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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

Thorntons blames heatwave for profit meltdown over Easter

The scorching weather this Easter has caused a meltdown at the chocolate-maker Thorntons, forcing it to warn on profits for a second time in three months.

New figures fail to lift gloom for retailers

Figures showing slightly better-than-expected sales in the run-up to Easter failed to lift the gloom for downbeat retailers today.

Hot weather hits Thorntons chocolate sales

Chocolatier Thorntons issued a profits warning today as it blamed the record temperatures in April for a meltdown in Easter sales.

Huddersfield muscle past sliding Salford to reach summit again

Huddersfield 52 Salford 22

Dave Hadfield: A great Easter weekend of games

Alright, the Bradford-Leeds game was more a case of drama than sheer quality, but that’s the sort of teams they are at the moment.

An Indian Easter – Gods, Qawwals and Gurus

My Easter Sunday started with an Archbishop of Canterbury tale and continued with news of the death of Sri Satya Sai Baba, 84, India’s most revered guru.

The Christian world celebrates Easter

People gathered around the Christian world to celebrate Easter Sunday, with Pope Benedict XVI using his Easter address to call for peace in North Africa and the Middle East.

Easter worshippers arrested at service

Chinese police detained at least 30 Christians belonging to an unregistered Beijing church as they gathered for an Easter service yesterday.

Business Diary: Kraft boasts about Easter dominance

Give them top marks for persistence at least. Kraft Foods, the American company that caused such disquiet with its hostile takeover of Cadbury, has published a jaunty little rundown of the way its brands have been dominating Easter the world over. The idea was presumably to generate some goodwill, though revealing that you've bought Easter does rather confirm the prejudices some people have about big business. Still, Cadbury fans will be pleased to hear creme eggs are popular from here to Canada.

Pope leads Easter Mass in packed Vatican square

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, packed with about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists and ablaze in the bright colors of spring flowers as the faithful marked the church's most joyous day of the year.

Being Modern: The Easter weekender

A holy moment of reflection, if you'll allow. Let us consider the origins of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and today, Resurrection Sunday. Let us meditate on events marked by this central feast in the liturgical calendar. Let us punctuate this holy weekend with the appropriate sense of prayer before we pepper our piousness with an egg hunt to sprinkle some fun on proceedings.

Fears of dissident Easter offensive in Northern Ireland

Security forces in Northern Ireland were on full alert today amid fears that dissident republicans could unleash an Easter offensive.

Stephen Foley: A question of 'when', not 'if' – and not 'who'

Outlook So the Greek authorities are investigating a stock-market rumour that it plans to use the cover of the Easter weekend to "restructure" – read "default" – on its debt.

M1 to fully reopen after blaze

The fire-damaged section of the M1 will open fully again from tomorrow but there could be further closures in the future so permanent repair work can be done, it was announced tonight.

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