Guitarist Kerry King of Slayer: “When I was growing up, there were obvious guitar heroes – be it Richie Blackmore, Tony Iommi,  Priest guys, Iron Maiden – guys to make me aspire to want to be like that guy.”  Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

Has the guitar lost its pre-eminent place in musical culture? Kerry King from seminal metal band Slayer thinks so

Bryan McMahon, chairman  of the working group on direct provision, said those in the system were ‘hollow men and women with scooped out personalities and moving like zombies in some cases’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Former High Court judge Bryan McMahon welcomes progress but warns of refugees ‘dying before our eyes’

An Australian flag at a memorial to the first World War. The grievances of Australian farmers over commodity prices paid during the war were such that the country’s governor-general  warned “rebel Irish and syndicalists” would come to power. File photograph: Getty Images

Loss of conscription referendum in late 1916 led to panic over ‘rebel Irish and syndicalists’

Amelie O’Grady (10), Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare, performs caretwheels, at a special event for children, as part of the Centenary Programme at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Eric Luke

President Michael D Higgins welcomes children to talk about their vision of the future

A group of Republic of Ireland fans at Stade de France in Paris for the Euro 2016 game against Sweden.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strike by Air France pilots left fans cutting it very fine to get to the Stade de France

Matthew Hyland on top, (from left) Martin Quinn, Philip Cleary and Shane Keegan all from Rathfarnham on their way to Paris for this evening’s game against Sweden. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

‘We just want to get to the match. We don’t care how we get there. We just want to get there’

TravelWise is a new app from the Department of Foreign Affairs which contains information on every country in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs releases app with safety advice for every country

 Seán Mulligan, Seán Evans and Ben Ellard from Nass, Co Kildare settle into French life. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

Tens of thousands of Irish football fans depart for the European Championships

The last newspaper journalism awards  were held in 2013 and attracted 800 entries, with Kitty Holland of The Irish Times winning journalist of the year for breaking the story of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

National Lottery to sponsor NewsBrands Ireland journalism awards

Irish and Romanian soccer fans in Versailles ahead of Euro 2016. File photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Department of Foreign Affairs advises those travelling to the tournament to be vigilant

ESB crews are out trying to restore power. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Status Orange thunder warning in place as homes and businesses affected by conditions

Gardaí at the scene in St Joseph’s Park in Finglas, Co Dublin, where a man was stabbed in the early hours of Monday morning. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Man (18) being detained after Wesley Mooney killed on Dunsink Lane in north Dublin

File photo of a paraglider in the Alps. Photograph: Jan Pitman/AP Photo

Man in his 40s dies at Ben Head near Gormanston on Saturday evening

After a boy was knocked of a bike in Co Waterford on Sunday, the air ambulance service was summoned immediately and the nine-year-old was taken to Cork University Hospital.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Boy was on his way at the time to help father milk cows at Rathgormack, Co Waterford

Garda forensic officers at Hills Lane in Tallaght, Co Dublin,  where a man’s body was found on Sunday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Gardaí identify dead man in his 30s, believe killing unrelated to other shootings in city

In June 1916, two divisions, the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) had taken their place along the Western Front in France for a major summer offence.

This summer tens of thousands of fans from both parts of Ireland will journey to France for a joyous festival of football. Many wi(...)

Det Sgt Matthew McLoughlin from Ballycommin, Co Tipperary, was Kitchener’s personal protection officer when the HMS Hampshire hit a mine and sank on June 5th, 1916

Metropolitan Police attempt to locate relatives of top official’s personal bodyguard

Three for joy: triplets Sophie, Katie and Elizabeth Ní Mhaolain (13), from Baltray in Co Louth, at the 10th Bloom festival yesterday in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Visitor numbers over the weekend expected to easily surpass the 100,000 mark

The Irish flag flies above the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin. The Republic has lost its status as the country that contributes the most to humanity in the latest Good Country Index. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Republic loses status as the state that contributes the most to humanity in new index

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said: “It does not come as any surprise that some of the recommendations in that [O’Higgins] report are recurring recommendations.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Commissioner says clear there is a lot of work to be done by Garda to reassure public

  William Brennan, Joe O’Connor, Tola Collier, Alan Battersby and Steve Garry of the Ashbourne Re-enactment group on ‘Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden’, designed by Fiann O’Nuallain for this year’s Bloom festival.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This year’s festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park tackles past and present suffering

Wreaths are thrown overboard during the commemoration that took place in Belfast on HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland:  some 350 Irish sailors were lost  in that terrible event which remains the biggest clash between battleships in history. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Relative fights back tears as she recalls her grandfather’s return to a different Ireland

