Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “Everybody has to be very conscious of the great importance of these anniversaries . . . We need to be very dignified and very respectful.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Fein is currently examining how best to commemorate those who died in the First World War and deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they mad(...)

Cork City after it was burnt in 1920 by the Black and Tans. “On the British side some form of military struggle was inevitable before Irish demands would be taken seriously.” National Photographic Archive (Hogan Wilson Images)

Critics of the Easter 1916 Rising, including Patsy McGarry (Rite & Reason, January 5th), condemn the wrong conflict. It was the the Civil War, not(...)

Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Redmond  defended his party’s decision to oppose the Military Service Bill in House of Commons. Portrait by artist Henry Jones Thaddeus, courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

January 15th, 1916 Rumours are sweeping Europe that Kaiser Wilhelm II (pictured) is either gravely ill or dead. Despite official bulletins from his d(...)

The ship carrying 20,000 German rifles and ammunition to be used in the Easter Rising, the Aud, was intercepted and scuttled by its crew.

British authorities seized German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the US. These included records of 126(...)

Sarah Greene as May in RTÉ’s 1916 drama ‘Rebellion’.

The creator of RTÉ’s 1916 Rising drama Rebellion has said that he did not deliberately set out to write a drama with women as the central characters, (...)

Pearse’s writings “consistently and deliberately and without reservation equate the patriot and the patriot people with Christ.  Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

In 1972, an article that appeared in the relatively rarefied pages of the Jesuit published journal Studies caused controversy. Its author was Fr Franc(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On the night of May 18th, 1915, the Irish nationalist leader John Redmond was staying at the south Dublin home of his daughter Johanna and her husband(...)

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(...)

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(...)