Mourners attend the funeral mass of Martina and Larry Hayes (inset) in Athlone. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Couple’s deaths ‘almost impossible to come to terms with’, Athlone funeral mass hears

Teenagers jump into the sea at the Forty Foot in Dublin during a spell of good weather in June. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ireland experiencing mini heatwave but fine weather expected to break by weekend

 Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC performs onstage at Aviva Stadium on July 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Redferns via Getty Images)

Bells, cannons, a giant pneumatic lady and one giant hit after another - we will never see the likes of this band again

British singer Brian Johnson (left) and Scottish-born Australian guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC performing on stage in the Olympiastadion in Berlin last week as part of their Rock Or Bust World Tour. Photograph: Britta Pedersen/EPA

AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink on the difficulties of telling the story of Angus, Malcolm and George Young

British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/IWM/Getty Images

Charlie Flanagan and Heather Humphreys will take part in anniversary ceremonies

 Roger Casement.

London, Paris, New York and Buenos Aires among cities where events will take place

10-day trip, which includes Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher, will cost €5,150 per person

Eoghan Plunkett with his sister Siobhán and mother Mary Plunkett nee MacCarthy

Eoghan Plunkett comes from a storied family involved in the Easter Rising

Aurel Sercu believes that the remains in John Condon’s grave in Poelcapelle cemetery belong to Irish-born rifleman Patrick Fitzsimmons. Photograph: Wernervc/Wikimedia Commons

Resting place of first World War ‘boy soldier’ outside Ypres debated by Belgian teacher

The military pensions archives  provide a definitive answer to the question which has been the butt of many jokes over the generations - how many were in the GPO during Easter Week? The answer is 508.  File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Military Pensions Archive publishes list of all those who were involved in Easter Week

 The funeral of Eimear Walsh, one of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, Co Dublin on June 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jim Walsh speaks of trauma of having to bring home ‘our beloved daughter and sister’

The hearse carrying the coffin of  Eimear Walsh, one of the victim’s of the Berkeley balcony collapse, arrives at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, in Foxrock, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Father tells hundreds of mourners Eimear was fun-loving but also independent minded

The remains of Olivia Burke are taken from Dublin Airport. The first funerals in Dublin of victims of the Berkeley balcony disaster will take place this morning.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

Services will be held for balcony collapse victims Eoghan Culligan and Eimear Walsh

Soldiers mark the  Rising at Eastertime  at the GPO, above. A series of trails including one retracing  events of the  Rising has been launched,  taking in  the GPO, the Royal College of Surgeons, Moore Street, O’Rahilly Parade and the Garden of Remembrance, and focuses on the six days of the Rising. File photograph:    Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Four new routes trace historic themes of Dublin through the ages

The remains of Olivia Burke , who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse, leaving Dublin Airport today  escorted by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 30 students living in the Library Gardens also return home for the funerals

The remains of the students who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California leave Dublin Airport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Hundreds attended the joint funeral for Ashley Donohoe and her cousin Olivia Burke, in northern California

People have been marking the summer solstice at the Hill of Tara this morningf, as they have been for millennia. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Sun rose at 4.57am on the longest day of the year as gifts offered to ancestors

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Irish whiskey is more expensive in Ireland than it is in the United States

Police tape blocks off a section of Kittredge Street in Berkeley at  the Library Gardens apartment building where a balcony collapsed and killed six Irish students and injured seven others. The balcony beneath the one that collapsed has also been deemed ‘structurally unsound’. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP.

City official deems third floor balcony under one that collapsed ‘structurally unsound’

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago, on June 18th, 1815. Above, Napoleon’s retreat from the Battle of Waterloo. Image: After a painting by Steuben. Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ronan McGreevy: ‘Wellington won the Battle of Waterloo, but, in the long term, the Irish came to reject the world that he represen(...)

Closing the Gates at Hougoumont, 1815 painted by the Victorian artist Robert Gibb, which shows a vital moment during the Battle of Waterloo.

Some 8,500 were involved, according to a serving Irish officer who studied the battle

Flowers at St Marys College in Rathmines, Dublin, where late UCD student Niccolai Schuster had previously  studied.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UCD mourns students Eimear Walsh, Lorcán Miller and Niccolai Schuster

A screengrab of the article in the New York Times which has caused offence in Ireland.

