Patrick Pearse

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**** General Post Office, Dublin “What are you here for?” an admonishing priest asks the rebels, while tending to the wounded and dying in the GPO(...)

John Redmond said Lord Lansdowne’s  speech detailing changes to the Home Rule Act “amounts to a declaration of war on the Irish people, and to the announcement of a policy of coercion”

John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a suppor(...)

The former Christian Brothers industrial school at Letterfrack, Co Galway, where Peter Tyrrell was taken in 1924. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Is it bad manners, in this week of commemoration, to think about a kid born in Ireland in 1916, a real child of the nation? I can’t help thinking of o(...)

 Commemoration of Easter Monday 1916 in Enniscorthy. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Abbey Square in Enniscorthy fell silent yesterday shortly after 1.15pm as thousands gathered to pay tribute to the volunteers of 1916. Wreaths were (...)

Children from the Rainbow Drama School commemorate the children who died in the Rising, one of many events in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwells

The Reflecting the Rising Easter Monday event was billed as the biggest public event in Irish history and it was already a success before it even sta(...)

An Irish soldier holds  a copy of the 1916 Proclamation  outside the GPO  in Dublin. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The 1916 Proclamation is neither a sacred text nor a democratic constitution in embryo, but a hastily-improvised and fragmentary speech. Largely wri(...)

An electric tram in Dún Laoghaire circa 1906. Around the time of the Rising, the trams in Dublin operated on lines that ran 95.6km – 60km more than we have now. Photograph: Past Pix/SSPL/Getty Images

Grocery shopping in 1916 was a simple affair. There were no giant multinational supermarkets flogging flatscreen tellies and quinoa salad to a public(...)

Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony at the GPO in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin on Sunday to witness a large military parade commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Ri(...)

John Loder (second right) and Arthur Shields (right) in the John Ford film ‘How Green Was My Valley’. Photograph: Fox

In his 1977 autobiography the Hollywood star John Loder let slip secrets he’d kept hidden for more than 60 years, about his part in the arrest of Patr(...)

The General Post Office on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patrick Pearse is supposed to have read the Proclamation on the steps of the GPO but, as the children of a school just a stone’s throw away pointed ou(...)

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