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(...)

Maud Gonne  MacBride, Major John MacBride and their baby Sean in 1904

In writing Easter Widows I took the well-worn tale of the Rising and its aftermath and reconstructed it from the viewpoint of the seven widows of t(...)