One Direction’s Niall Horan (2nd right) meets Queen Elizabeth of Britain at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Three years ago, a photograph of a Cork fishmonger, Pat O’Connell and Queen Elizabeth II, both beaming with laughter, became the image of her S(...)

Pat Egan in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pat Egan is still in the game. The years since his first dalliances with live-music promotion have become decades, but Egan is still out there hoping (...)

Cmdr Chris Hadfield signing copies of his book in Easons today. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Former International Space Station (ISS) commander Chris Hadfield has thanked an anonymous individual who bought books for people waiting in line to s(...)

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(...)

A file image showing astronaut Chris Hadfield celebrating St Patrick’s Day on the  International Space Station.

Former International Space Station (ISS) commander Chris Hadfield is to appear at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January. Cmdr (...)

Chieftains members Triona Marshall and Paddy Moloney give a performance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Traditional music veterans The Chieftains have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to music.Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Kev(...)

Van Morrison to play Waterfront Hall gig in Belfast to celebrate  his being conferred the freedom of the city. Photograph: Dani Cardona/Reuters

Tickets for a free Van Morrison concert will be drawn from a lottery. Fans are being invited to enter the online competition for the gig in his native(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
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Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Van Morrison who has said he was ’honoured and delighted’ to have been granted the freedom of his native Belfast. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Van Morrison yesterday expressed his pleasure at receiving the freedom of Belfast and announced he would play a free concert the night he was official(...)

George Best with Swedish former Miss World Mary Stavin, publicising their fitness routine for lovers, “It Takes Two To Shape Up And Dance.”

Relax. This column does have something to do with George Best. But it will not relate – or only fleetingly in this sentence – that enormously tedious,(...)

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