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(...)

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in March 2016 in the Stone Breakers’ yard in Kilmainham Gaol where 15 rebels were executed in 1916. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kilmainham Gaol is a dark place. The sunlight leaves visitors squinting as they emerge from the dim corridors into the exercise yard outside. For the(...)

Three generations of Thomas MacDonagh’s relatives. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

One hundred years after his execution by firing squad, the people of Cloughjordan in Co Tipperary have unveiled a statue to their native son and signa(...)

Mary Deegan Kavanagh with a medal belonging to her aunt Maire Deegan, a member of Cumann na mBan, at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people are “called forth to fulfil a new promise” and to build new relations that our predecessors could on(...)