Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Punk Rock: Rhys Dunlop, Jonah Hauer-King, Ian Toner and Rory Corcoran in Simon Stephens’s play. Photograph: Neil Harrison
Teenage kicks, teenage angst
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In the run-up to the release of Good Vibrations, the biopic about Terri Hooley, the record-shop owner who helped shape Belfast’s punk era, the novelis(...)

Sun worshipper: August Engelhardt, founder of the Cocovore community

‘There’s this true story about when Oliver North came to Ireland,” says Adrian McKinty. “It’s a crackpot idea, but he gets himself an Irish passport a(...)

Alex Higgins is to be the subject of Eoin McNamee’s next novel, Hurricane, supported by a £15,000 grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A musical about Lough Derg, a fiction based on the life of snooker star Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and a novel about a small-town weekly Northern(...)

Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland; John Hartnett, President, Irish Technology Leadership Group; and Martin McGuiness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, posing with the throne from the television series, Game of Thrones
Don’t mention the C-word

Late last year I was asked by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Artworks initiative to address a seminar in Belfast’s Ulster Museum on the subject of commu(...)

It’s complicated: ‘It would be a lovely thing, just forgetting for a minute Britishness or Irishness and just being proud to be Northern Irish,’  says Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

As a young boy, the Belfast pianist Barry Douglas regularly came face to face with the bewildering issue of identity. He recalls instances in south Be(...)

The removal of a permanent vehicle barrier from the Border between Strabane, Co Tyrone and Lifford, Co Donegal in 1998. But could the Border disappear completely?

Thirty-eight years ago Seamus Heaney wrote the poem Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. It described “The famous Northern reticence, the tight gag of place(...)

“This place, I tell you”: a protester during the flags dispute. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Keep or scrap the Border?

Back in the 1990s, between the ceasefires and the Belfast Agreement, I commented to an Italian journalist who was in Belfast to write an article on ou(...)

Good Vibrations

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