Rik Mayall (left) with Adrian Edmondson. Photograph: PA

Rik Mayall, who has died suddenly aged 56, was a phenomenal and outrageous performer, a leading light of the “alternative” comedy circuit that emerged(...)

A temporary English Heritage style blue plaque in Hammersmith, west London, dedicated to the comic actor Rik Mayall who died yesterday. Photograph: Rupert Basham/PA

Rik Mayall’s daughter has paid tribute to her “generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father” after his death aged 56.The star, who shot to fame playin(...)

Patrick O’Kane: ‘I find that my perspective on many things is through the prism of being a Belfast man, even though I don’t live there any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

As the photographer frames a shot of Patrick O’Kane, sitting still and unsmiling in the Abbey auditorium, he makes a comment that the actor has pro(...)

The Very Rev Matthew Byrne, who has died aged 85

The Very Rev Matthew Byrne, who has died aged 85, was a Church of Ireland clergyman, writer, radio producer, presenter and contributor, artist, lingui(...)

A studio portrait of Roger Casement. Casement  was hanged for treason after trying to land a large shipment of German arms at Banna Strand near Tralee in 1916.

A conference of international scholars to “examine and interrogate” the global legacy of Roger Casement is taking place this week in Tralee, Co Kerry.(...)