(...)

Don Wycherley, Ronan Leahy and Gavin Fullam in Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy, in a production by Fishamble in partnership with Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Dan O’Neill

The 1916 Rising was the ultimate street spectacle: a revolution drenched with theatrical symbolism that was ultimately more potent than actual abilit(...)

 Alan Rickman Liam Neeson and  Aidan Quinn in Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins

Today, the 20th anniversary of Neil Jordan’s film Michael Collins is being marked with a special screening as part of the Dublin Film Festival. Jorda(...)

They’re with the band: stars of ‘Eipic’,  Fionn Foley, Cian O’Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Roisin Ni Cheilleachair and Daire O’Muiri. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

When the final appraisal of 1916-related TV programmes is done, Eipic (TG4, Thursday) will surely be the most lateral. In the drama, set in a fictiona(...)

British soldiers snipe from behind a barricade of empty beer casks near Dublin’s quays during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

RTÉ’s programme for the 1916 centenary was launched in Dublin last night with the station pledging to “embrace all of the complexity” of the Easter Ri(...)

Looking at papers in the reading room of the National Archives. The National Archives and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are currently working on a 2016 family ancestry initiative guide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Archives and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are currently working on a 2016 family ancestry initiative guide. This wi(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

Theo Dorgan’s collection was called a “lumunious book” by the judges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Cork-born poet Theo Dorgan for his collection, Nine Bright Shiners. The presentation of t(...)

Pals: the story of four young recruits to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the first World War

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks is showcasing a whole new way of teaching history. Pals is the story of four young recruits to t(...)

The annual St Patrick’s Day (Weekend? Week?) festivities grind into gear tomorrow morning. We know the man himself wasn’t big on snakes or slavery,(...)