Patrick Pearse (right) with his brother, Willie, in the gardens at St Enda’s. Photograph: Pearse Museum/OPW

The relationship between our national identity and the natural world is tricky and complex. On the one hand the great 18th-century bardic lament Caoi(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

Pathos and farce: Peter Coonan, Owen McDonnell and Seán T Ó Meallaigh from TG4's Wrecking The Rising

For the most part, this year’s centenary commemorations have been sober and reflective, imbued with that quiet dignity usually only achieved when Ree(...)

 The Capuchin Day Centre which was founded by Br Kevin Crowley in 1969 has journeyed with people in need for almost 50 years.   Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

At the recent launch of a book exploring the faith profiles of the 1916 leaders, Fr Bryan Shortall, guardian of the Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Du(...)

Patrick Pearse. Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is A Demonstration, by Jessic(...)

Soldiers in formation during the State religious ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders at Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The “nobility and the courage” of those who had given their lives for Irish freedom was recalled at a memorial Mass to mark the actual centenary of th(...)

Patrick Pearse:  as a product of his time he would have “hated” the idea of same-sex marriage.

Suffering from commemoration fatigue? Don’t worry, the decade of centenaries programme has only another six years to run. What’s the point of it al(...)

Walking wounded: Gassed, John Singer Sargent’s painting of soldiers in the British army blinded and otherwise hurt by chlorine during the first World War. Photograph: IWM via Getty

In French Flanders the wind blows in strongly from the English Channel, gusting across some of the flattest terrain in Europe. Around the old mining (...)

The corrected memorial wall at Glasnevin cemetery. The fada was originally over the first ‘i’ not the ‘E’  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Glasnevin Trust has corrected the errant fada on its recently unveiled memorial wall and also defended its decision to list a member of the Irish Vol(...)

A judge refused to grant a stay on his orders preventing works to buildings and locations on and around Moore Street declared to be a national monument.   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A High Court judge has refused to grant any stay on his orders preventing works to buildings and locations on and around Dublin’s Moore Street declare(...)