Mary Connolly: Discovered busking in Dublin, she sold 64,000 tickets to 28 shows at the  Empire Theatre (now the Olympia),  breaking box office records and saving the theatre from bankruptcy and demolition.

On Sunday June 3rd, 1917, a desperate young woman arrived at Ailesbury Road, Dublin, from a Dorset Street tenement. For months, carefully concealing h(...)

While actors in period costume read part of the Proclamation, a woman leaned in, listening to Pearse’s words, and started shouting encouragement

I went on a 1916-themed bus tour during the week, the so-called “Rise of the Rebels” tour, in which actors recreate key moments from the Rising on the(...)

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(...)