A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)

Bartholomew Ryan: ‘I see the great poets like Yeats and Wordsworth and Fernando Pessoa as loafing heroes.’ Photograph: Luis Barra

The Loafing Heroes sing the poetry of WB Yeats and TS Eliot, and the subject matter of their songs ranges from Irish revolutionary heroes to the de(...)

Sir Jack Leslie (97), whose uncle, Capt Norman Leslie, was killed in the first World War, viewing the exhibition at the National Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times 2:53

Long before his contemporary namesake earned his uncompromising reputation, the name of Michael O’Leary was synonymous with belligerence. Cork-born(...)

Roger Casement leaving court in London before being returned to prison in 1916. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A PSNI museum in Belfast has been criticised for refusing to lend out a pistol which belonged to Roger Casement for exhibition ahead of the 1916 East(...)

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has direct responsibility for the 1916 centenary celebrations. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising have confirmed they will boycott the launch of the Government’s 2016 draft programme event in Dubli(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Dr Nkosazana Dalmini Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell.

The use of traditional culture as a cover for abuse of human rights was rejected by members of the African Union Commission at a meeting with Presiden(...)

A brave but hopeless battle

The retreat from Mons was an epic of endurance for the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). In their first encounter with the Germans at the Battle of M(...)

Irish playwright and author Brendan Behan drinking at the Fitzroy Tavern, London. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images

A pension application for a man whose death changed the course of Irish literature is contained in the Military Pensions Archive files released today.(...)

Photo of witnesses in the case of Sir Roger Casement. Gardaí are calling on members of the public to bring any police memorabilia they might have at home to a special event being organised at Cork City Hall on Friday. Photograph: www.garda.ie

Members of the public have been invited to bring any police memorabilia they might have at home to a special event at Cork City Hall on Friday.The Gar(...)

Historian Dr Brian P Murphy acknowledged  Ireland’s relationship with the United Kingdom had enjoyed positive advances in recent years thanks to the state visits to Ireland by the Queen Elizabeth II and to the UK by President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s improved relationship with the United Kingdom should not prohibit the state from according a pre-eminent position to the commemoration of th(...)