Cork Constitution’s Liam O’Connell and Alex McHenry celebrate after their win over Terenure College in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Semi-Final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Cork Constitution head coach Brian Hickey says his side are “very much underdogs” heading into next Sunday’s Ulster Bank League final, despite the fac(...)

“Instagram at its very best is a potent mixture of beautiful, original imagery and informative, witty, inspiring text”

For years, I’ve sniffed at Twitter, rolled my eyes at Facebook and snorted at Snapchat. But then just when I couldn’t get any more toploftical, along (...)

How does any novice gardener transform the dirty, grey soil of what was up until recently a busy building site, into the kind of crumbly, chocolate-coloured growing medium in which plants will happily grow?

In last week’s column, I wrote about the many challenges of designing and planting a small garden. But what of the special challenges presented by a b(...)

Barry McGovern in Samuel Beckett’s First Love which is being performed in the O’Reilly Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

First Love ★★★ O’Reilly Theatre Only Samuel Beckett could carve a love story out of excrement. Indeed, his narrator discovers the nature of his fee(...)

In the week Paris marked the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre Belfast also saw a small, welcome, not entirely unrelated, blow struck for free(...)

Pastor James McConnell leaving  the magistrates court in Belfast on January 5, 2016 after being found not guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam. The judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The bizarre trial of elderly Belfast pastor James McConnell has ended with the right verdict: not guilty. His attack on Islam – made from the platform(...)

Evangelical preacher Pastor James McConnell leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court after being found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks about Islam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An evangelical Protestant pastor who said Islam was “Satanic” and “spawned in hell” has been acquitted of making “grossly offensive” remarks about the(...)

Corporal Keelagh and Mr Darcy patrol the grounds of Trinity College in Dublin to mark the Emergency and Security Services Day. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Corporal Keelagh is arguably the most popular officer in the Defence Forces. She is placid, one of a rare breed; although it must be said her bite wou(...)

Protesters, including DUP MP Sammy Wilson (second from left), turned up in support of Pastor James McConnell in Belfast.

Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell has said he wants to be “exonerated, liberated and set free” after he pleaded not guilty at a Belfast court (...)

A photograph of First Minister Peter Robinson with members of the Muslim community during his visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, south Belfast earlier this week,  where he made a public apology for any offence caused to Muslims by his defence of  controversial pastor James McConnell. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire.

Pastor James McConnell has publicly apologised for his depiction of Islam as “satanic”, “heathen” and “a doctrine spawned in hell”. He also said forme(...)

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