Paper criticised after article suggested J-1 students an ‘embarrassment to Ireland’

UCD medical student Lorcán Miller (above) who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse has been described as an “exceptional young man” by his former headmaster. Photograph: St Andrew’s College/PA

Former headmaster says student had an ‘amazing ability with people’

Visitors lay flowers on a makeshift memorial near the scene of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Government to help repatriate the remains of those killed in Berkeley

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh playing Maurice Shea in the TG4 docudrama ‘Waterloo: Na Laochra Gael’

Ó Muircheartaigh plays a fellow Kerryman in docudrama about the Battle of Waterloo

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chief executive Michael O’Keeffe: “The BAI is particularly pleased to have been able to support a number of projects associated with the 1916 Rising and we look forward to seeing these on our screens next year.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

RTÉ 1, TV3 and TG4 all have major dramas planned for Rising centenary next year

An image of an recent LÉ Eithne rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Naval vessel in Mediterranean to aid with migrant crisis rescues almost 1,500 people

Spectators in the dunes enjoying the view during the third annual Dublin Kite Festival which took place at North Bull Island in Clontarf on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Temperatures will be no higher than 21 degrees when they should be 25 degrees

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary and Social Care  Kathleen Lynch pictured in 2014. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Parents will not make ‘irresponsible’ GP visits, says Lynch

Carlow Brewing Company chief executive Seamus O’Hara.

Carlow Brewing Company and Starr Hill to make Irish red ale with American hops

Stephen and Jack Teeling pictured outside their new distillery in Newmarket Square. Photograph: Irish Times/Dave Meehan

Teeling €10m distillery officially opens its doors to visitors tomorrow

Chefs Derry Clarke, Fiona Ugema, Mivchael Roux, Kevin Thornton, Stuart O’Keeffe, Edward Hayden, Niall Hill and (back row) Tim Anderson, Gavin McDonagh, Niall Sabong, Paul Kelly enjoying the atmosphere at Taste of Dublin which has opened to the public  at the Iveagh Gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson

Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Michel Roux Jr to feature at food festival

Image of Albert Woodman, who was stationed in Dunkirk during the last days of the first World War. Woodman’s diary has been made available online.

Albert Woodman’s entries provide details of life in Dunkirk during final days of conflict

By 2030, futurologist Dr Sohail Inayatullah says half of our meals will come from 3D printing. Photograph: Getty Images

Futurologist optimistic for mankind: ‘We don’t want a future created from fear’

Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile – Rubens (1577-1640).  Photograph: The Irish Times

Gallery interested in acquiring some paintings but no funds for purchases since 2010

A Westboro Baptist Church demonstration outside the US Supreme Court. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Steve Drain says fate of Sodom and Gomorrah awaits country after referendum

An injured person is treated on the Lansdowne Road pitch after violence broke out during the match at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

A look back at the abandoned Ireland v England game in 1995 when thugs ran amok

Former Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) chairman Alan Dukes has said he does not believe businessman Denis O’Brien was given an interest rate as low as that claimed by Independent TD Catherine Murphy. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw.

Ex-IBRC chairman says Catherine Murphy wrong about rate charged to Denis O’Brien

U2 perform in Vancouver at the beginning of their new world tour.

Paul McGuinness tells The Irish Times he would have done things differently

Polly Samson and David Gilmour: will discuss the creative process and how they collaborate on writing lyrics. Photograph:  David M Benett/Getty Images

Guitarist David Gilmour and novelist Polly Sampson give first joint interview

Lion tamer Bill Stephens: keep three lions in a cage at the back of a suburban Dublin garage

Fortune’s Wheel tells the story of a celebrated incident in Fairview in 1951

Marriage-equality supporters  at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Fr Tom Doherty says Yes vote in referendum means “barbarians are at the gate”

May was wet, cold and miserable everywhere. Most stations around the country with the exception of a few on the western seaboard had their coolest May for between five and 19 years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Spring was also colder than normal but weather due to improve

A woman walks through a rain shower on May 31st in  Saint Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Temperatures will rise as the run of bad weather is set to end

 US singer Patti Smith  on stage on  the second day of the Primavera Sound music festival  at Parc Forum, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain,  May 29th, 2015. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

Forbidden Fruit promoters say ‘safety and comfort of our fans is of utmost importance’

Canon vs iPhone: Which is best for producing video packages?

Videography on the go: Capturing smartphone and DSLR footage

Screenshot from the National Archives web site detailing the extent of surveillance on the leaders of the Easter Rising.

Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) obsessively monitored future rebels

Hennessy chairman and chief executive Bernard Peillon: ‘Every time I sell a bottle of Hennessy I have to put three or four down in the cellar. This is a tough game.’ photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images Hennessy chairman and chief executive Bernard Peillon: ‘Every time I sell a bottle of Hennessy I have to put three or four down in the cellar. This is a tough game.’ Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Cognac house founded by an Irishman has ambitions to double Hennessy sales by 2030

The blustery and unseasonably cold conditions over the bank holiday weekend will continue with temperatures reaching just 13 degrees at the start time of the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin for the biggest event of its kind in the world

Race ready: Some 37,000 athletes expected to raise in the region of €12m for worthy causes

