Muriel Mc Auley (L) and Barbara Cashin, grandchildren of Thomas MacDonagh, pictured in Skerries. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The year after the Easter Rising was a fraught one for the families of those executed by the British. Compounding their sense of grief, many familie(...)

Patrick Pearse’s grandnephew, Patrick Pearse and his grandson Jamie Preston, pause to look at a plaque baring his name during a ceremony to commemorate Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh, who were executed after the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Commemoration events have taken place in the Stonebreakers’ Yard in Kilmainham Gaol to mark 100 years since the start of the executions of the leaders(...)