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

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

Former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland. Mr Ringland was one of the attendees at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, where Lord Diljit Rana urged the State to consider rejoining the Commonwealth.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lord Diljit Rana says State should have ‘serious debate’ on benefits of membership

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

CDM Smith has track record on contentious gas extraction method in the US and Poland

The Galway Bay Brewery already operates ten pubs selling craft beers alongside other drinks Photograph: PA Wire

The Beer Market will sell beers by numbered tap, rather than by name

Inspector Michael O’Connor said thieves are using fishing rods and hooks to prise car keys from hallways and hall tables late at night.

Garda warns gangs are stealing cars to order and exporting to west Africa

Davitt House, home of the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal has heard that a  Dunnes Stores employee was fired for serving alcohol to a customer under the age of 18. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Company claims Anna Perenc dismissed after serving bottle of wine to 16-year-old

‘This is the reality of the Proclamation as envisaged by the men who fought for it. These were not some political thieves in the night stealing the revolution from the people. These were the revolutionaries and they saw securing national sovereignty as trumping everything, including social justice.’ Above, Éamon de Valera  inspecting troops outside the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, Dublin on the 25th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

‘Before considering how the men of 1916 would interpret the Proclamation, it is instructive to remember how they did interpret the(...)

A new fibre broadband service unveiled in Cavan town will allow download speeds comparable to cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong

Cavan is the first town in the State to trial 1GB broadband

Kidney donor Mahon Murphy; kidney recipient Lia and her baby Colm; kidney recipient Jack; mother Síle; kidney donor and also kidney recipient father Sean; and Bob, three times kidney transplant recipient.  The Murphy family attended the national launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Murphy family from Co Waterford have had seven kidney transplants between them

The eastern bongo population has been decimated by humans hunting for meat and horns combined with habitat loss caused by agriculture and uncontrolled timber felling. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Dublin Zoo

Just 140 Eastern bongos left in the wild due to hunting and uncontrolled timber felling

 Capt Frederick Dietrichsen of the Sherwood Foresters died in an ambush on Mount Street Bridge in 1916. Photograph: Gary Quinn

Patrick Mercer believes such a gesture would be the ‘ultimate reconciliation’

 Pádraig Fay and his cousin Mia O’Neill, who has Cystic Fibrosis, at the launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses National Awareness Week from April 20th-26th. Photograph: Alan Betson

65 Roses Week will hope to raise €100,000 to aid sufferers of the chronic disease

Broadcaster Colm Hayes with Jim Breen before the businessman set out on his 1,400km run. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Businessman has been running more than a marathon a day since March 30th

Photographs by T.W Murphy/ Willow Press

Images taken by journalist TW Murphy will be made public for the first time in 95 years

The failure of the Three mobile phone network triggered a flurry of activity on social media. Photograph: Bloomberg

Customers unable to make phone calls or send text messages due to technical fault

Children scavenge in rubble during the 1916 Rising. More than half of casualties were civilian. Photograph: HultonGetty

Civilian deaths accounted for over half of 485 casualties in 1916 events

Two of the three men involved in the row on the Luas and the security guard who intervened, were stabbed.

Security guard knifed as he intervenes to stop fight

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has launched UCD’s programme for the Easter Rising centenary. The programme includes a major  conference providing a global context for the events of 1916.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Event will give global context to 1916 as part of university’s centenary commemorations

Lakeside bike rides: Center Parcs’s expertise in holiday retreats should eventually be visible in Ireland’s Co Longford

Hard work pays off for county quietly building its tourism offering in recent years

 Actor Liam Neeson, who will narrate the Easter Rising documentary The Irish Rebellion. The   documentary’s premier will be simulcasted in Irish embassies across the world to local audiences.  Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

The Irish Rebellion’s premier will be simulcasted in Irish embassies to local audiences

A commemoration parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising passes the GPO in Dublin city centre in 2006. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Events a ‘once in a lifetime invitation’ to public to participate, says Taoiseach

The Moore Street buildings, the scene of the last acts of the Easter Rising,  were declared a national monument in 2007 but have been derelict for years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Commemorative centre to be built on site where rebels agreed to surrender in 1916

Cumann na mBan member Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and injured during the Easter Rising. She was one of over 200 members of Cumann na mBan whose applications are contained in the archive.The files outline the women’s injuries, the risks they took and their heavy involvement in military action during the 1916 Rising and and the Civil War.

Heather Humphreys says commemorations will not ‘glorify violent bloodshed’

Irish PoWs in Giessen camp, Germany, during the first World War. Photograph: Humbolt University, Berlin.

