The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)

At the turn of the last century Rathgar was a favoured location for political and literary sets. George (AE) Russell lived at Number 25 Coulson Avenu(...)

Eddie Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy are owners of Constance Markievic’s ancestral home Lissadell House. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The owners of Lissadell House yesterday promised to help right the wrong done to the “hundreds of strong women” who were centrally involved in the 191(...)

Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

‘If you want to walk round Ireland, or any other country, dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots . . . and buy a revolver.” – Countess Consta(...)

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(...)

 Lissadell House in Co Sligo

Sligo County Council has withdrawn an objection made to An Bórd Pleanála over the erection of a boundary fence at Lissadell House and Demense in a mov(...)

Bernadette McAliskey: gave delegates a highly personal account of her childhood and the road that took her to the moment in 1972 when, in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, she crossed the floor of the British House of Commons and slapped the British home secretary Reginald Maudling across the face. Photograph: Reuters

“I stand here as the youngest woman in Parliament, in the same tradition as the first woman ever to be elected to this Parliament, Constance Markie(...)

 The Alpine Garden and Cottage at Lissadell House in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Sligo county manager has said his door is open to the owners of the Lissadell estate, and that he was hopeful the “fantastic facility” woul(...)

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(...)

The new Liffey bridge under construction. Rosie Hackett was recorded in the 1911 census as living in nearby Old Abbey Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

One hundred years after an ordinary young Dublin woman played an extraordinary role in the remarkable events unfolding around her, Rosie Hackett is ba(...)