“Rory’s got that real athlete’s body now,” said Greg Allen of RTÉ of the world’s number one golfer, Rory McIlroy, “not totally ripped, in the Tiger Woods sense; he’s just superbly conditioned, especially when you watch him from behind”. Photograph: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

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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(...)

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