Members of the Speaking of Imelda  performance group chained themselves to the columns of the General Post Office in Dublin for two hours on Monday as they made an unofficial contribution to celebrations of the Easter Rising of 1916.

“There is something very symbolic about us coming back. The original Proclamation was supported by some of Ireland’s ‘exiled children’ and we are some(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht Heather Humphreys with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin at the launch of the 1916 Centenary Programme in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, earlier this week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:02

The seven multimillion euro projects that will become “permanent reminders” of the 1916 Easter Rising will all be completed in time for next year’s ce(...)

The Moore Street buildings, the scene of the last acts of the Easter Rising,  were declared a national monument in 2007 but have been derelict for years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Moore Street site which was the last place where the rebels held out during the Easter Rising is to be bought by the State for €4 million. The Cab(...)

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(...)

Party commemorations will feature an historical drama show at the GPO.

An actor dressed as Patrick Pearse will deliver a midday reading of the Proclamation on O’Connell Street in Dublin “every day for 33 weeks” as part of(...)

Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, was critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the position he has taken on Greece. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A Green Party plan to create 10 new regional banks around the country is being examined for feasibility by the Department of Finance. The plan to crea(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan addresses the Green Party conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

In 2011, the two parties that had been in coalition for the previous three and a half years took a huge hiding. It was a disaster for Fianna Fáil. But(...)

Taoisach Enda Kenny: had indicated that he would liked to see Queen Elizabeth visit Ireland as part of the events surrounding the 1916 commemoration. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government has said it is now “extremely unlikely” a member of the British royal family will attend the 100th anniversary commemorations of the(...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

Irish Roots

I was recently involved in researching the family tree of Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, as part of the mother of all Irish festivals, iFest Boston(...)