A cross which marks the place where James Connolly was executed, sitting in a chair, in  Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

There is a great irony in the fact that while planning the 1916 Commemorations, no-one remembered that Christians have the habit of celebrating the re(...)

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One of the more amusing recollections of Easter 1916 was left to us in the memoirs of Arthur Power, then a British soldier on sick leave, later a well(...)

Blood on the Rose/Fuil ar an Rós is a welcome addition to the artistic projects commemorating 1916. It underscores the rich amalgam of artistic and p(...)

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Mason surveys the tiered cells of Kilmainham Gaol, washed by the thin light of a March morning. “It’s always cold in here, isn’t it?” he say(...)

Bishop of Cork and Ross, Dr John Buckley said the commemoration of the Easter Rising should be a time for reflection rather than celebration with an emphasis on what unites people rather than divides them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The forthcoming centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising should be commemorated in a way that respects all past differences and neither glorifies violence (...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett, director of of military operations for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

For the last century mystery has surrounded the reason why Joseph Mary Plunkett was appointed director of military operations for the Irish Volunteers(...)

Martin McGuinness has re-iterated his commitment to Sinn Féin holding a commemoration later this year for the Irishmen who died in the first World War. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has re-iterated his commitment to the party holding a commemoration later this year for the thousands of Irishmen who di(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett: his German passport shows him almost skeletal, with a clear lump on his neck. Photograph courtesy National Library of Ireland

The article below is one of a series of seven. The National Library has released collections of documents relating to each of the seven signatories o(...)

Patrick Pearse as a child: Patrick (right) with his brother. Their mother, Margaret, inscribed the photograph: “This is my dear little Willie and my dear little Pat.” Photograph courtesy of the National  Library of Ireland

The article below is one of a series of seven. The National Library has released collections of documents relating to each of the seven signatories o(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power at the Dublin Bay North recount in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For one horrifying moment, it looked like the recounts had been abandoned in favour of a total rerun. It was late afternoon in the RDS and a smiling (...)

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