A consignment of cigarettes seized at Dublin Port represent a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.6 million, if assuming they would have displaced the equivalent fully tax-compliant quantity of cigarettes from the market. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Cigarettes would represent a €3.6 million loss to the Exchequer if sold on black market

Umbrella weather as heavy rain falls on Dublin in July 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Summer 2015 not that bad says Met Éireann - though colder and wetter than normal

 Barry Corcoran (39),  from Wicklow Town, who was last seen on the morning of  July 6th last in Ballyfermot. Photographs:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Jobseeker’s benefit not collected, funds not accessed and phone silent since July 6th last

Frances Fitzgerald: ‘I need to examine precisely where that decision  has come from.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Migrant Rights Centre ‘astounded’ that 25,000 names and addresses are accessible

Stuart Rosenblatt, president of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh with the genealogical lists at Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive on Pearse Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Volumes of births, marriages and deaths go back to the 17th century

Michael Collins, who was sent to Frongoch in Wales following the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Wales village became home to 1,800 republican prisoners following events of 1916

Dublin and Ireland feature strongly in most enjoyable city and country to visit

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Handgun and iron bar used in raid at Kildalkey

Gene Simmons of Kiss. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

Bassist not under suspicion as police believe he may have been a victim of hacking

Rose of Tralee  Elysha Brennan pictured in Tralee’s town park  on her firse day as the Rose of Tralee . Photograph: Domnick Walsh

‘I’m not the next Maria Walsh, I’m the new Elysha Brennan,’ says medicine student

Roses arrive into the Dome in Tralee as Dathi Takes to the stage. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

Ratings winner: Popularity boosted by social media as #roseoftralee trends worldwide

 Rose of Tralee 2015 Elysha Brennan.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Meath Rose Elysha Brennan (22) says she never imagined winning would be possible

Eibhlin’s daughter Dorothy Moriarty Henggeler was the Washington Rose in 2011.

Eibhlin Henggeler, who lost her daughter to a brain tumour two years after she was the Washington Rose, on the importance of the (...)

The conference featured some 250 business entrepreneurs, along with former competition winner Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

Rose of Tralee business conference told number of women involved has doubled

Kentucky Rose Emily Hughes   with Rose of Tralee host  Dáithí Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Definition of a talent stretched to include ability to recite the 32 counties in 10 seconds

The Roses walk in Tralee Town Park at the opening of the Rose Walk dedicated to 2011 Washington DC Rose Dorothy Henggeler, who died last year. Photogaph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The Henggelers, whose daughter was in 2011 event, buy the Fels Point Hotel in Kerry

Smoke billows over the Japanese city of Nagasaki after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city August 9th, 1945. Photograph: Reuters

Salters Stirling, former academic at TCD, says there were at least another three there

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh parachuting into Tralee Town Park  with skydive instructor Karl Carey, at the Skyfest Air Display on Sunday. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Skydiving holder ‘running on adrenalin’ as she completes one of the last tasks in her reign

Kevin Kilbane: I now understand what participation in sport actually means. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of participants and supporters to take part over two weekends

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli in 1915 attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Getty Images

7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers suffered terribly in failed attack on Turkish positions

Francis Bailey says the war “was not a piece of history for me. It directly affected my life.”

Michéal Martin among the many Irish people whose relatives fought in the Far East

Seamus O’Hara, chief executive of Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery. “Independent breweries are run by people who are interested in beer; the beer conglomerates are run by accountants.”

Founder of Carlow Brewing Company sees potential for further significant growth

Ray D’Arcy will still have his afternoon show on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

Veteran presenter to vie for guests and ratings with the Late Late Show

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery, is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ.

Documentary to be made for RTÉ to tell story of 1916 rebellion from British perspective

Bullet For My Valentine: "Venom is our best album. It’s exciting times."

Michael Paget from Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine takes time out from their US tour with Slipknot to talk about new album(...)

