Van Morrison performs live on Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, on his 70th birthday, August 31st, 2015. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/

Moments before Van Morrison came on stage at Cyprus Avenue, East Belfast, for the first of his much-anticipated 70th birthday concerts, the rain began(...)

Comedian Darren Walsh after winning the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2015 award at the Edinburgh Fringe. Photograph: Martina Salvi/Dave/PA Wire

Comic Darren Walsh has scooped a prize after showing off the pundamentals of his craft at the Edinburgh Fringe. The pun specialist scooped the gong f(...)

Kentucky Rose Emily Hughes   with Rose of Tralee host  Dáithí Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

A doctor, a cancer survivor, a cancer survivor who wants to become a doctor, and a PhD student were among the finalists in the first night of the Rose(...)

Eight people were found dead inside a home following the arrest of David Conley, who exchanged gunfire with police, Texas authorities said Sunday. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP Photo 1:46

A 48-year-old man has been arrested an charged in connection with the deaths of eight members of a Texas family who were shot dead in their home at th(...)

‘The bicycle is rightly recognised as a core part of the solution to the multiple problems generated by car use. Photograph: Getty Images

Cycling advocates maintain much of the recent commentary on bicycling behaviour falls into the category of “dangerising” cycling – that is, misjudging(...)

Every region of the State, bar one, has seen an increase in child homelessness. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Child homelessness outside Dublin is increasing at almost three times the rate it is in the capital, the latest figures from the Department of Environ(...)

Commuters stand at an open doorway of a suburban train during the morning rush hour in  India. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is planning to “employ” thousands of begging minstrels who work the country’s vast rail network to (...)

Victims of human trafficking should be compensated from a special fund, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Victims of human trafficking should have access to a special compensation fund or be directly compensated from funds held by the Criminal Assets Burea(...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan gave the three-judge Court of Appeal’s judgment which was the dismiss the couple’s appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Brazilian couple and their five children have lost their legal bid to prevent their deportation from the State. The man came here lawfully in 2002 o(...)

Former MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then British cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over claims made by two sources about the MP.

Senior British intelligence officers warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a “penchant for small boys” risked causing it political(...)