Photograph: Alan Betson

John Concannon wasn’t even a twinkle in his mother’s eye when the 50th-anniversary celebration of the 1916 Rising, led by President Éamon de Valera, w(...)

Members of the Cadet Honour Guard after a wreath laying Ceremony in the Stone Breakers’ Yard at Kilmainham Gaol as part of the Commemorations to mark the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

No programme of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising have been sent for consideration to the expert committee advising the Government, it(...)

 Historian  Roy Foster and actress Fiona Shaw at the National Library for a Yeats celebration. Foster spent 18 years researching his WB Yeats biography. Photograph: Alan Betson

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Patricia Lynch’s The Grey Goose of Kilnevin. What was your favourite book as a child?(...)

(From left to right) Frances, daughter of Jeremiah Hennessy snr (seated), his second wife Mary Josephine, and son Jeremiah jnr, who was involved in the Howth gunrunning.

As both an Irish Volunteer and the son of an officer in the British navy, Jeremiah Hennessy may never have suspected his involvement in the Howth gunr(...)

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Galway: work was praised by Prof Liam Delaney. Photograph: PA

The high number of infant deaths in mother and baby homes cannot be explained by infant mortality rates in Ireland at the time, according to an exper(...)

British soldiers in Dublin during the Rising. The Department of Defence has said it cannot confirm who will be invited to the 1916 GPO commemoration.  Photograph: PA.

A public meeting is to be held next month to rally families of 1916 combatants over increasing fears they will be left out in the cold during centenar(...)

Diarmaid Ferriter: decision was taken without consulting the expert advisory group on the centenary, which includes himself and other prominent historians. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Historian Prof Diarmaid Ferriter has questioned the decision to invite members of the British royal family to(...)

The countermand was issued by Eoin MacNeill, commander of the Irish Volunteers, in a last-minute attempt to cancel a mobilisation planned for Easter Sunday 1916.

“Volunteers completely deceived. All orders for tomorrow Sunday are completely ca(...)

Michael Mallin, who was executed, and Countess Markievicz being escorted away by government troops. Photograph: Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland

The only eyewitness account of the burials of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising has been made public for the first time. Fiftee(...)

Free, free at last?

The tanks did not roll in. No alien army tramped through Dublin. But on December 15th 2010 the prevailing overblown narrative would have us believe,(...)