Artist and chairman of the Ireland Institute has welcomed the Government’s Rising centenary  plans but said that he will not attend  next year’s GPO parade due to ‘conscientious objections’. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Robert Ballagh has said he is delighted with the Government’s announcement of 1916 commemorative events for next year, and believes lessons have been (...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has launched UCD’s programme for the Easter Rising centenary. The programme includes a major  conference providing a global context for the events of 1916.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

UCD is to host a major interdisciplinary conference next year on the Easter Rising’s global context. The conference is one of at least 25 events the u(...)

The casket housed O’Donovan Rossa’s remains on an Atlantic crossing from New York to Ireland.

A steel casket used to transport the remains of the famous Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is be restored and placed on display in west Cork. H(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)

Rising to the occasion

The Taoiseach’s launch in Collins Barracks of the commemoration programme for the Rising has set in train a crowded, ambitious year-long schedule to m(...)

Cumann na mBan member Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and injured during the Easter Rising. She was one of over 200 members of Cumann na mBan whose applications are contained in the archive.The files outline the women’s injuries, the risks they took and their heavy involvement in military action during the 1916 Rising and and the Civil War.

The Minister with responsibility for the Easter Rising commemorations has said Irish people “should not be afraid to celebrate how far we have come” a(...)

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of the death of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Mr Higgins w(...)

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa pictured in New York in January 1911, during the long illness that eventually led to his death on June 29th, 1915.  Photograph: Getty Images.

A re-enactment of the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is among an ambitious programme of events to be unveiled this week to mark the centen(...)

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations. Sinn Féin President Gerry (...)