Professor Ronan Fanning said ‘British failures were responsible for violence and the triumph of violence in Ireland’. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Veteran historian Professor Ronan Fanning has said violence worked in Ireland during the revolutionary period because of the “pusillanimous and inept (...)

The history of the Irish revolutionary period, 1913-23, has been well served this year; highlights include Charles Townshend’s The Republic: The Fi(...)

Liz McGrath and Paul Donnelly at Government Buildings to mark the setting up of  Century Ireland, an  online newspaper which  will contain contemporary accounts of momentous events from major newspapers at the time, both national and provincial, including The Irish Times. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A momentous decade in Irish history is being brought to life with a new internet project. Century Ireland will use online resources to lo(...)

Maria Doyle Kennedy whose moving interpretation of Lynch looking back on her life from beyond the grave is the film’s emotional heart.

It is safe to say no other Irish film this year will have a first viewing quite like that of Eliza Lynch – Queen o(...)