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’The sensitive way in which the Government has handled the centenary has been notable.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As I was standing in the media enclosure close to the GPO on Easter Sunday, looking across at the seated dignitaries, I felt increasingly that unionis(...)

Iseult Ní Chuláin and Ruadhán Ó Culáin,  great-great-great grandchildren of James Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Actor Alan Rickman was better as Snape, a wizard in Harry Potter, than he was as Éamon de Valera in Michael Collins, according to the children in a Ga(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Avonbeg Mill:  planning permission for a new three-bedroom home

Fancy an old mill with a history and considerable potential? Colliers has just the thing for you in Ballinaclash Co Wicklow. Avonbeg Mill is a tumbl(...)

John Redmond said Lord Lansdowne’s  speech detailing changes to the Home Rule Act “amounts to a declaration of war on the Irish people, and to the announcement of a policy of coercion”

John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a suppor(...)

John Bruton: “Like WT Cosgrave and Éamon de Valera after them, those politicians, Redmond, Dillon and [Joseph] Devlin, lived and worked for Ireland. But that’s apparently not romantic enough to reimagine by our poets and seers.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said the Proclamation and what he calls the “rebellion of 1916” left no room for compromise and created a “recipe for(...)

From left are Shane Dunne Colclough, a relative of 1916 sniper Jack Dunne; Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív and acting Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue at a wreathlaying ceremony at Boland’s Mill in Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Boland’s Mill is among the most picturesque locations for a commemoration of the Easter Rising. This huge stone building still stands sentinel, as i(...)

A grave can be anything from 4 to 10 feet deep. “The gravediggers used to get paid by the foot and they’d always be delighted to get a 10-footer.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How mean-spirited would you have to be to have the flaws of your wife carved onto her gravestone as soon as she goes to her eternal reward? Such a mea(...)

The General Post Office on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patrick Pearse is supposed to have read the Proclamation on the steps of the GPO but, as the children of a school just a stone’s throw away pointed ou(...)

Des Dalton at the Republican Sinn Féin shop on Dublin’s Parnell Street, surrounded by republican paraphernalia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The rooms in Republican Sinn Féin’s offices on Parnell Street in Dublin are filled with a chaotic clutter, a mass of agitprop paraphernalia stuffed in(...)

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