Ross Keane, director of the Irish Film Institute (IFI) with members of the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society at the launch of the Irish Independence Film Collection, a culturally significant collection of Irish newsreel material from the period 1900 to 1930.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

It is fortunate for posterity that the Irish revolution occurred at the dawn of the era of newsreels. So many of the tumultuous events in Ireland dur(...)

The meeting in Ballaghaderreen to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland on May 5th, 1918, was addressed by Éamon de Valera and Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Dillon. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images
1918 timeline

January 8th US president Woodrow Wilson sets out his “14 points for peace” in a speech to Congress. He outlines the possible contours of a post-war se(...)

Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)