The Colour Party leaving the grave of Peader Kearney, composer of the national anthem, after a wreath laying ceremomy at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Early on Easter Sunday morning in Glasnevin Cemetery, under an icy blue sky, the British ambassador solemnly steps forward to lay a wreath at Ireland’(...)

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  (...)

Weather conditions have altered the outcome of historic battles and even entire wars. A famous example is that of Napoleon’s defeat in cold, frozen, (...)

Shelling: from GPO in Flames, by Norman Teeling. The paintings reproduced here are from his series The Rising, on show at the Oriel Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2; theoriel.com

At Trinity College Dublin the morning brought the sight of the university doubling as a British army barracks. “The quadrangles presented an extraor(...)

February 11th, 1916 A recruiting conference for Longford, Meath, Westmeath, Louth, King’s County (Offaly) and Queen’s County (Laois) took place at Du(...)

James Stephens: his diary of changing moods and circumstances during Easter Week is one of the most  outstanding works on the rebellion

‘Ireland has too many histories; she deserves a rest.” In 1951 this was the verdict of Andy Cope, who had played an important role in Irish affairs 30(...)

War diaries record things that most children shouldn’t see. But by bearing witness, either as fiction or true account, the diary is a small victory against writing children’s voices out of history

When I began writing about the 1916 Rising through the eyes of a child, the diary format felt a natural fit. Dublin was crammed with writers in 191(...)

Pádraic Pearse: his poem The Rebel has all the power of the consummate leader who longed to see his country freed

Poetry had a long history of living underground in the Gaelic tradition, so it was little wonder that three young poets, Pádraic Pearse, Thomas MacDon(...)

‘The core requirement here is that any system of accountability should enhance rather than diminish public trust in the media’s ability to do its job.’

The High Court clarification yesterday, although it might have been anticipated by lawyers, is an important landmark in the freedom of the press, whic(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)