James Connolly addressing a meeting of about 8,000 people in Union Square, Manhattan, New York City on May Day, 1908. Photograph: Library of Congress

The death of James Connolly in the 1916 Easter Rising was an incalculable loss to Irish socialism as he was succeeded by a labour leadership that was(...)

Gabriel Doherty of the School of History at UCC said that there has been an unfortunate tendency to take individual sentences, phrases and concepts from the Proclamation out of the text and interpret them as representative of the whole document. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Easter Rising Proclamation should be considered in its entirety and not parsed into its constituent parts if it is to be viewed as the foundationa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Helen Litton great-grandniece of Tom Clarke during a ceremony where the East Link bridge was renamed to Tom Clarke Bridge in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tom Clarke, first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, stands in Irish history alongside O’Donovan Rossa, John Devoy, and Robert Emmet, President Micha(...)

Gardaí say a male cyclist in his 50s collided with a pedestrian and was subsequently taken to Beaumont Hospital where he remains in a critical condition Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

A cyclist is in a critical condition after colliding with a pedestrian in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Monday evening. The incident happened at arou(...)

Rory Scannell: one of the young playes who has come to the fore with Munster during a tough campaign for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Let’s hear it for the Guinness Pro12 then. Never before has there been so much at stake for the 22nd and last full round of fixtures which kick-off si(...)

 The Capuchin Day Centre which was founded by Br Kevin Crowley in 1969 has journeyed with people in need for almost 50 years.   Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

At the recent launch of a book exploring the faith profiles of the 1916 leaders, Fr Bryan Shortall, guardian of the Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Du(...)

The original broadcast took place 190 metres from the GPO at what was then The Wireless School of Telegraphy at 10-11 Sackville Street. Stock photograph: Thinkstock

The story of the first Irish radio broadcast during the 1916 Rising was re-enacted simultaneously by 37 radio stations on Monday 100 years to the date(...)

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin ***** This production’s public birth was on the exact weekend of the Rising centenary, in the same chilling gaol where many (...)

Tom Crean: he faced mountainous seas and Antarctic blizzards

The Easter Rising was not the only historic event launched by Irishmen on April 24th, 1916. There was at least one other notable exploit begun that da(...)

A soldier’s life: a volley is fired over Edwward Keegan’s grave at his funeral, in 1938. Photograph: family collection

The past surfaces in different ways. In January this year, in New York, the auction house Spink advertised the sale of the “Liberty Collection”: medal(...)