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1 “It’s pronounced jif, not gif” So say Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, although they don’t explain why. The graphics interchange format was cr(...)

Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

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‘The only good thing about the anniversary of 1916 is that it’s the same date that Game of Thrones comes back on the telly.” So says one particularly (...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humpheys on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When it comes to pre-election arts policies, most political parties speak in hypotheticals. It’s one thing to come up with a neat-sounding idea for a(...)

Eoin Mac Neill with sons Brian and Niall in 1917.

In December, an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic was sold for £305,000 (€420,000) by Sotheby’s, an amount far above its £(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

 Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa near the end of his life. He died  in Staten Island in New York in 1915.   Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The centenary of the death of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is to be marked in his home town of Skibbereen in west Cork by re-enacting a famous tor(...)

Artist Robert Ballagh speaking at Arbour Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preparations are underway for major centenary events as an alternative to the State’s plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising.The separate proposals inc(...)

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 (...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Cormac Breatnach has the long, slender fingers of a flute player. He is a tall, mild mannered and soft spoken man; a thoughtful artist with a gentle d(...)