Internet stars Seán Mclaughlin and Melanie Murphy at a recent YouTube Irish Creators Day in Google’s Dublin offices. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There’s money to be made on YouTube: one 25-year-old makes up to €50,000 a year talking about lipgloss and anxiety. Another makes (...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mourners fill Foxrock church where they heard of ‘infectious joy’ of broadcaster

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in New York last week. Foo Fighters play Slane Castle on Saturday, May 30th, with gates open from 2pm. Photograph:  John Lamparski/Getty Images

Heavy rain forecast on Saturday night around time when Foo Fighters due to play

The Sunset Marquis hotel in west Hollywood where long-time U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan was found dead after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Band pray with preacher Rick Warren to help them deal with death of tour manager

 The dlr LexIcon library in Dún Laoghaire has divided opinion in the borough with some criticising it as overbearing and inappropriate. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire’s dlr LexIcon library and St Mel’s Cathedral among nominated projects

U2 singer  tour manager Dennis Sheehan (68) died suddenly of a suspected heart attack in  Los Angeles. Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez

'Irreplaceable' Dennis Sheehan (68) was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles

Elsie McDermid’s letter to her mother describing Dublin during the Easter Rising begins: “We are living in stirring times. I am writing this to be posted if there is any post office left.” File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Elsie McDermid’s description of the Rising to be put on view at Dublin City Libraries

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has won the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud takes top prize at Irish Restaurant Awards

Bono: “Marriage is not owned by any church, but instead owned by the community.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Singer celebrates on stage in Phoenix and declares ‘love is the highest law in the land’

Yes Equality Roscommon said it ‘watched in envy as well-known politicians in almost every other area in the country got publicly and deeply involved in the campaigns in their areas’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

In only county to vote No, campaigners complain local TDs failed to help Yes side

Two men from Co Meath have been killed after a light aircraft crashed on the border between Wexford and Carlow.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

The men, in their 50s and 60s, along with two dogs, left Athboy Aerodrome in a Cessna 172

Nativity scene in the Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Francis Street, Dublin. Fr Martin Dolan, the parish priest there,  has said he now feels accepted in Irish society following the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Fr Martin Dolan says church needs ‘new way of being’ after same-sex marriage accepted

Shocked Dunnes Stores staff in Gorey  were told on Thursday evening the store in the Gorey Shopping Centre was closing to the public immediately. More than 100 people work there. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Shocked workers meet at hotel to discuss abrupt closure of branch in Wexford town

Workers at Dunnes Stores in the Gorey Shopping Centre were called in by management at 6pm on Thursday and told the store was being closed immediately.

Management accused of leaving workers in a ‘despicable place’ without any explanation

Actor Brian Gleeson: been confirmed for the series which begins shooting in the summer and will air in the first quarter of next year

‘Rebellion’ will tell the story of Easter Week through fictional characters

Lord Henry Mountcharles: ‘Though I gave up [smoking] 40 years ago, it could still have been the cause of my lung cancer. If I see any of grandchildren smoking, I will be down on them like a ton of bricks. I regret ever having put one cigarette in my mouth.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

‘There was a time last year when I wasn’t sure the Foo Fighters concert would happen’

“The assault on Mouse Trap Farm was to be the Germans’ last attempt to take Ypres from the British. On the morning of May 24th, 1915, they drenched the Allied lines with chlorine gas along a 12 kilometre front.”

A place of dread for Irish soldiers

Some 300 years to the day after signing the deed of sale for the Mansion House to the corporation, on May 18th, 1715, Joshua Dawson’s descendant Lady Moyola (above right), the widow of Maj James Dawson Chichester-Clark, former prime minister of Northern Ireland, arrived to meet  Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Christy Burke (centre) for the occasion. Lady Moyola’s daughter, Tara Whitely, is at left. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Title deed signed over from Joshua Dawson to Corporation on May 18th, 1715

Fans gather outside the Vancouver venue where U2 will kick off the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Band has been rehearsing in city for past month, writes Ronan McGreevy in Vancouver

Members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association at the event at Rue du Bois. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Service marks centenary of ‘The Last General Absolution of the Munsters’

The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunio Matania. Image: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

On May 8th a memorial will be placed on the exact site in France where an Irish chaplain gave last absolution to ‘the Munsters’ ba(...)

Childhood screening for obesity is unlikely to work, experts says

Damon Albarn and the  Blur who have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Electric Picnic

Britpop stalwarts will be joined by Sam Smith, Grace Jones and Interpol

British author  Rudyard Kipling. Photograph: EO Hoppe/MansellGetty Images

The Nobel laureate and staunch imperialist was one of hundreds of thousands of British and Irish parents to lose a son to the wa(...)

