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Anton Thompson McCormick above the beach at Ballycastle. As a teenager he had heard Iris Robinson, then the chair of Stormont’s health committee, on BBC Radio Ulster, declaring that her Christian beliefs told her that homosexuality was “an abomination”.

“It’s a limed nest, this place, I see a plain Presbyterian grace sour, then harden, As a free strenuous spirit changes To a servile defiance.../ (...)

The man fell from the cliffs at Fair Head near Ballycastle, Co Antrim

A man in his 60s has died after a climbing accident on Fair Head cliff near Ballycastle, Co Antrim. The man was recovered from the bottom of the clif(...)

Way forward: Thoughts can became actions that change the world, in ways that appear small but are in fact unmeasurable. Photograph: Kieran Doherty

Grace is “a thought that changed the world”. So sang U2 in Grace, a track on their 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It is an audacious clai(...)

 File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A man has died and another is seriously injured following a collision between two motorbikes and a 4x4 in Co Meath. The crash happened in Johnstown a(...)

Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: recused himself from the 2013 Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Funeral arrangements for Antrim-born Cardinal Keith O’Brien (80), who died on Monday, have yet to be decided by the Vatican. Former Archbishop of St(...)

Galway players line up ahead of this year’s Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Galway’s arrival into the Leinster hurling championship in 2009 put an end to one of the more ridiculous anomalies in the GAA world. For years, hard a(...)

Marcks, black wool felt wide-brim hat with tilted crown, made to measure (£235/€285), by Marie Claire Ferguson

Marie Claire Ferguson may not be a name well known down south but, in the UK and elsewhere, this Northern Ireland-based milliner has established a re(...)

The Twelfth of July Orange Order march arrives onto the Crumlin Rd in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

This year’s annual Twelfth of July celebrations in the North have been described as the most successful, peaceful and trouble-free in years by police (...)

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said those who wish to see a united Ireland should be “open, imaginative and accommodating” in their approach to bringing it about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Achieving a united Ireland could involve “transitional arrangements” short of unity that could include continued devolved government in Northern Irela(...)

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