As we learn more about the events of Easter 1916 we know its history is filled with real drama, extraordinary events and fascinating characters

The events in the immediate wake of 1916 give Rebellion writer Colin Teevan a dramatic ending to the five-part RTÉ series, which ended last night. I(...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness speaks to party members in Derry, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has insisted that his decision to leave his Mid-Ulster constituency and contest the next Assembly el(...)

Connacht prop Rodney Ah You gets over for his side’s fourth try against Scarlets in the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 30 Scarlets 17 Connacht produced a bonus-point victory to jump back up to the top of the Pro 12 table alongside their visitors Scarlets at t(...)

‘Having left Ireland after receiving 18 years of education at home, I want to start contributing back to my own community.’

I’m originally from Belfast but I studied in Dublin. I always enjoyed visiting the south growing up, and I was fortunate to come from a family that s(...)

The 1916 Rising medal posthumously awarded to Joseph Plunkett, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, has turned up and will be sold at auction in Dublin in March.

The 1916 Rising medal posthumously awarded to Joseph Plunkett, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, has turned up and will be sold at auc(...)

Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street). Photograph: JT Westropp courtesy of the Royal Irish Academy

There was standing room only in the basement of the National Library of Ireland for the launch of The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection. Not since(...)

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(...)

Alan Rickman.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed(...)

May 1916: Thomas (left) and William Kent being marched by British soldiers across Fermoy bridge.
1916: a calendar of events

January 1916 The Gathering Storm Meeting Irish Volunteers leader Eoin MacNeill, James Connolly threatens to lead his tiny Irish Citizen Army (ICA(...)

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)