English politician and writer Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933) when chief secretary for Ireland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In October 1914 the writer George Russell (AE) wrote to his friend Charles Weekes, who had asked him why he was scared about Ireland: “I can hardly(...)

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(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

Break time: A shopper off her feet in the furniture department. Photograph: The Irish Times

1843 – The store that is now Arnotts opens for business at 14 Henry Street having been set up by George Cannock and Andrew White. 1845 – Bankers Andre(...)

Castlehaven players celebrate after defeating Nemo Ranger in the 2013 Cork county senior club football championship final. The sides face each other again in this year’s final. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday Wexford SFC final St Martin’s v St James’s, Innovate Wexford Park, 4.0 – Two interesting stories: Martin’s going for a senior double after t(...)

Ruined buildings in Dublin after the 1916 Rising

A new book featuring interviews with 25 relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising has been launched. To Speak of Easter Week by Dr Helene O’(...)

Sean Lemass, out walking on Easter Monday, was told by other youngsters that the Rising had started. The next day the 16-year-old Lemass was given a shotgun and took position on the roof of the GPO

The Easter Rising was overwhelmingly a young people’s revolution. As well as the hundreds of fighters in their late teens and early 20s, many teenager(...)

Captain Eoin Rochford reads the Proclamation during the 97th anniversary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The 1916 Proclamation was a document issued by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army at the GPO in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916. Most histor(...)

The hanging of the Irish Proclamation 1916

Is it better look backwards or look forwards? That’s one of the big questions Irish people are asking themselves as we head into the 100th anniversary(...)

An artillery shell from 1916, turned into a dinner gong, which was found in a London flea market and which will go under the hammer in Whyte’s, with an estimate of between €800 and €1,200, next month.

An impulse purchase at a London flea market has uncovered the only known trophy made to celebrate British “victory” in the 1916 Rising. A “fascinat(...)