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 Gary Lightbody (left) with his Snow Patrol bandmates: the group headlines Malahide Castle, Dublin on June 7th  

Current favourite book Right now, I’m reading Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, which is staggeringly good. I’ve cried so many times reading it a(...)

Priti Patel: “Let’s take back control of borders, laws and  money.”

Conservative MP Priti Patel has said her comments about Britain preventing food imports to Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit have been “taken o(...)

Cambridge: punting on the River Cam

Ah, college days, punting along the Cam on a sun-dappled late-August morning, the giant weeping willows on the banks trailing into the water as Newton(...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are risking their good names by accepting invite to play in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Getty Images

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good name by accepting an invitation to play in a meaningless(...)

Journalist Sarah McInerney: ‘To my bemusement, I had a natural instinct for news.’  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oh, she wants to be the next Olivia O’Leary?” my mother’s friend asked, dismissively, when she heard of my plans to apply for a journalism degree. M(...)

John Simpson (72) is the guest speaker at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Wednesday night in the Convention Centre. File photograph: Getty Images

The BBC denied John Simpson a foreign correspondent’s allowance for his time in Dublin because Ireland was not regarded as foreign enough. Simpson, (...)

Toby Roland-Jones of Middlesex is mobbed by his team mates after taking the final wicket of Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire to win the match and the County Championship at Lords. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Middlesex claimed their first County Championship since 1993 after defeating Yorkshire by 61 runs at Lord’s in a roller-coaster match that concluded w(...)

One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the UK government body responsible for boosting the film industry. Photograph: Alan Betson/the Irish Times

One-third of all funding to support business in the North by its economic development agency Invest NI between 2011 and 2014 went to Queen’s Universi(...)

Richard Clements, Maria Connolly, Frank McCusker and Róisín Gallagher in Tinderbox’s Lally the Scut. Photograph: Brian Morrison

These are difficult days for the arts in the North, with news of the feared cuts in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland descending wi(...)

Christian Mazzuchini as Vladimir and Noël Vergès as Estragon in Theatre NoNo’s Waiting for Godot

‘We’ve been waiting for someone to come, but nobody has turned up.” Were it not for the bright disposition of the speaker, a museum attendant, a visit(...)

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