Studies among 7,000 surgical patients found patients were significantly less anxious after surgery having listened to music. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Music can reduce pain and anxiety during the surgical process, ‘the Lancet’ reports

Annual celestial extravaganza will reach its peak after midnight

Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé  enjoys the event’s launch with contestants at RTÉ. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The 32 hopefuls vying to be Rose of Tralee have stories of triumph and tragedy to tell

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Blasphemy expert tells Parnell Summer School that an entire community was stigmatised

François Hollande: intervention in Greek crisis was part of France’s “historically self-imposed vocation to represent the cause of humanity”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

Parnell Summer School told France has always had a sense of its own importance

 Former World War Two pilot  Ted Veal (93)  and friend Ann Colfer on the front row of Tayto Park’s Rollercoaster ‘The Cú Chulainn Coaster’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Wicklow-based Ted Veal was the sole survivor of a bomber which crashed in Italy

 Dr Aidan MacCarthy, from Cork, of the RAF, who survived Dunkirk, the fall of Singapore, having his ship torpedoed and time in a POW camp, before being in Nagasaki on the day on the atomic bomb was dropped

Dr Aidan MacCarthy was in POW camp: ‘I thought we had arrived at Judgement Day’

Cian O’Connor riding to victory on Good Luck. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

First Irish win for three years brings return to good old days of showjumping

 Greg Broderick  (left) and Bertram Allen  parade after winning the Aga Khan Trophy during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Rides by Allen, O’Connor, Broderick and Kenny secure first Nations Cup in three years

Eddie Downey: said the Irish Farmers’ Association’s proposals were centred on sustainable job promotion.  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Government must help if a ‘two-tier recovery’ is to be avoided, IFA president Eddie Downey says

Laura Jayne Halton, winner of best dressed at Ladies’ Day at the  Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Laura Jayne Halton scoops Ladies’ Day prize at RDS with monochrome dress and cape

The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Photograph: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Inset: Sr Julie Canny

Sr Julia Canny: ‘Everywhere people lay either dying or dead from the flash of radiation’

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli in 1915 attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Getty

A hundred years ago, Irish soldiers fought at Gallipoli, and suffered terrible losses

Shanbally Blazer looks on as Maria McNamara from Galway takes a phone call, at the Dublin Horse Show, in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Every corporate hospitality package sold out weeks ago for the five days of the RDS show

 Lisa Bruton from Malahide attends to her horse ahead of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in Dublin.   Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Event features rising talent Bertram Allen and Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina

File photograph of Martin “Matt” Kivlehan, who has been  found dead in Sligo.

Two held over death of musician (59) as gardaí treat incident as murder case

The giant inflatable minion that fell on the Swords Road on Monday. Photograph: Twitter

Incident referred to planners after 10 metre inflatable falls onto oncoming traffic

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Remains of man (59), found in apartment on Holborn Street on Monday afternoon

Binaca Paun, Simona Zlatariu, Estera Zlatariu, Ezechial Zlatariu and Danial Spirache, members of the Roma community, at a tribute in Merrion Square to the Roma and Sinti populations who were killed in the Holocaust. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Extermination of their people was only officially recognised in 1982

A duck enjoys the cool water in the afternoon sunshine through Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent, England on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Holiday alerts for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick

Jim Roche re-enacting the graveside oration of Padraig Pearse, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa at Glasnevin cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pearse graveside oration regarded as a rallying cry for republicanism

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has accused Sinn Féin of running a parallel programme of commemorations for Easter Rising 2016.

Party defends parallel event commemorating Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral

Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on his death bed in New York. File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

‘Mr P Pearse delivered a panegyric. He said that he spoke on behalf of a new generation’

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement, photographed shortly before  his death. Photograph: Getty Image.

Chief Secretary to Ireland told police there must be ‘no interference’ in funeral

Ryan Tubridy in 2005 when he started his 9am RTÉ Radio 1 slot. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Tubridy states he has ‘mixed emotions’ about leaving 2fm after five years

Punters at the Galway Races attempt to take shelter from the rain. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wet, cold and miserable conditions to continue for the rest of month and into August

Sheila O’Leary, aged 93, in Dublin: ‘My father didn’t talk much about 1916. He talked more about the Boer War.’

Sheila O’Leary may be the last living person whose parents were both in GPO during Rising

The funeral of Larry and Martina Hayes leaves  the Church of St Peter & Pauls, Athlone for the cemetary. Photograph: Collins

Funeral of Larry and Martina Hayes, killed in Tunisian attack, brings Athlone to standstill

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

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