Living in Ireland - you can't ignore the history of this country.
Easter 1916 is still remembered by many every year - bu less and less bother with it as time goes on.
This BBC page http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/easterrising/index.shtml has some of the details.
You can even go on organised tours of the places involved. http://www.1916rising.com/
For a republican viewpoint - you could look at http://www.users.bigpond.com/kirwilli/1916/