The Lusitania moored in the Mersey in 1911. Cobh is to remember the sinking of the liner with a series of events. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins and ambassadors will visit Co Cork for anniversary events

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt,  once one of the richest men in the US, who died on board the Lusitania.

Alfred Vanderbilt’s grandson says sinking ‘was an act of international terrorism’

Ill-fated: RMS Lusitania on its maiden voyage from New York, in 1907. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The torpedoing of the Cunard liner, 100 years ago, was not the first mass killing of civilians in the first World War. But it gene(...)

Bono confirmed three dates in interview with the late Tony Fenton

Sarah Costigan, Director of Development, and Joanna Perry, (left) curator of the exhibition, with a self portrait of Christy Brown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Archives of man who wrote ‘My Left Foot’ bought for the nation at €44,820

Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Finance in angry exchanges with radio presenter over reports on RTÉ

The BAI has upheld a complaint against an FM104 radio presenter who described some supporters of the Irish language as being ‘nutters’, ‘mad’ and ‘insane’. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

FM104 broadcast also included comparison between language lobbyists and Taliban

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (left)  and  Sean O’Rourke. Mr Noonan accused RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke of “scraping the barrel” in his line of questioning about the disclosure of information in relation to Siteserv.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster says claim incorrect after Minster clashes with Seán O’Rourke over Siteserv

Marching song: It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’s combination of Irish emigrant lament and English music-hall caper made it irresistible to soldiers in the British army, seen marching in Berlin in the contemporary postcard. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

In the Great War, many Irish soldiers fought for Britain and Irish musicians wrote many British marching songs – but the Irish per(...)

Michelle Bell (left) at her home with her sister, Tina Kennedy. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Michelle Bell was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was six months pregnant. Her sister donated bone marrow to help cure her

Wounded   troops  during the Battle of Loos in France. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Irish priest survived the Battle of Loos and became known as ‘the saint of the trenches’

About 300,000  Three Ireland customers were affected by the disruption which started in the afternoon and carried on until 7.45pm.

Mobile network says unauthorised work by BT caused second disruption in a month

The Mothers and Fathers Mattercampaign group have contacted  gardaí about the issue of their ‘No’ vote posters being taken down. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin wants to clear Phibsborough area of ‘nasty posters’

 Conference organiser Myles Dungan: “It was as if the huge journalistic advances of the 19th century had never happened”

Mainstream newspapers doubted the veracity of reports from the front that they published

British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott (right) meets Joe Day from Whitegate in Cork, whose grand uncle William Cosgrove VC survived Gallipoli, at the Glasnevin Cemetery commemoration to mark the 100th Anzac anniversary. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/Fennells.

Tánaiste says at Glasnevin Cemetery event that such an event should never happen again

When he discovered that the previous occupant had lived in a chalet on site for 10 years, Greg Kinsella assumed that there was already planning permission to replace it. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong, and Wicklow County Council has been pursuing a case against him since his chalet (above) was first built in August 2012. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Earlier retention decision stiffened council’s resolve not to allow another precedent

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Government declines to use the word ‘genocide’ to describe events of 100 years ago

Last week’s order permits demolition of the home at Tinode, Blessington, Co Wicklow, on the N81 road between Tallaght and Blessington, of Gregory Kinsella, his partner and their young child. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

High Court decides date over Wicklow chalet after decision on demolition given last week

Choristers sing during a canonisation ceremony for victims of the Armenian genocide at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, a complex that serves as the administrative headquarters of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in Vagharshapat yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Republic’s Armenian community 500 strong marks the grim centenary of ‘great crime’

Armenians gather around a mountain chasm believed to be a mass burial site during an centenary  ceremony at  Dudan, near Diyarbakir, Armenia,   on April 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Government decides not to use disputed term to describe events of 100 years ago

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan says the garda involved in Yes campaign photocall ‘acted in good faith’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Registration event involving gardaí called off after backlash from No campaigners

Retired Supreme Court justice Catherine McGuinness with community garda Kerrie Sullivan at Pearse Street station, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Nóirín O’Sullivan says it was not appropriate that garda was part of Yes side photocall

 Labour junior minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “The first World War doesn’t seem to have achieved anything at all.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s great-great-uncle is one of 3,000 Irishmen who died at Gallipoli

Boyle Men’s Shed association has created a model of the Gallipoli V Beach landing in which members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Royal Munster Fusiliers were slaughtered.

Boyle Men’s Shed group invests hundreds of hours in making an accurate diorama

A uniformed member and a retired judge were both photographed with an enlarged voter registration form outside Pearse Street Garda station. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

No campaigner describes Yes photo as a blatant attempt to politicise the gardaí

Retired Supreme Court justice  Catherine McGuinness with community garda Kerrie Sullivan at Pearse Street station, Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

Campaign group say Garda station photo-call was to encourage voter registration

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