At least 10,000 Irishmen spent all or some of the first World War in a German camp

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department of Foreign Affairs claims ongoing communication with Egypt government

Russell Crowe attends a press conference for new film The Water Diviner at Claridges, London last week.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Australian embassy in Ireland says film promotes relations between Australia and Turkey

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President will inaugurate series of international events in honour of the Fenian leader

 Minister for Energy Alex White has said that local people affected by windfarms must be given a ‘genuine stake’ in energy policy decision-making for Ireland to meet its targets on renewable energy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy says citizens need stake for Ireland to meet targets on renewables

The BAI has announced its guidelines for the forthcoming referenda, including a recommendation that campaigning presenters should not be on air in the run-up to the vote. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Body advises that presenters who actively campaign should be absent before referenda

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Pascal Donohoe  launch the Government’s tourism policy at Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Revenues envisaged to grow by 40% with target of 10m visits per year by 2025

Irish captain Paul O’Connell holding the RBS Six Nations trophy as the Irish rugby team arrived back at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish team greeted as they return in triumph to Dublin Airport

Ireland fans get a grip on the RBS Six Nations Trophy as the rugby team arrive back to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No official homecoming but crowds turn out in their hundreds

The number of awards was up by 16 per cent, from 10,656 to 12,420. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Board says insurers are increasingly using its services to settle claims

Edward Russell from the Cairdeas project meeting President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday,  where   a St Patrick’s Day reception  was  hosted for some 120 volunteers who work with the homeless.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President says homelessness a ‘failure of social and economic policy’

‘Operation Transformation’ 2015 leaders with Kathryn Thomas: research by Safefood shows the programme inspired a social movement across the country.

‘Operation Transformation’ is more than just another reality show

Tony McCoy got the victory he desperately wanted at his last festival. It was the most satisfying of all his 31 victories at Cheltenham, according to his wife Chanelle. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

‘We’ll miss you AP’ flashes on big screen as champion jockey enters winner’s enclosure

Winning owner Michael O’Leary and jockey Davy Russell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D’Or took the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day. Photograph: PA

‘Hail Mary’ prospect Rivage D’Or obliges to secure win in dramatic cross country finish

May 3rd, 1916: Bomb damage near what was then Sackville Street in Dublin following the Easter Rising. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Glasnevin Cemetery claims it has published the most definitive list of fatalities.

Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill, Co Leitrim at the festival. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Clean sweep for Mullins-Walsh partnership but horse falls at the last fence

Tony McCoy’s last hurrah as a jockey at Cheltenham will be in the final race of the festival, which has been named in his honour. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

Send-off of all send-offs expected for retiring champion

Members of the Irish Women’s Hockey team pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin where they met President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina to celebrate International Women’s Day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

President praises female sports stars as role models and says they deserve more coverage

Charlie Flanagan: Government  ‘strongly committed to  protection of domestic workers’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employment Appeals Tribunal awards €240,000 to three women treated like ‘slaves’

A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

Hugh Wedlon and Ahmad Mu’azzam first to reach the final destination of Lake Bled in Slovenia

“The GAA is not a vehicle for other people’s political messages. You leave your politics at the door,” the organisation said.

Association says it must not be a ‘vehicle for other people’s political messages’

 A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

Some 88 pairs of students fan out across Europe in attempt to get there first

Some of the students who will be telling the stories of Irish soldiers lost during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Youngsters from the 32 counties have each ‘adopted’ a soldier from their own county

Bomb damage in Dublin following the Easter Rising. “We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next 100 years,”  Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Major funding project is part of Government’s centenary programme

 Róisín Ingle and Natasha Fennell at the launch of their book, The Daughterhood. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ingle collaborated with Natasha Fennell on book about mother-daughter relationships

General John Maxwell presided over the secret military tribunals which ordered the execution of the 15 leaders of the Easter Rising and changed the course of Irish history.

TCD historian Eunan O’Halpin believes no British general would have acted differently

 Jim McCann, former singer with The Dubliners and the Ludlow Trio, has died aged 70.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

McCann also had a successful career as a solo artist and a member of the Ludlow Trio

Audrey Hepburn: In 1981, she wrote a letter to Fidelma Hepburn, her father’s widow

Actress agonises over her second divorce in hand-written correspondence

A group of Irish men from Garryowen, Co Limerick, members of the British army,  at the Giessen POW camp during the first World War.

Thousands of Irishmen imprisoned in German army camps during first World War

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said.

Florence and the Machine and Underworld confirmed as headliners

The memorial commemorating  what happened at Iron

The execution of the Iron 12, six of whom were Irish, by the Germans remains one of the great unknown stories of the first World W(...)

Michigan judge Michael J Riordan remembers his unfortunate ancestor, John Nash from Kerry, who was executed

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