Crowds gather for Belfast’s Tall Ships festival. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Taking a boat ride around Belfast harbour in advance of the Tall Ships weekend, one couldn’t help but marvel at the transformation between now and 24 (...)

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The British government’s demand for major spending cuts in Northern Ireland is now a greater threat to the peace process than dissident republicans, N(...)

Orange heritage: the museum’s replica lodge room. Photograph: Graham Curry

The new Museum of Orange Heritage began causing controversy before its doors even opened to the public. A billboard for the interpretive centre, wh(...)

The late Ian Paisley with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the carbine musket (circa 1685) that Dr Paisley presented to him. Photograph: David Sleator

A gun famously presented to Bertie Ahern by the Rev Ian Paisley during a ceremony on the site of the Battle of the Boyne was a loan and not a gift, (...)

Sir James Galway, a world-renowned flautist, said Ian Paisley snr was indirectly responsible for some deaths during the Troubles in a BBC Radio Ulster interview. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley snr’s family has sought legal advice after Sir James Galway suggested the late former first minister was indirectly responsible for some o(...)

 Bill O’Herlihy with John Giles (left) and Eamon Dunphy:  Some treat sport too seriously, others not seriously enough, because they don’t get the impact it can have on people’s lives – O’Herlihy got the balance just right. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times 6:03

Bill O’Herlihy would most probably have smiled to see himself top of Ireland’s Twitter trending list all day as tributes poured in after news of his p(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson  and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  together in St Patrick’s Church in Belfast on May 21st, 2015, days before Mr Robinson was taken ill. They made the church visit during the recent trip to Ireland  by the Prince of Wales. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

With a reputation as an unforgiving negotiator with ice in his veins, Peter Robinson is viewed as a hardline leader of the DUP.The former estate agent(...)

‘This year was marked by lots of flaws, the most annoying being a frequent insistence on unnecessary loudness.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography 3:28

There’s always a lot to think about at the Dublin International Piano Competition. It was nearly impossible to listen to the 63 young players who p(...)

Alastair Seeley leads William Dunlop during qualifying at the Northwest 200. William and his brother Michael were riding behind their father Robert when he died in a crash during practice on the circuit in 2008. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

You know you are there when you arrive. You couldn’t be anywhere else but the Joey Dunlop Recreation Centre. Ballybogey, Bushmills and Armoy sweeping (...)

DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr, who has been re-elected in North Antrim. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Following his victory in the constituency, DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr admitted it was “unusual” to have fought an election without his father at his side, (...)