Sean Hurley was buried along with 20 other casualties of the Easter Rising in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Much of the current debate about the necessity of the 1916 Easter Rising is speculation which fails to take account of the motivation of those involve(...)

Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

The first statue ever created of Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet has been re-dedicated in Washington DC at a ceremony that also jointly marked the ce(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the Military Archives  at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The €5.4 million Military Archives building, one of the flagship capital programmes of the 1916 centenary commemorations, has been opened. The archi(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told New York gathering it was “no accident” the US was the only country mentioned in  1916 Proclamation: five of  seven signatories  had spent time in  US. Photograph: James Higgins

Matthias “Matty” Reilly does not believe that the 1916 Proclamation will be fully realised until there is a united Ireland. The 75-year-old Fermana(...)

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 (...)

Soldiers in formation during the State religious ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders at Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The “nobility and the courage” of those who had given their lives for Irish freedom was recalled at a memorial Mass to mark the actual centenary of th(...)

Soldiers  from the 53rd Infantry Group  training in the Glen of Imaal.   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Defence Forces’ 53rd Infantry Group is completing its Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) in the Glen of Imaal in preparation for United Nations depl(...)

Sir John Leslie at the French embassy in Dublin, where he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 2015. Photograph: Brian Hutton/PA Wire

Sir John Leslie, one of Ireland’s last surviving second world war veterans, has died aged 99. Sir Jack, a cousin of Winston Churchill, died at home (...)

Currently about 6.5 per cent of Defence Forces members are women, which is slightly below the international median. Photograph: Alan Betson

Are you a young woman who likes playing football? Do you have a determination to win? If yes, prepare to be targeted by the Defence Forces, because (...)