Professor Ronan Fanning said ‘British failures were responsible for violence and the triumph of violence in Ireland’. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Veteran historian Professor Ronan Fanning has said violence worked in Ireland during the revolutionary period because of the “pusillanimous and inept (...)

Rare footage of Pádraig Pearse has been obtained from British Pathé. Photograph: National Archives of Ireland 0:44

Footage of Padraig Pearse’s famous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa will be shown in a new film about the revolutionary period to be launch(...)

 The photograph was taken by a Second Lieutenant Milligan of the Royal Irish Rifles at the very north end of O’Connell Street, probably with his back to the Parnell monument. All the men are facing into Parnell Street, and on their left is Cavendish Row. On the large building, “National Bank Ltd”, which was No. 165 Parnell Street, can be made out.

Of all the executions carried out during the 1916 Easter Rising, none raised as much public anger then or since as the execution of James Connolly. Co(...)

 Pádraig Pearse: he may have whistled but he most definitely did not say farewell to his wife in the moments before his execution.  Photograph:  National Archives of Ireland

There are so few diaries from the Easter Rising that, even almost a century later, words as sparse and dry as those of Sgt Maj Samuel Lomas stand out(...)

A protest against Boko Haram, which caused outrage by abducting dozens of schoolgirls in Nigeria and threatening them with forced conversion to Islam

Education has always been a major battle ground for religions. For centuries, the Catholic Church used classrooms as a means of spreading the faith(...)

 Micheál Martin laying a  wreath at the Fianna Fáil Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fianna Fáil leader has criticised the Irish and British governments for failing to use the close relations between the two co(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of taking “a highly partisan” approach to Ireland’s past. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government of taking “a highly partisan” approach to Ireland’s past. “It has embraced a(...)

Mary Moynihan: “It’s a dark play but there’s life and joy there too.”

Mary Moynihan is director of Uprising , a play about the loyalist flags protests, the Troubl(...)

John Ruddy and Nick O’Connell make a loud song and dance out of the 1916 Rising at Powerscourt Theatre
Review: The Rising

The Rising Powerscourt Theatre ****If every lesson in(...)

The countermand was issued by Eoin MacNeill, commander of the Irish Volunteers, in a last-minute attempt to cancel a mobilisation planned for Easter Sunday 1916.

“Volunteers completely deceived. All orders for tomorrow Sunday are completely ca(...)