The number of homphobic motivated incidents and crimes reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has risen by 14 per cent year on year.

The number of homphobic motivated incidents and crimes reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has risen by 14 per cent year on year(...)

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has said that he and he and his wife Sabina have been moved by the support he has received since assuming office. Presiden(...)

Lichens growing on a stone statue in the historic gardens of Mount Stewart, Co Down. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Loving lichen

Here’s a little quiz for you . . . Which widespread organism is found on almost every garden surface (soil, trees, some evergreen leaves, walls, ro(...)

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)

Young Laurie Lee: His memoir of growing up in a Cotswold village between the wars, Cider with Rosie, proved a triumph. It enabled him to become a full-time writer but he never managed to reproduce its success.

Being a “one-hit wonder” can be something of a mixed blessing; it is better than no hit but the question why it cannot be repeated is ever present. La(...)

Protesters demonstrating in London. In farmers’ eyes, animal rights activists feel sympathy for the badgers culled in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in a trial last year, but none for them or  their stock. Photograph: PA

David Barton’s family has worked Manor Farm in Middle Duntisbourne for five generations. The farm is situated near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, in (...)

Barry Geraghty riding Shutthefrontdoor 
celebrates winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing’s weird synchronicity appeared to ensure a Boylesports Irish Grand National famed for outsiders and “little-guy” winners wound up being won (...)

Handout photo of a vehicle on fire at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, where a mother and two children were forced to flee their car when it overheated and then caught fire in the lion enclosure. Photograph: Reuters

A mother has described the “dilemma” she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure. Helen Cleme(...)

A piece of new graffiti street art, claimed to be by the secretive underground guerilla artist Banksy, which appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham this weekend. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Mysterious street artist Banksy appears to have unveiled his latest creation — targeting the issue of British government surveillance. T(...)

Tony Blair: could be called to give evidence. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair may be called before a House of Commons inquiry (...)