Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “Everybody has to be very conscious of the great importance of these anniversaries . . . We need to be very dignified and very respectful.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Fein is currently examining how best to commemorate those who died in the First World War and deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they mad(...)

A CGI issued in 2015 of what College Green in Dublin could look like with Luas Cross City in place. Dublin City Council, however, is due to unveil an even more radical vision for College Green in the coming days

There is speculation that planners and designers at Dublin City Council are about to propose an even more radical vision for College Green than that (...)

A house Thornton Roofing worked on for  Patrick Bradley which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

Three Northern Ireland-based businesses with ambitious expansion plans are hoping to deliver 117 jobs for Derry and Co Antrim. Family firms Thornton (...)

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

Leslie Greer (98), who worked as an analyst in Bletchley Park during the second World War. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One woman’s role in the extraordinary work carried out in Bletchley Park, Britain’s second World War code-breaking and intelligence-analysing centre, (...)

People take a selfie by floral tributes in front of James Cochran’s mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London,  two days after the announcement of Bowie’s death. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

In response to the news of David Bowie’s death last Monday, millions of people took to Twitter and Facebook to express their sadness and grief. There (...)

“The Red Hand, that ubiquitous symbol of Ulster, straddles the political and sectarian divide.” 

The question of which foot you use while digging has in Ireland long had a significance that goes beyond matters of horticulture. But during a visit t(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin reading Easter 1916 by WB Yeats in Hargadons Bar, Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Even over Christmas, the regulars at Hargadons pub in O’Connell Street, Sligo refused to let Yeats down. The pub – which in 1864 opened its doors the(...)

Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

In a world full of smartphones, selfies and Instagram moments, why would anyone take the time and trouble to draw or paint a portrait? The answer is,(...)