Strokestown House in Co Roscommon. Strokestown locals are joining forces with the estate in a bid to transform their community into an internationally-known heritage attraction.

The people of Strokestown, a small rural town in Co Roscommon, are joining forces with the local “Big House” in a bid to transform their community int(...)

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, a distant relative of Fr Michael O’Flanagan who was a local curate and a key figure in Sinn Féin during the period, launched ‘Ardcarne Remembers 1913 to 1923’. Photograph: Frank Miller

A Roscommon community is planning a novel commemoration for people from their parish who died in one of the most turbulent decades in Ireland’s histo(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Strokestown House: built by the Mahon family in the 1760s and now owned by Westward Garage Group

The owner of Strokestown House in Co Roscommon wants to see an international think tank located there, which, by learning lessons from the Irish Fam(...)

Artist Sean Rafferty with an installion he created from stones saved by his grandfather and other local people from Rockingham House in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

When Rockingham House was destroyed by fire in 1957, Pat Flanagan briefly dreamed about buying it from the Stafford-King-Harman family. The Co Roscomm(...)

Fiach MacConghail: “This commemoration anxiety has been going on for a while, and will I believe end up in commemoration paralysis.” Photograph: Joe St Leger.

Government anxiety about how to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising is leading to “commemoration paralysis”, the director of the Abbey Theatr(...)

A Great Famine memorial in Dublin (above). When the coffin ships “rampant with cholera and typhus” arrived in Canada “the dead and living were huddled together”, and bodies were pulled from the ships with boat hooks, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an audience which included 43 ambassadors , Government TDs, returned emigrants and up to 2,000 local people. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening remembered those who died “slow starving deaths in the fields around here” as he led the National Famine Commemorati(...)