Grace Gifford

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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(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “Everybody has to be very conscious of the great importance of these anniversaries . . . We need to be very dignified and very respectful.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Fein is currently examining how best to commemorate those who died in the First World War and deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they mad(...)

A cross which marks the place where James Connolly was executed in the stonebreakers yard in Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

The story of Kilmainham Gaol – one of the world’s largest unoccupied jails – is interwoven with that of modern Irish history. The list of inmates a(...)

“If there’s an actual crossroads anywhere that encapsulates Irish history, it must be the one at Kilmainham Courthouse.”

Whatever else this year of commemorations may bring, I’m grateful for the improved footpaths it has already delivered to part of my Dublin neighbourho(...)

Officer in charge of military archives Commandant Padraic Kennedy studies files in the reading room at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The widow who married one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising on the night before he was executed was refused a pension in her own right. Grace Gifford (...)

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