Adrian Hopkins admitted four previous shipments of arms from Libya for the IRA. He skipped bail in France but was arrested in Ireland in 1990 and in 1991 was sentenced to eight years in prison, five of which were suspended.

The daughter of the skipper of a ship that smuggled IRA arms from Libya to Ireland in the 1980s described him as “an adventurer and a risk-taker” at (...)

Detectives in Larne are appealing for information about an armed robbery at a shop in Carrickfergus on Friday evening

Detectives in Larne are appealing for information about an armed robbery at a shop in Carrickfergus on Friday evening. At about 5.30pm, a male describ(...)

Blackhead Lighthouse and its ruggedly beautiful surrounding area on Islandmagee peninsula. Photograph: Tourism Northern Ireland

The clouds over Blackhead darken quickly. The wind picks up and rattles the timber-framed sash windows on the cliff-edge cottage. Sheets of rain th(...)

Some members of the crews taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland to raise awareness of sailing for people with disabilities. Front row: Gary Crothers (skipper of yacht Kind of Blue and committee member of Foyle Sailability. He lost the use of his left arm after a car crash) and Aideen Corr (Kind of Blue crew and Foyle Sailability committee member who has Parkinson’s disease). Back row, from left: Ken Curry (Kind of Blue crew), Luke Farren (Dream Machine crew), George McCormick (Dream Machine skipper), Kim Banks (Aaraura crew) and Vicki Smith (Aaraura crew). Photograph: Trevor McBride

Sailors of varying levels of ability are taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland from Greencastle, Co Donegal, to raise awareness of sailing for (...)

A Co Antrim man allegedly wielded a knife and hammer in attacks on relatives and their homes, a Belfast court has heard.

A Co Antrim man allegedly wielded a knife and hammer in attacks on relatives and their homes, a Belfast court has heard. Gary Hartley (47) faces a tot(...)

‘Sport is sport, and it’s not really a place where you’re trying to make major statements about other things.’ Above, Dublin Devils before a recent match in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 2:24

As the marriage referendum draws nearer, Irish people are left to contemplate not only the issue of matrimony, but the broader narrative of attitud(...)

Westminster elections

Sir, – I have just been reading an account of a parliamentary election in Carrickfergus in 1807 where 20 men went to the polls as only men with suffic(...)

Gardaí closed the R232 for a period after the crash to facilitate a technical examination of the scene.

A rugby coach is still being treated in hospital for injuries sustained when a bus carrying an U14s rugby team overturned in Donegal on Saturday. The (...)

The R232 Laghey to Pettigo road has been closed for a technical examination.

A number of children have been taken to hospital after a bus carrying an U14s rugby team crashed in Co Donegal. The crash happened at 2.50pm on the R2(...)

Stephen Tumilty (35), Craigs Road, Carrickfergus, was due to stand trial next week for having the prohibited weapon and 15 drugs offences. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

A Co Antrim man has pleaded guilty to possessing a mobile phone stun gun. Stephen Tumilty (35), Craigs Road, Carrickfergus, was due to stand trial nex(...)