Taoiseach Enda Kenny   with Gregory Ellis and Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh String Quartet at the opening of the newly refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I don’t suppose it was a decisive issue, one way or another – the 1921 Treaty debates were probably doomed from the start, wherever they were held. Bu(...)

Irish Volunteers and one Irish Citizen Army member inside the GPO 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives, Cathal Brugha barracks www.militaryarchives.ie

Tuesday, April 25th, 1916 Government forces arrive in the city by train overnight from Belfast and the Curragh. Machine-gun  fire  (...)

Jacob’s Biscuit factory, Dublin at the time of the Easter Rising 1916. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Easter Monday, April 24th The rebels turn out in reduced numbers in Dublin and begin operations at noon, seizing the  General Post Offic(...)

Details from intelligence reports on Michael Collins are now available via Ancestry.ie

Thousands of documents relating to the revolutionary perio, including all those related to the courts-martial of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising(...)

Damian Collins, a Conservative MP, says British membership of the European Union ‘is an agreement that the UK has entered into freely, because we believe it is of benefit to our country’.

A vote for the United Kingdom for leave the European Union, would be bad for Britain and Ireland. We would be worse off as a ‘Brexit’ could restrict(...)

Tim Pat Coogan: “We should look at what the 1916 leaders wanted and what we got”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising should not be a time “for soft words and platitudes” but a realistic reappraisal of what has been achieved(...)

Dublin Metropolitan Police files noted that Thomas Clarke  had not visited his shop  on St Patrick’s Day. Supt Owen Brien said Clarke had an injury to his arm, the result of an accidental discharge of a revolver

March 18th, 1916 The Irish Times gave extensive reportage to St Patrick’s Day celebrations at home and abroad. The paper noted that there had been no(...)

Patrick Pearse portrait by Mick O’Dea

In his 36 years Patrick Pearse contributed more to Irish society than might be conventionally sufficient to warrant him long-term posthumous attention(...)

Donogh O’Malley: “I believe that it is essential for a government from time to time to propound bold new policies which both catch the imagination of the people and respond to some widespread if not clearly formulated demand on their part”. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times.

In January Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced an €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archi(...)

If Laragh House’s elegant walls could speak, would they be whispering newsroom gossip about the founding of the Irish Press, or sharing secret recipe(...)