Peter Taylor

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An RUC police officer in riot gear  during rioting by loyalists in Belfast. The Irish government said the RUC must not be allowed to “descend to the level and methods of the terrorists”. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Senior police chiefs in Northern Ireland during the 1980s said there was no law “against telling lies” when pressed about the suspected cover-up of an(...)

Katie Taylor in Ross Whitaker’s documentary

Katie Taylor might be the closest thing we have to royalty. Tell people you’re about to meet her, and watch their jaws shudder just a little. They cou(...)

The scene of the shootings at the boxing club in Bray, Co Wicklow in June 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí investigating the shooting in Bray, Co Wicklow, that left Bobby Messett dead and two men wounded, including boxing coach Peter Taylor, are conf(...)

 Katie Taylor said she had been appalled “by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

World boxing champion Katie Taylor has hit out at “the misuse” of her name and image in the media coverage of the shooting of her father Pete Taylor a(...)

Gareth Barry and Jonny Evans: two of the four West Brom  players that nicked a taxi at five in the morning outside a McDonald’s in Spain. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Something old, something new, something random – such as four experienced West Brom players nicking a taxi in Barcelona at five in the morning at a Mc(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

 Jupp Heynckes, aged 72, was formally introduced as  Bayern Munich’s interim manager this week. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Jupp Heynckes was formally introduced as Bayern Munich’s interim manager on Monday, declaring that despite having retired four years ago he was “looki(...)

Judith Jones: as a young editorial assistant at Doubleday in Paris she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a pile of rejects and persuaded her superiors to publish it in the United States.

Judith Jones, the editor who discovered Julia Child and advanced a generation of culinary writers that revolutionised cooking and tastes in American h(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

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