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The  story of a primary-school teacher, Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and wounded during the Easter 1916 uprising, has rightly caught the eye of Dublin journalists

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Italy’s would-be Prime Minister has said that “only a mentally ill person” would want the job right now, as the eurozone’s third biggest democracy continues to tie itself in knots.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury will play the theme tune from the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley when he makes his radio presenting debut on Easter Sunday.

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With another month of snow forecast, you probably want a holiday. And quite right too - but where?

Almost everybody seems depressed by the constant chill weather. But our Head of Travel has a handy guide for how to beat the gloom in Spring. Try Barcelona!

Ewe greedy beasts! Lambs sheltering from icy cold weather feast on a quarter of a million chocolate Easter eggs

Lambs tried to scoff a pile of a quarter of a million chocolate eggs being stored ready to be given to children

Grow up, teachers. You knew what you were signing up for

Teaching can be a very pressurised job, but when you go into it you know that you will have to take some work home - complaining about that just sets a bad example

Brian McDermott is glad Leeds Rhinos chilled out

The double postponement of Leeds’ Super League derby at Wakefield at the weekend could prove to be a blessing for the champions, according to their coach, Brian McDermott.

Hundreds of Post Office staff in Easter strike

Workers at hundreds of Crown Post Offices are to strike on Easter Saturday in a dispute over closures, jobs and pay.

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Hear the word ‘pastel’ and you may think pale pinks and retro florals, but as a new book shows, they are only part of the story. Kate Burt reports

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Don't put your winter coat away just yet: White Easter looms as commuters battle ice, snow and appalling driving conditions

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Get me out of here: Avignon, Sorrento, Wales

Now... From now until 5 May, Kirker is offering three nights with breakfast at the Crillon le Brave, near Avignon, for £659pp. The deal includes BA flights from Heathrow to Marseille and car hire, so you can explore the rolling Provençal countryside around. Kirkerholidays.com

Sigh of relief on the high street as trading levels climb to highest for three years

Trading on the high street bounced back strongly last month to its highest level for more than three years, giving retailers a much-needed fillip.

The Meaningful Chocolate Company, a company “passionate about ethical trading and faith”, has produced the eggs for three years

Easter eggs: what would Jesus eat?

It feels like the Anglican Church has given up railing against the lost meaning of Easter eggs – it’s sponsored its own.

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Like Marlowe and Caravaggio, Carlo Gesualdo is an artist whose work is given an unnecessary added frisson by the murkier circumstances of his private life – in the case of this 16th-century Italian nobleman, the double murder of his adulterous wife and her lover, the Duke of Andria.

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