British Open winner Rory McIlroy is greeted by Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

British Open champion Rory McIlroy turned up to Stormont yesterday and stood between the North’s two leaders like a prize student between favourite u(...)

As in life this schoolyard game was kind of dominated by the strong but mistakes were rarely if ever commented on. Photograph: Inpho

The GAA’s progressive and inclusive Go Games initiative was in the sports news recently, as was some discussion on Liveline on RTÉ radio on the sub(...)

 Actor Luke Andrew Feeney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the dawn of time – or at least the dawn of the automobile – teenagers have had a reputation for being a lazy, self-centred bunch with more ho(...)

Lykke Li: ‘The older you get, the more refined you become, and you can step into the light and become a real woman’

Lykke Li has had the blues and that’s okay with her. Without the melancholy and ennui that followed the break-up of a relationship, the Swedish sin(...)

By the letter: Neil Young’s covers album is only available on vinyl, and it’s  a stunner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past, recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology” is the rather grandiloquent quot(...)

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 (...)