 The HMS ‘Caroline’ is the last remaining vessel from the 1916 Battle of Jutland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Refurbished HMS ‘Caroline’ is last of 250 ships from first World War conflict in existence

The Health Service Executive (HSE) noted that a large majority (86 per cent) of patients surveyed expressed satisfaction at the hospital food. File photograph: Alan Betson

Body says poor nutrition affects quarter of patients but fifth of hospitals do not screen for it

Thousands of households in north Dublin will have a reduced water supply on Saturday while repairs to a large main are being carried out. Photograph: Irish Water

Irish Water works on Saturday affecting areas near the Phoenix Park

 Kevin Vickers Ambassador of Canada to Ireland (wearing light coloured mac jacket) tackles Brian Murphy as he attempted to disrupt proceedings during a State ceremony to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Collins

Brian Murphy is a member of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association

Bruce Springsteen fans queuing up a day early outside Croke Park on Thursday to secure front-row places at Friday night’s gig. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Queuing overnight not allowed – but diehards reveal unsurprising commitment

A protester is removed from the State ceremonial event marking the deaths of British Soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman military cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kevin Vickers involved in arrest of man during event to remember British dead

Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger said the Government was intent on introducing a privately-run scheme which “put profit over the interests of people”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Finian McGrath defends Fit for Work programme against Opposition criticism

 Complaints against Ray D’Arcy in relation to an interview he carried out with Father Ted writer Graham Linehan and his wife Helen have been partially upheld. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Complaints about discussion with Graham Linehan and wife on their experience upheld

After the shooting in Dublin this morning of Gareth Hutch, two gunmen got into a black BMW  car, but it appears not to have started, so they fled on foot. Above, gardaí remove the car from North Cumberland Street this afternoon for technical examination. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Assistant Commissioner admits latest gang feud murder ‘extremely worrying’ for gardaí

The process over the question of potentially fracking for gas in Co Leitrim has been suspended pending a study commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency. File photograph: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Exploration companies have expressed interest in fracking for gas in Co Leitrim

Garda scene-of-crime personnel investigate the shooting of  Gareth Hutch at  North Cumberland Street, Dublin, May 24th, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gareth Hutch feared for his safety and had phone linked to Emergency Response Unit

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s north inner city in which a close associate of the Hutch family was killed. Photograph: Collins

Dublin man is latest victim of Kinahan-Hutch feud

 Seo Linn (above) were given the task of writing and recording a song for Euro 2016 after meeting FAI chief executive John Delaney on Easter Monday. The tune’s called The Irish Roar. File photograph: PA/PA Wire

Seo Linn’s ‘The Irish Roar’ has traditional feel with echoes of glory days of Irish soccer

  Bruce Springsteen performs a concert as part of The River Tour 2016 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain,  May 21st, 2016. Photograph: JP Gandul/EPA

Luas strike, Aviva match and typical Friday night exodus will hit city transport network

Two new schools under Educate Together patronage were announced last week. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

President says ‘pioneering’ Educate Together programme is now mainstream

 Katherine Nolan performing at Future Histories at Kilmainham Gaol on Saturday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne

Free event is part of the Arts Council Easter Rising centenary programme

Many students were reported to be furious as they had booked flights abroad for the summer and foreign students fear they will have to return to sit the exams. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It is thought business studies questions were seen in advance and posted on Facebook page

Etáin O’Moore, principal of Ardscoil Éanna which was founded by James  O’Byrne. One of its most famous past pupils is actor Gabriel Byrne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former owner stipulated Ardscoil Éanna in Crumlin should close when she died

Clive James said the imminence of his death had made him reflect on his life and he had concluded that he was an “unusually unwise young man until quite recently”. File photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

Author tells The Last Word it is amazing he is still alive after terminal cancer diagnosis

Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz are  escorted away by British troops after the Easter Rising. Photograph: Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland

Was it for this? – Reflections on the Easter Rising begins and ends with Irish Times editorials but in between is a whole spectrum(...)

Troops of the Tyneside Irish Brigade on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. photograph: the art archive/ imperial war museum  Troops of the Tyneside Irish Brigade on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. Photograph: The Art Archive/Imperial War Museum

The Tyneside Irish Brigade of the 34th Division suffered some of the worst casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme (...)

Wounded Allied soldiers lie on stretchers near the village of Ginchy, waiting for evacuation by horse-drawn ambulance. Photograph: Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images

The 16th Irish Division paid a terrible price for its heroics in the capture of the Frenchvillages of Guillemont and Ginchy in 191(...)

Protest against fracking in Fermanagh in 2014. Oil and gas company Tamboran has expressed an interest in fracking in a cross-border area between south Fermanagh and north Leitrim.

