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(...)

“There is far too much reliance on notes made available to download, which undermines independent research.” Photograph: Getty Images

I am sure my parents did not look forward to parent-teacher meetings when I was at school, as I was far from a model pupil. But whatever about having (...)

Countess Constance Markievicz: The identity of the owner of the house on Leinster Road  where police found a printing press is not mentioned in The Irish Times, but   Markievicz lived on the  Rathmines street before the Rising

January 22nd, 1916 The Dublin Metropolitan Police made an unexpected raid on several houses in Dublin under the authority of the Defence of the Realm (...)

Joanna Keane with her Presentation Tralee English class. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

‘Yeah, you know her. The one with the brown hair from Kerry. WB Yeats’s daughter.” About 25 years ago in Limerick, two students were looking for me(...)

Members of the Defence Forces during the first major event in Ireland to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, at Dublin Castle, January 1st, 2016. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two of the main churches in Ireland have organised seminars on the centenary events of 2016 to take place later this month in Dublin, Belfast, and Cor(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for  Finance, Arlene Foster, defended the DUP’s use of a “petition of concern” to block marriage equality. Photograph: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The days of dying for Ireland are over, and so are the days of never, never, never. So much so that fewer than 40 per cent of people polled in the Rep(...)

Three 8in howitzers firing at the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. John Fox, who won an All-Ireland with Clare in 1914, was injured during the battle. File photograph: Getty Images

Several All-Ireland finalists fought in the first World War and some were killed, according to a new book on the GAA. Two won All-Ireland medals, Joh(...)

The hanging of the Irish Proclamation 1916

Is it better look backwards or look forwards? That’s one of the big questions Irish people are asking themselves as we head into the 100th anniversary(...)

A man  building  a shelter in the migrant camp  in Calais, France. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The landscapes of emigration, migration, exile and return are complex ones of loss, enrichment, suffering and enduring hope. Every time I hear about t(...)

  Pat Rabbitte   TD .... “Ferriter deplores my ‘attitude and tone’ of recent years which he claims is ‘more right than centre’.... I have been engaged in the Government’s single-minded effort to salvage the Irish economy from the wreckage that we inherited.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Hurlers on the ditch usually dish out their criticism without resort to personal invective and especially if they come from the calm of academe. This (...)