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(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

‘Famine Folios’ authors Robert Smart (‘Black Roads’), L Perry Curtis jnr (‘Notice to Quit’), Michael Foley (‘Death in Every Paragraph’) and Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh (‘I mBeal an Bhais’). Photograph: Dave Meehan

A young mother faces the viewer, her hair untidy on her shoulders, her bony body wrapped in what looks like a man’s oversized dressing-gown. Her th(...)

Melody Teixeira and Jamal Houmane of Casablanca Barbers. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, would appear to be the best street in Ireland. It’s certainly the(...)

Sinn Féin leader and commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army Michael Collins  throws in the ball to start a hurling match at Croke Park, Dublin, in 1921. Photograph: Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
How the GAA avoided a split
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The historiography of the Irish revolutionary era has been transformed in recent decades. As with the developing historiography of any major histor(...)

 The State funeral of Thomas Kent at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Applause greeted the arrival of the cortege, but all conversation stopped in the churchyard as the funeral procession came through the gates. The larg(...)

The Pádraic Ó Conaire  statue is removed by forklift from Galway City Museum for transport to the Cast Bronze Foundry in Dublin. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Were he alive to puff his pipe, Galway writer and satirist Pádraic Ó Conaire would have had a chuckle or two about his latest adventure – or that of h(...)

Detail from Krasnym Bej Belych, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge (1919-1920) by El Lissitzky. Courtesy Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin *****   This exhibition centres on the unlikely pai(...)

Seán Ó Labhra, also known in the English form of his name as Seán Lavery, who has died aged 83, was one of the last of a generation who kept the Irish(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)