Munster’s Andrew Conway fails to stop Bundee Aki scoring a late try forConnacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The reaction underlined the poignancy of the occasion. Connacht players who had trudged slowly, and even limped, from the pitch when substitu(...)

IRA man Séamus Murphy, who has died aged 80, was the only man to succeed in escaping from Wakefield prison in west Yorkshire on February 12th, (...)

The former Ireland Under-20 captain Niall Scannell  will make his fourth appearance of the season for Connacht. Photogaph: Ashley Western/Inpho

The brouhaha surrounding the suggestion that the IRFU vetoed Munster’s efforts to sign Australian captain and hooker Stephen Moore is a topi(...)

James Connolly and the cross that marks the spot in Kilmainham Gaol wher ehe was executed: “For his entire adult life James Connolly’s defining characteristic was his total devotion to the cause of Marxism,” argues Sean O’Callaghan. “Nothing was allowed to get in the way”

I have recently written a book about James Connolly, who was easily the most important political influence on me when I was growing up in Tralee. I(...)

English politician and writer Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933) when chief secretary for Ireland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In October 1914 the writer George Russell (AE) wrote to his friend Charles Weekes, who had asked him why he was scared about Ireland: “I can hardly(...)

By 1915 picture houses in Dublin advertised special films about Chaplin in addition to their usual features and held competitions to find the best Chaplin imitator among audiences.

If John Maynard Keynes had been able to take time off from his treasury job in the autumn of 1915 to write a moment-defining prequel to his famous tre(...)

Padraig Pearse (1879 - 1916), the Irish writer, educator and nationalist politician who joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood), directed the Easter Rising in April 1916 and became the first president of the Provisional Irish Republic. When he surrendered to the British in the same month, he was arrested, court-martialled and shot.

Ghosts On December 25th, 1915 (his last Christmas), Pádraig Pearse signed off a pamphlet entitled Ghosts, hardly Yuletide fare. Though he a(...)

If the dead could speak they would point their skeletal fingers at the rather corpulent figure who sent them to their doom. The Sinn Féin propaganda l(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

Ruined buildings in Dublin after the 1916 Rising

A new book featuring interviews with 25 relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising has been launched. To Speak of Easter Week by Dr Helene O’(...)