They were in Glasnevin Cemetery for O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral.

We were talking here yesterday about an Irish bandmaster’s influence on the Japanese national anthem. But by coincidence this week, I have also been l(...)

The Kerry and Wexford teams parading before the 1913 All-Ireland senior football final. James Rossiter, who played in this final, fought with the Irish Guards and once wrote home that he felt more nervous before an All-Ireland final than before an Irish Guard attack on the Germans. Photograph: GAA Library and Archive

By 1916, the GAA was Ireland’s largest sporting organisation with more than 500 clubs affiliated across all 32 counties. In the previous decade the Al(...)

The corrected memorial wall at Glasnevin cemetery. The fada was originally over the first ‘i’ not the ‘E’  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Glasnevin Trust has corrected the errant fada on its recently unveiled memorial wall and also defended its decision to list a member of the Irish Vol(...)

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(...)

Coach Dudley Herbert(far right) coaching his players in the scrum, from left: Odran Power, Paul Wallace, Tom Prendergast, Gareth Dinneen, Mike O’Mara, Shane Leahy, Philip Madigan and Des O’Malley

I walked into Anthony O’Dwyer’s pub on Limerick’s Wolfe Tone Street last week to a very special gathering. I was greeted with a question: “how many Mu(...)

Conor McCann and Naoise McSherry in the Clann Eireann Youth Club in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

History is not just history in a place like Lurgan. The Co Armagh town has not fully emerged from the Troubles and the vast majority of Protestants an(...)

An 18th-century Carrara marble fireplace that was once in Wolfe Tone’s house made €36,000

A late 19th-century Italian marble neoclassical sculpture of a girl sold for €50,000 – more than three times the top estimate – at Fonsie Mealy Auctio(...)

Padraig Pearse (1879 - 1916), the Irish writer, educator and nationalist politician who joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood), directed the Easter Rising in April 1916 and became the first president of the Provisional Irish Republic. When he surrendered to the British in the same month, he was arrested, court-martialled and shot.

Ghosts On December 25th, 1915 (his last Christmas), Pádraig Pearse signed off a pamphlet entitled Ghosts, hardly Yuletide fare. Though he a(...)

Valentin Ribet (26) was  a descendant of Thomas Addis Emmet, older brother of Robert Emmet (above), who was executed in 1803 for his role in the Dublin rebellion of that year.

A young lawyer who was among the first to be identified as a victim of last Friday night’s atrocities in Paris had strong Irish republican connections(...)

A poster celebrating Dan Donnelly.

Sir Daniel Donnelly was buried in Bully’s Acre, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, but not for long. Grave robbing was big busines(...)