Facilitators (from left): William Devas, Jacinta de Paor, Eamon Rafter, Barbara Walshe, Phil Killeen, Geoffrey Corry and Ian White at Glencree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In peace processes there are always the high-profile people – politicians and former military or paramilitary leaders – who make the headlines and gar(...)

A liquid mix of different beneficial bacteria, yeast and fungi restores life to the soil with wonderful results. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s funny how things change. Or, rather, how our attitudes to things change. Take, for example, antibiotics, which only a few short decades ago we(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

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(...)

Prince Charles is the patron of National Police Memorial Day. Photograph:  Shirlaine Forrest/WPA Pool /Getty Images

Prince Charles joined several hundred people in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast today to remember police officers who were killed in the line of duty.T(...)

Prince Charles who is due to attend a National Police Memorial Day event in Northern Ireland today. Photograph: Getty

The Prince of Wales is to attend a National Police Memorial Day event in Northern Ireland today for officers killed while on duty.British home secreta(...)

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

Joan Rivers. US talk-show host David Letterman said the force of her comedy was overpowering. Photograph: Jeff Schear/Getty Images

Comedians, friends and fans yesterday paid tribute and mourned the loss of Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued, comedy legend who died a week after (...)

Sir Trevor McDonald:  “Especially as this city has known the privilege of welcoming our commonwealth brothers and sisters to the Games just past, it is right that we pause now to remember their contribution.”

For the Rev Laurence Whitley, there were no answers, only questions, as he stood in Glasgow Cathedral to begin the UK’s commemoration of the outbreak(...)

Far from resenting the vampire myth, people in Transylvania regard Bram Stoker as a hero. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The medieval town of Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania is breathtakingly beautiful. Its narrow, cobbled streets, its brightly coloured houses, t(...)