The Kerry and Wexford teams parading before the 1913 All-Ireland senior football final. James Rossiter, who played in this final, fought with the Irish Guards and once wrote home that he felt more nervous before an All-Ireland final than before an Irish Guard attack on the Germans. Photograph: GAA Library and Archive

By 1916, the GAA was Ireland’s largest sporting organisation with more than 500 clubs affiliated across all 32 counties. In the previous decade the Al(...)

Corp Richard King of Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Renmore Barracks, Galway, salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the Athenry 1916 Centenary Commemoration on Easter Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The first shots were not fired in the west until Easter Tuesday, but the role played by Galway rebels who held the largest territory outside of Dublin(...)

 Michael Collins  throwing in the sliotar  to start a hurling game at Croke Park in 1921.  Photograph: Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It appears like a different world. The 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising saw the GAA project a very conventional image of its role both in the st(...)

Defences Forces personnel march past the GPO in a previous  1916 commemoration. Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised plans  to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 centenary. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 commemoration progra(...)

Eoin Mac Neill “was equally and utterly tough when it came to 1922 and the Civil War…he was absolutely clear that violence could be used’’, his grandson,  former minister for justice and former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Nationalist leader Eoin Mac Neill was not some kind of “dotty professor’’ opposed to violence, his grandson, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, has sai(...)

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(...)

Sprightly former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (93) stepped from his car and – old pro that he is – turned to face the grateful photographers with a cheery wave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where is this council estate anyway? The President invited it to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.That’s a lot of chairs and biscuits. Good old Michael D.(...)