Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

The O’Rahilly

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is We Carried it to Here as Best W(...)

Commemoration ceremony for Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charlie Monahan who drowned when the car they were in went off the pier at Ballykissane pier outside Killorglin on Good Friday night 1916. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Three Irish Volunteers who were the first three fatalities of the Easter Rising were commemorated in Co Kerry on Thursday morning. Con Keating, Dani(...)

 Marta Turalska from Newcastle West,  Limerick, holds her winning picture, My Grandma With Grape,  in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Limerick student’s portrait of her grape-eating granny was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. The (...)

Gen John Maxwell and his entourage inspect British troops after the Easter Rising

The Easter Rising has generated a huge amount of analysis from an Irish perspective, but very little from the British side. It may have been the de(...)

 The GPO after 1916. If in the event of Patrick Pearse’s inner IRB circle of the Irish Volunteers had a simple contingency plan for their Dublin rising, it could have been much more effective.   Photograph: Thomas Johnson Westropp

The Easter Rising is often viewed as a “glorious sacrifice” led by brave men with little military experience. What if they had had some? There are nu(...)

“McKenna’s Fort,”  a play about Roger Casement’s role in the Rising will have its world premiere next week at the New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

St Patrick’s Day, 1916 St Patrick’s Day 1916 was a very busy one for the Irish Volunteers in their last public engagement before the Easter Rising.(...)

Portrait of Tom Clarke by Mick O’Dea

Unlike Patrick Pearse – the historic face of 1916 – Tom Clarke remains a relatively unknown member of the Provisional Government that instigated the E(...)

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(...)

 Portrait of Sean Mac Diarmada by Mick O’Dea

There is only one homestead of the seven signatories of the Proclamation still standing. Appropriately, it is Seán MacDiarmada’s home outside Kiltyclo(...)