The Irish flag is lowered outside the GPO by army personnel. RTÉ has released  50 audio and visual recordings from its archives to coincide with the centenary of the Rising.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The RTÉ drama Rebellion is noteworthy for its portrayal of women as being front and centre of the fighting during the Easter Rising, but the real wome(...)

Prof Roy Foster: “I think they were very carefully planned to avoid the pitfalls of crude triumphalism.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government has got the balance right in how it plans to commemorate Easter 1916, distinguished Irish historian Prof Roy Foster has said. Speaking(...)

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(...)

When the last Knight of Glin, Desmond FitzGerald, died four years ago Ireland lost one of its foremost experts on Irish art, antiquities, furniture(...)

James Arthur O’Connor. A View of Irishtown from Sandymount, (c 1823) Private collection. Photograph: Courtesy of Pyms Gallery

A wire-strung harp made for a County Cork clergyman in the 1730s; playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s snuffbox; the silver mace once carried on cer(...)

Close shave: the Ottawa Evening Citizen of January 30th, 1928, reports on the crash; WT Cosgrave helped with rescue work after his train derailed in a snowstorm

Government Ministers today travel abroad freely. But the first visit of an Irish prime minister to North America did not take place until 1928, more t(...)

Former Fine Gael leader John Bruton: “The 1916 leaders explicitly took the opposite side in this war to their fellow Irishmen in the trenches.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

John Bruton last night repeated his strong reservations about the commemoration of the 1916 Rising, opening up clear differences with the Taoiseach a(...)

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(...)

A photograph of the late Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin, with the inscription “Thanks to My Divine Slave”, hangs on the bathroom wall of 54(...)

A place apart: one of the cantilevered cabins at Glencomeragh House

A group of exquisite buildings by a young, now disbanded practice of architects, Bates Maher, has won the RIAI Gold Medal, a triennial award that is I(...)