A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)

New Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park on Tuesday. She said she was determined to lead a “hurting” force out of “a huge roller-coaster of uncertainty”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Newly appointed Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said criticisms levelled at the force during the recent “unprecedented time” would act as a (...)

Enda Kenny didn’t mention his predecessor by name. The Taoiseach didn’t have to, everyone knew exactly what he was talking about. And his swipe at Joh(...)

Irish Parliamentary Party  leader John Redmond.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has suggested that John Redmond was a “man of violence” who sent thousands of his fellow Irishmen to their deaths in t(...)

John Redmond MP –  portrait by artist Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland
To stand with the Empire

‘The life of a politician, especially of an Irish politician,” a weary and disheartened John Redmond reflected as his life was drawing to a close, “is(...)

Leaflets oppose support for the Voluteers and enlistment in the British Army - "Without the Irish the English would have been beaten by Napoleon a hundred years ago..."
The war against the War

Two of the most serious political casualties of the outbreak of war in August 1914 were the infant internationalist labour and women’s movements. I(...)

The Woodenbridge first World War Memorial Park in Co Wicklow, formally opened last month. The memorial, 15 stone pillars on which the names of the dead and their townlands are inscribed, commemorates the approximately 1,200 men from all parts of Co Wicklow who died in the first World War. It is inscribed with the lines of Francis Ledwidge’s poem below. Photograph: Jack McManus

“Is it too much to hope that out of this situation there may spring a result which will be good not merely for the Empire, but good for the future wel(...)

Lisa Marie Griffith, author of Stones of Dublin: A History of Dublin in Ten Buildings (Collins Press)

While working as a tour guide in Dublin city centre, covering 2,000 years of Irish history, I began to see the city’s iconic buildings as a gateway(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton and his brother Richard Bruton, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has defended his brother John’s decision to highlight the importance of the Home Rule Bill of 1914 but said that the (...)

Silver Freedom Box awarded to John Redmond in 1907 on display at the Irish Antique Dealers’ Association fair in the RDS

Among the thousands of items on display and for sale at the Irish Antique Dealers’ Association fair in the RDS this weekend is the silver Freedom Box (...)