‘Strange thoughts were mine, as I sat on a big sofa in the centre of policy of the German empire. No regrets, no fears – well – yes – some regrets, but no fears’ - from the war diary of Roger Casement

The war diary that Roger Casement kept during his 18 months in imperial Germany is one of the most candid and impenitent confessions of treason ever (...)

A formation of Irish Volunteers (above). The Footsteps to Freedom event involved a re-enactment of the march of 300 Irish Volunteers from across West Limerick and North Cork to Glenquin Castle 100 years ago.  File photograph: Militaryarchives.ie

Men and women from outside Dublin had a big part to play in the 1916 Rising, despite perceptions given in media coverage of commemorative events this (...)

Commemoration ceremony for Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charlie Monahan who drowned when the car they were in went off the pier at Ballykissane pier outside Killorglin on Good Friday night 1916. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Three Irish Volunteers who were the first three fatalities of the Easter Rising were commemorated in Co Kerry on Thursday morning. Con Keating, Dani(...)

The Air Corp performs a fly past during a ceremony at Banna Strand in Co Kerry to mark the centenary of the capture of Sir Roger Casement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Thousands of people have attended a commemoration marking 100 years to the day since Roger Casement landed at Banna Strand in Co Kerry from a German s(...)

Iseult Ní Chuláin and Ruadhán Ó Culáin,  great-great-great grandchildren of James Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Actor Alan Rickman was better as Snape, a wizard in Harry Potter, than he was as Éamon de Valera in Michael Collins, according to the children in a Ga(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

   “The words of Beckett poured forth from a spot-lit Lisa Dwan into a void of blackness and quiet (except for the usual epidemic of coughing that made the place sound like a sanitorium).” Photograph: Eric Luke

On Wednesday night, not for the first time, I found myself outflanked by Fintan O’Toole. Speaking as MC at an event in the National Concert Hall, he m(...)

Lisa Dwan on stage at the NCH. Photograph: Frances Marshall

The latest night in the NCH’s celebration of Ireland’s centenary set a course for the continent, and examined through words and music how the nation s(...)

Emma Dabiri. Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

I grew up singing Irish rebel songs. One of the first ones I learned, which seared an impression on my young mind, was James Connolly. In the haunti(...)

Top, Donnacha Dennehy and Colm Tóibín. Bottom, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement. Photographs: Britt Olsen-Ecker, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, George C Beresford/Getty Images

All this week, the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series of concerts is inviting artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of(...)