‘Strong evidence’ that controversial gas extraction process causes medical problems

Luna community manager Leo Molloy said they were ‘over the moon’ at the win which they attributed to hard work

Restaurants Association of Ireland awards gives top prize to Italian-American themed eatery

Captured at the launch of Bloom 2016 were Eva Casey (5) and Doireann McNally (5). It takes place from June 2nd-6th in the Phoenix Park and organisers say it will be the biggest to date. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Largest Irish garden festival expected to attract 100,000 over bank holiday weekend

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend a number of official events to mark the events of 1916 and the role of Irish-America in the Rising. Photograph: Bloomberg

Opening of the “Ireland 100” festival at John F Kennedy Center starts three-week festival of Irish arts and culture

Irish Water has said householders are liable for water charges bills up to the end of March.

Utility states customers must pay outstanding balances despite suspension of charges

 Evie O Connor (4) from Kingswood & Ava D’Arcy (3) from Inchicore enjoying the good weather at the Pope’s Cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Spare a thought for Star Wars film crew, they had to use water tankers due to lack of rain!

The event will highlight  indigenous business successes such as medical devices company VistaMed (above)

County uses business showcase to display its strength in food, tourism and creative sector

Stonebreakers’ Yard in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. A commemoration ceremony for Michael Mallin, Éamonn Ceannt and Sean Heuston has taken place at the jail. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The only surviving child of an executed rebel leader was honoured at the Dublin service

Antonio Banderas in The Legend of Zorro (2005). The Irish man who inspired the character Zorro was tried by the Spanish Inquisition, a new book has revealed.

William Lamport was one of the Irish victims of the Spanish Inquisition, new book claims

Pupils of the Lion King junior cast from Scoil Realt na Mara, Kilmore, Co Wexford, Best Overall School Musical Winners at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Almost 3,000 entries received from nearly 250 schools in pursuit of prestigious honours

Independent Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae    who has claimed that climate change does not exist.

Independent TD told a climate change committee ‘only God controls the weather’

Stonebreakers Yard at Kilmainham Gaol where 1916 Rising leaders were exectued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Plunkett, Daly, O’Hanrahan and Willie Pearse all commemorated

Three generations of Thomas MacDonagh’s relatives. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Tipperary community unveils life-size statue of Rising leader and poet executed in 1916

Patrick Pearse’s grandnephew, Patrick Pearse and his grandson Jamie Preston, pause to look at a plaque baring his name during a ceremony to commemorate Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh, who were executed after the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First three killed, Pearse, Clarke and MacDonagh, commemorated on centenary

A cross marks the place where James Connolly was executed, sitting in a chair, in the stonebreakers yard at Kilmainham Gaol. photograph: frank miller

The executions of the leaders turned an insignificant rebellion into the defining moment of our history

Letter to his mother used as evidence

Concerned evidence would suggest appeal

Trial dominated by mistaken identity

Was he executed because of his name?

Proclamation likely a factor in death sentence

Charged with assisting Britain’s enemy, Germany

Caught up in the aftermath of Rising

One victim died in France about the same time his wife Margaret was shot on the streets of Dublin at Easter Week 1916. Photograph: PA

A plaque has been unveiled in Hulluch, northern France, to men killed in gas attack

 Great-nieces of Bridget Stewart (11), who died in 1916, attend the commemoration ceremony. Deirdre Billane, Marie Connolly, Lilla Peppard, Annette Delaney and Doreen Boylan were among those there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Forty children lost their lives through being caught in crossfire during the Easter Rising

The GPO after the Rising. Relatives of the victims of Capt John Bowen- Colthurst are to seek an apology from the British government for his actions during Easter Week

British officer was responsible for deaths of at least five during Rising, including Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

Dorothea De Courcy Wheeler Findlater (106), at home in south Dublin. Her father Henry De Courcy Wheeler was staff captain to General William Lowe who took the surrender from Patrick Pearse. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dorothea Findlater (106) recalls ‘a mass of flames across the sky’ as the Rising unfolded

Racegoers contending with hail on the third day of the Punchestown festival. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Biting northerly wind leaves racegoers huddling for what shelter they can find

Shane Lowry said his career as a golfer made him appreciate how lucky he was.  Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Golfer said everybody should support the ‘One for Ireland’ campaign

The poppy wreath at the memorial to the Volunteers who died at Mount Street Bridge, photographed before it had been removed.

