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Anthem hero's death marked Obama was bad student -- Trump

The 100th anniversary of the death of the composer of the Irish national anthem was marked today.

A plaque was unveiled and a pageant and flag-raising ceremony held in honour of Patrick Heeney.

He composed the music for Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song) in 1907 at his home in Mecklenburgh Street -- now Railway Street.

The musician lived in the heart of Monto, the infamous red-light district, in Dublin's north inner city. He died in poverty in 1911. The hoisting of the Citizen Army flag at Liberty Hall by James Connolly and Molly O'Reilly in 1916 was re-enacted outside Liberty Hall at noon by Mr Connolly's grandson, James Connolly-Herron, and Ms O'Reilly's daughter, Constance Corcoran.

Obama was bad student -- Trump

Property mogul Donald Trump has suggested that US president Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended.

Mr Trump, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he had the legitimacy of the president's birth certificate.

"I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said in an interview.

"I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."