Orange Order marchers are reflected in a puddle during  parade  in Belfast on Monday marking the Twelfth of July celebrations which  commemorate the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

The Twelfth of July parades are an unrivalled show of community solidarity, the grand master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson has told Orangemen a(...)

Police and the loyal orders have said they hope the annual Twelfth of July celebrations pass off peacefully on Monday. Thousands are expected to take part in more than 800 parades with many more expected to watch the spectacle. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

A contentious Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast took place peacefully this morning. There was a heavy police presence(...)

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, (...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

 Paddy Butler scores Munster’s  third try in the Guinness Pro 12 play-off at  Thomond Park. Photo:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Ospreys 18 Wild celebrations yes, but relief wasn’t the half of it as Munster nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before then s(...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to the Munster side for their Pro 12 play-off semi-final against the Ospreys. Photogrpah: Inpho

Captain Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo both return to the Munster side for their Pro 12 semi final against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. O’Mahon(...)

23-year-old Gareth Anscombe, who is from New Zealand but has a Swansea-born mother, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

Gareth Anscombe, the 23-year old New Zealander with a Swansea-born mother, has been named in the Wales squad less than three months after leaving the (...)

Brownswood House, a 19th-century estate in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and No 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris’s Latin Quarter share one thing in common – Ei(...)

The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

I don’t grow medlars (Mespilus germanica), but last week’s sight of Airfield Gardens’ gnarly old tree, its twisting branches heavily laden with these (...)

A father of five who threatened a Garda with a knife while he was covered in his own blood has been given a three-year suspended sentence

A father of five who threatened a Garda with a knife while he was covered in his own blood has been given a three-year suspended sentence for this and(...)