On February 22nd, 1919, Sean T Ó Ceallaigh wrote a letter to French premier Georges Clemenceau from the Grand Hotel on Boulevard des Capuchines in Par(...)

The GPO after the Rising. Photograph:  Getty Images

Did Pope Benedict XV give his blessing in advance to the Easter Rising? Count George Plunkett, the father of Proclamation signatory Joseph Mary Plunk(...)

A demonstrator waves a Catalan separatist flag in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

In seeking to smash the ballot boxes and the voters in last Sunday’s referendum on independence for Catalonia, the Spanish authorities inevitably scor(...)

Michael Collins stayed in the Bush Hotel after arriving in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1917

In 1917 Sinn Féin was a party on the ascendent. In February of that year Count George Plunkett was elected in the North Roscommon byelection as an ind(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett, director of of military operations for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

For the last century mystery has surrounded the reason why Joseph Mary Plunkett was appointed director of military operations for the Irish Volunteers(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents US president Barack Obama with a  volume of WB Yeats’s poetry,  hand-printed by Mary Plunkett, in the White House in Washington, DC,  today.  Photograph: Dennis Brack/EPA

A grandniece of 1916 leader Joseph Mary Plunkett spent weeks toiling in her back garden shed on bespoke hand-printed volumes of WB Yeats poetry that (...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)