A message in a bottle  washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest. Photograph: Marine Biological Association/PA Wire

When the distinguished marine biologist threw his message in a bottle into the sea, asking whoever found it to contact him, he wasn’t expecting a spee(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader is among the most vocal proponents of the EU. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support (...)

If any band can take on the challenge of scoring a 1929 silent documentary about a North Sea fishing expedition from the Shetland Islands, it’s Fie(...)

When it comes to Northern Ireland, names such as JW Anderson and Sharon Wauchob immediately spring to mind as fashion designers who are recognised (...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaicin Edinburgh The Scottish National Party has redrawn the political map of Britain with a landslide victory that all but wiped out L(...)

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty

The Scottish National Party is on course for a historic landslide after a spectacular surge for Nicola Sturgeon’s party all but wiped out Labour north(...)

Detail from Thicket by Anthony Lyttle

Thicket – Anthony Lyttle Cross Gallery, Dublin **** Anthony Lyttle was born in Kisumu, Kenya, in 1960, but has spent most of his life (...)

Loft Trading, a collection of handmade accessories for men, is the brainchild of Belfast-based graphic designer Chris Tyndall, a sharp dresser with(...)

The hull of an upturned cargo vessel off the coast of northern Scotland. Search efforts for the eight missing crew members have resumed. Photograph: Wick lifeboat/British Royal National Lifeboat Institution/EPA

A cargo ship has sunk below the water as coastguards continue the search for the eight members of its crew.A major search effort was mounted after the(...)

Waypoint will lease two Sikorsky S-92s and two Agusta Westland AW139s

Limerick-based helicopter financier, Waypoint Leasing, has agreed deals to supply four craft to two clients.Waypoint, whose helicopter fleet is valued(...)