Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has launched UCD’s programme for the Easter Rising centenary. The programme includes a major  conference providing a global context for the events of 1916.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

UCD is to host a major interdisciplinary conference next year on the Easter Rising’s global context. The conference is one of at least 25 events the u(...)

Historian and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter  at the launch of his new book  A Nation and Not A Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Historian and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter has warned against “shameless celebrations” of Ireland’s past and the downgrading of history in (...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

The Government rejected an internal proposal to mark the 1916 centenary with a €12 million Gathering-style initiative explicitly aimed at promoting(...)

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(...)