Billy King

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A 12th of July parade through Tandragee. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

What is “The Twelfth”? It is the annual Ulster Protestant celebration - held every year on July 12th - in religiously divided Northern Ireland that c(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

A stack of leaflets in the reception of the Museum of Orange Heritage in south Belfast shows a cartoon of golf club wielding Orangemen marching on to (...)

Jan Carson: “That’s what intrigued me, that there is a line there between what’s real and believable.”Photograph: Alan Betson

A few years ago, the writer Jan Carson was in Washington DC, reading from her story, Larger Ladies, which is set in a fantastical private clinic where(...)

The stirrups can be seen in this painting, ‘The Battle of the Boyne’, by Dutch artist Jan van Huchtenburg

The most mundane items can, by chance, become extremely valuable if they acquire the magic of provenance. A pair of 17th-century riding stirrups, in C(...)

Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Nir Bitton celebrates with team-mates after scoring Celtic’s  second goal in the Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Photograph:  Russell Cheyne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Scottish Premiership round-up: Kallum Higginbotham scored a dramatic and cheeky late penalty as Kilmarnock came from behind twice to snatch a 2-2 draw(...)

Protestant members of the Orange Order pass the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on their way to the main parade. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

There was a small attendance at 9am Mass in St Patrick’s Church on Belfast’s Donegall Street as Orange bands passed outside. They were on the way to t(...)

Celtic fans unveil a banner depicting their version of the four horsemen of the apocalypse during the Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“I got feelings in my skin.” “What kind of feelings?” “It’s hard to say, kid. You know quite a bit before water boils, it gets to heavin’ around? That(...)