Floral display had been left to honour those who died in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge

President Michael D Higgins at the Military Archives  at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The €5.4m project was one of the flagship programmes of the 1916 commemorations

Gardaí and forensic teams remove a body from the scene of the shooting at Sunset House, Summerhill, this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Second man shot in Clondalkin after killing at Sunset House pub on Summerhill Parade

Oisín Totten (8) from Derry marches with the South Derry Re-enactors at the Reclaim 1916 parade and open air pageant and concert.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Great granddaughter of 1916 rebel leaves flowers for first policeman to die in Rising

 Census enumerator Ciaran Lynam in the Gardiner Street area of Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Completion of document is legal obligation and failure to do so may result in €25,000 fine

Soldiers in formation during the State religious ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising leaders at Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archbishop tells Arbour Hill event ideals of rebels must not be betrayed

Lieutenant Gerald Neilan was the first British officer to die in the Easter Rising.

Gerald Neilan was the first British officer to die in the Rising; his brother was a rebel

Commemoration ceremony for Con Keating, Daniel Sheehan and Charlie Monahan who drowned when the car they were in went off the pier at Ballykissane pier outside Killorglin on Good Friday night 1916. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Three Irish Volunteers drowned when their car went off the pier in Co Kerry

The Air Corp performs a fly past during a ceremony at Banna Strand in Co Kerry to mark the centenary of the capture of Sir Roger Casement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Wreaths laid at Banna Strand to mark centenary of capture after arrival on U-boat

Countries such as France, Belgium and Portugal have signs such as this one, to warn motorists they must leave a 1.5m gap when overtaking cyclists

Cyclist Philip Skelton is campaigning for the introduction of a minimum 1.5m overtaking space

Barbara Connolly, safety officer at Cycling Ireland, in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cycle Right, set up by Cycling Ireland, has developed a programme to improve bicycle safety

Phyllis Kelly and Eric Appleby: The English soldier and Athlone woman  met at a dance in March 1915

Letters between British soldier and Irish lover show full horrors of the war

Walking wounded: Gassed, John Singer Sargent’s painting of soldiers in the British army blinded and otherwise hurt by chlorine during the first World War. Photograph: IWM via Getty

More Irish people died in the Hulluch gas attacks, fighting in the British army, than during the rising against British rule at ho(...)

Julia Poirier, book conservator with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, photographed looking at an opening text of the Ruzbihan Koran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

President to open Chester Beatty exhibition of ‘extraordinarily beautiful’ Islamic art

File photo: Ireland currently has the 4th worst income inequality in the EU ranked just below the UK, Belgium and Bulgaria Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

OECD figures confound Proclamation claim to ‘cherish children equally’, says Unicef

 Tusla chief executive Fred McBride said simply removing children from a place where there may have been abuse can cause its own difficulties. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Agency chief says priority should be on removing abuse or abuser from homes

A group of healthcare organisations wants to see greater use of IT measures such as electronic referrals and action to address the issue of GP stress and burnout.

Healthcare organisation call for consensus approach to develop primary care

Reese Kilbride told the queen that he had been learning about the Easter Rising and was puzzled as to why Ireland was partitionedPhotograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images.

Queen politely declines to get involved in debate about the future of the North

On the set of the new Irish movie The Flag which is a comedy from the same creative team behind Pure Mule and Eden.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Grandson of man who raised ‘Irish Republic’ flag over GPO inspired to make comic film

Former US senator George Mitchell described the Good Friday Agreement, which he chaired, as one day of success which had been preceded by “700 days of failure”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former US senator speaks of ‘doubt and despair’ before Good Friday Agreement

Jillian Godsill, High School Past Pupil,  Padraig Allen, Aschivist at St John Ambulance and Ciara O’Keeffe, the Ceramic Artist who created the Sackville Street Art Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Public contribute installations to remember each of the 262 civilians killed in the Rising

The corrected memorial wall at Glasnevin cemetery. The fada was originally over the first ‘i’ not the ‘E’  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Group defends decision to list Andrew Cunningham as civilian, not Irish Volunteer

Some 149,000 people were listed as living in apartment blocks in the last census, 55,000 of them in Dublin city

Thousands may be omitted if enumerators cannot get into blocks and gated communities

The location of the new runway at Dublin Airport set to open in 2020. Photograph: DDA/PA Wire

Second runway a ‘fait accompli’, say Portmarnock locals affected by expansion move

The Little Museum of Dublin is to receive a 2016 European Union prize in the Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards.

Museum praised for its ‘charming way of representing Dublin’s people’

The Uniphar Cross Atlantic Cycle, now in its fifth year, takes place from September 4th to 8th and is a 600km trek from Dingle to Westport along the Wild Atlantic Way. File photograph: Getty Images

Uniphar Cross Atlantic Cycle hopes to raise €100,000 for Cross cancer research at TCD

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