Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On Friday, the official State commemoration of the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe takes place in Glasnevin cemetery. Ashe, the Easter Rising (...)

James Joyce: no stranger to ghosts. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

WB Yeats is often viewed as being away with the fairies in the Celtic twilight, whereas James Joyce is considered a man of this world, grounded in th(...)

Jimmy Wren, who has written a book, The GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916, at his home in Donnycarney. On the wall is a group photograph of Rising participants,  taken in 1936. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In Jimmy Wren’s north Dublin home, there’s a dated black-and-white photograph in the hall showing about 300 people. The image is shallow but very wide(...)

Leaflets oppose support for the Voluteers and enlistment in the British Army - "Without the Irish the English would have been beaten by Napoleon a hundred years ago..."
The war against the War

Two of the most serious political casualties of the outbreak of war in August 1914 were the infant internationalist labour and women’s movements. I(...)