Éamon de Valera with members of his cabinet in December 1937 during the inauguration of the new Constitution, which further defined women’s place as in the home. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In December 1918, two women, Countess Constance Markievicz and Winifred Carney, ran for election on the island of Ireland and one, Markievicz, was ele(...)

An original Proclamation document  was to be the star lot of the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s Auction House in Dublin, featuring various historical documents and artefacts, before a private sale was agreed. File photograph: Whyte’s

An original copy of the Irish Proclamation was withdrawn ahead of auction on Saturday after being sold for €100,000 by private treaty. It was to be (...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s Easter Monday, and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations, although like a good little pedant, I’m saving marking the occasion properly until(...)

Maud Gonne. Photograph courtesy of the Yeats Society of Sligo Military Service Pension

Maud Gonne, the Anglo-Irish revolutionary and muse for WB Yeats, applied for an allowance in the 1930s as widow of her executed husband Major John Mac(...)