Marchers take part in the annual Rossnowlagh Orange parade in Co Donegal on Saturday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

The Orange Order has publicly invited President Michael D Higgins to take part in the organisation’s only annual parade in the Republic.Grand Master(...)

Lofty London

London is not as big as it seems. Elaborate bus routes, colour-coded tube maps and thick A-Z indexes can conjure an overwhelmingly complex metropolis.(...)

Flanked by body guards Australian-born entertainer Rolf Harris (C) arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London today. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Rolf Harris has been jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sex crimes involving four girls.The 84-year-old entertainer, a family favou(...)

It takes a Cork person. Pat Murray, president of the Cork branch of the Royal British Legion, reduced Queen Elizabeth to laughter when he reminded her(...)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Cenotaph in Coleraine.

Queen Elizabeth concluded her busy three-day visit to Northern Ireland by travelling to Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday to lay a wreath at the town’s (...)

 Queen Elizabeth  visits Crumlin Road Gaol with Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left)  and  First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph:  Paul Faith - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

In the one speech she made during her three-day visit to Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth focused on the theme of reconciliation and of her hope t(...)

The queen visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast’s Titanic quarter watched by cast members Lena Headly, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, and Conleith Hill, who plays Lord Vary. Photograp: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Old lags, oh the stories they can tell. The visit of Queen Elizabeth generated something of a feel-good factor in Belfast yesterday. There was a goo(...)

Members of the public await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside the Crumlin Rd prison in Belfast, on the secon day of their visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA 1:28

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, former guest of her majesty Queen Elizabeth in Crumlin Road jail, turned tables on the British monarch this morn(...)

Queen Elizabeth  meets Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at a private audience in Hillsborough Castle tonight. Photograph:  Aaron McCracken/Harrison Photography via Getty Images.

Queen Elizabeth and Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness passed another peace process milestone when they held their first private, “posit(...)

Queen Elizabeth is to meet Martin McGuinness for the third time, tomorrow. They first shook hands in Belfast in 2012.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth today begins a three-day visit to Northern Ireland when she will for the third time meet former IRA leader and Sinn Féin Deputy Fir(...)