Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

Wireless Mystery players:  Aislinn Clarke, Reggie Chamberlain-King with the rest of the cast

Going to see a play and then spending most of the evening with your eyes shut sounds absurd. But relying solely on what your ears are telling you i(...)

President Michael D. Higgins: “The appalling and escalating loss of life” in Gaza was a “tragic example of the failure of diplomacy”, he told the John Hewitt summer school in Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has expressed alarm at escalating developments in the Middle East and Ukraine. In an address yesterday to the John Hewitt(...)

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(...)

DAN KEENANVan the Man became the Belfast freeman last night when, before an audience of 2,500, he was conferred with the city’s highest honour. Van M(...)

The proposal to grant Van Morrison the freedom of Belfast is expected to receive the backing of Belfast City Council next month. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Van Morrison is to receive the Freedom of Belfast, the highest honour that Belfast City Council can bestow. It is expected that the council will agree(...)