Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave: his government followed the British lead in the 1970s. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They might say a week is a long time in politics, but 20 years is surely a mere blink of an eye when it comes to history. The tradition of historians (...)

Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

Rising to the occasion

The Taoiseach’s launch in Collins Barracks of the commemoration programme for the Rising has set in train a crowded, ambitious year-long schedule to m(...)

Cumann na mBan member Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and injured during the Easter Rising. She was one of over 200 members of Cumann na mBan whose applications are contained in the archive.The files outline the women’s injuries, the risks they took and their heavy involvement in military action during the 1916 Rising and and the Civil War.

The Minister with responsibility for the Easter Rising commemorations has said Irish people “should not be afraid to celebrate how far we have come” a(...)

 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: Conceded that the Government never directly asked for debt write-down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Late on Friday night the Greeks came bearing gifts for Fine Gael. And for once there was little need to beware. For several years now, critics of the (...)

Manning the barricades during the Easter Rising – “independence was secured by violent struggle, in which most of those killed were Irish”. – Photograph:   Walter Doughty, the Manchester Guardian’s first staff photographer.

The Easter Rising was indeed the catalyst for the creation of an independent Irish State, as Ronan Fanning wrote in the concluding article of The Iris(...)

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(...)