The Girli Concrete artwork in the entrance hall to the Playhouse theatre in Derry, which was created by  Ruth Morrow and Trish Belford. Photograph:  Martin McKeown

Imagine concrete wall with a velvet finish or a floor made of concrete but with the feel and texture of moss. “Concrete is usually perceived as being (...)

Sarah Price’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 garden. Photograph: Clare Takacs

Subtle, thoughtful and planet-friendly, there is a delicacy and intelligence to the work of the British garden designer Sarah Price – one of the key s(...)

The company expects to invest £500 million per year by 2021 to develop purpose-built student accommodation in the UK and Ireland. Photograph: iStock

US-based CA Ventures is to invest millions of euro in developing student accommodation in Ireland, with plans for more than 500 beds in Dublin and Bel(...)

Joyce Russell: lifelong gardening passion began in her childhood in the Yorkshire dales. Photograph: Ben Russell

If there’s one lesson that gardening teaches – and in truth it teaches many – it’s that none of us comes into this world a great gardener; instead we (...)

James Mahon reporting from Mosul in northern Iraq for CBS News.

The little black plastic wheels roll swiftly along the spotless white floor. You are on your phone because you live through it now, a link that can’t (...)

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Where do you start with Eddie Izzard? The first activity mentioned in any potted biography will still be “stand-up comedy”. In the early 1990s he gain(...)

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(...)

Liverpool fans hold up a banner   at Anfield: After nearly three decades of lies, smears and evasion on the part of the police and their allies in the press and politics, federation chairman Steve White said it was time to “draw a line” under Hillsborough. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire

At their annual conference in Bournemouth this week, Britain’s police federation held a minute’s silence for the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsbo(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “Who would entertain the idea of an education programme about the dangers of smoking being designed and delivered by an organisation that is funded by tobacco companies?” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People who buy alcohol in off-licences and drink it within safe levels will pay just 30 cents more a week under legislation to impose a minimum price(...)

I’m having a ‘meadow’ moment. Actually, not so much a moment as a sustained yen for my very own ‘pictorial meadow’ – the term first coined by profe(...)

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