John Concannon

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Battlefield: Henry Street in Dublin in 1916

After many months of debate and preparation, plus the occasional hiccup, the official centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising have begun. On New(...)

The community programme of the 1916 commemorations will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 1,800 events have been confirmed for next year’s Easter Rising commemorations. The public’s response to a call for events to be organised (...)

 A  note from the office of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys requested the Irish language be relegated to nearer the bottom of the list of principal themes  of the commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preparations for the much-criticised official launch of the 1916 commemoration programme in November were rushed, and were undertaken under considerab(...)

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

The Government rejected an internal proposal to mark the 1916 centenary with a €12 million Gathering-style initiative explicitly aimed at promoting(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

John Concannon wasn’t even a twinkle in his mother’s eye when the 50th-anniversary celebration of the 1916 Rising, led by President Éamon de Valera, w(...)

“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the(...)

Preparations for the web summit  under way in the RDS, Dublin, as the technology conference opens its doors to the public  today. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

When the first Web Summit took place in 2010, it didn’t register on many people’s radars. Founded by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly, it (...)

Yee-ha!: Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD promote the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Goes Country campaign which takes place this weekend. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A friend of mine doesn’t like festivals, and as you can imagine, this leads to some interesting discussions. We can both agree that as the number of f(...)

US sportswear firm Columbia brought some of the world’s leading  adventure journalists to  sample a stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way

The State bodies charged with promoting and developing Irish tourism have been busy raising their game of late. So much so that it seems you can barel(...)

A still from the new Discover Ireland ad

The first major Discover Ireland advertising campaign in more than three years will seek to persuade Irish holidaymakers to take one extra break in Ir(...)

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