Angela McGowan, the CBI’s regional director for Northern Ireland: “The type of Brexit that Brexiteers are pursuing has never been adequately defined.” Photograph: Pacemaker

“Pandora’s Box has been opened and people want something,” says Angela McGowan, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) regional director for No(...)

Frederick G Donnan: during the first World War he assisted in improving the production of chemicals needed for manufacturing explosives and mustard gas. Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

Two of the most significant engagements of the first World War took place in 1916. The Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the war, began (...)

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney at the launch of the ‘Head On’ concussion management programme in February. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

‘Tackle him, Winter!” bellowed my schoolmaster from the touchline. A pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, where obedience was prized and rugby demanded a (...)

The oldest school in Belfast is celebrating its 230th anniversary with the help of pupils and eminent alumni. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Whether it is in politics, in the arts, or on the Ireland rugby team, you do not have to look very far to find a Belfast Royal Academy pupil making(...)

Jack Kyle with captain Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to win their second Grand Slam in 2009, 61 years after the first was inspired by the Belfast man. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Kyle was the very best, the loveliest of players and the loveliest of men – Cliff Morgan Justine McGrath recounts a story from her childho(...)

Jack Kyle congratulates Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland’s second Grand Slam in 2009. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland has lost one of its all-time sporting legends with the death of Jack Kyle. Out-half on the Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby team of 1948, the(...)

Ulster’s Stuart Olding makes a break during the province’s Pro12 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Wales, last Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

There were no more pleasing sights on the opening weekend of the Guinness Pro 12 than that of Stuart Olding gliding and stepping and carving his way t(...)

As a labour correspondent, and deputy editor of both the Guardian and the Observer, John Cole, who has died aged 85, was one of the leading print jour(...)