John Hewitt

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Alan Frame’s beautifully illustrated book contains many stories about its alumni who include writers John Hewitt, Robert Greacen and Glenn Patterson; artists Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw and Colin Davidson; concert pianist Barry Douglas; actors Jamie Dornan and James Ellis, and stained-glass artist Wilhemina Geddes, who has a crater named after her on Mercury. Above, detail from the book’s cover

Methodist College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, has left its imprint on Belfast and Northern Ireland in terms of the arts, sc(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

‘After 25 years without the Border-crossing rituals, they will, if they return, seem impossibly absurd.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

In 1962, the Ulster poet John Hewitt published a short poem called The Frontier. It is ostensibly about crossing the Alps between France and Switzerla(...)

Moira O’Neill, who has died aged 94, was possibly the oldest hotelier in Ireland and certainly one of the most celebrated. For more than seven decades(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast, with President and Vice-Chancellor James McElnay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has begun outlining a number of what he called “practical” solutions if the United Kingdom insists on leaving the customs union(...)

Trevor Ringland, a solicitor, former Irish rugby international and member of the British-Irish Association, says the EU has ‘replaced a sense of threat from other European nations with a sense of interdependence’.

Over the coming weeks the ‘Brexit’ debate will tease out the merits or otherwise of the UK remaining in the European Union. Whether the decision is to(...)

Colum Eastwood: “But our voice is back, and is getting stronger by the day. The SDLP is back in the conversation”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he will take his party into opposition after the Assembly election in the North unless key infrastructure and educati(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Northman is a strange undertaking, as biographies go. It proceeds in fits and starts, moves backwards and forwards, inside and outside. It begins at t(...)

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