Croke Park during the performance of ‘Aiséirí’, a pageant commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, on April 24th 1966. Photograph: RTÉ Stills Library

For those making their way to Jones’s Road for the National Football League finals on Sunday, Croke Park is promising to serve up a day out with a dif(...)

Front page of ‘The Irish Times’ – Saturday, March 18th, 1916. A bargain at one penny!

On St Patrick’s Day, 1916, thousands took to Irish streets in a demonstration of force by the Irish Volunteers. Just over a month later, many would be(...)

Caitríona Weafer: ‘Irish is my main language in this place of stunning sunsets and kind weather very, very far west of Connemara.’ Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Gaeilge in Malibu, Hollywood Boulevard, or anywhere around Los Angeles? Yeah, right, you might think. Maybe a “póg mo thóin” from someone who learned(...)

Portrait of Thomas MacDonagh by Mick O’Dea

Thomas MacDonagh is one of the most fascinating characters behind the Easter Rising. He was born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, in 1878, the child of (...)

Portrait of Edward Daly by Mick O’Dea

  Edward Daly Supported by his Uncle James, Edward “Ned” Daly was educated in Limerick before moving to Dublin, in 1913, to stay with his si(...)

Patrick Pearse portrait by Mick O’Dea

In his 36 years Patrick Pearse contributed more to Irish society than might be conventionally sufficient to warrant him long-term posthumous attention(...)

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Easter Monday, 1916. As the bullets ricocheted between the pillars of the GPO on O’Connell Street, you could hear the screaming. No one had been shot(...)

Soldiers attend Mise Eire. George Morrison’s film showed over twenty years of Irish history, from the 1890s to 1918, through existing archive material. Its soundtrack, an orchestral score by Sean O’Riada, became hugely popular

‘Music’, announced Seán Ó Riada on that first day, “Is the organisation of ideas through sound.” We music students, in the antechamber of the Easter R(...)

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(...)