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Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If you’ve never been to Portrush, it’s one of those stubbornly 20th-century coastal towns that is entirely self-contained. Big windows and high roofs,(...)

Daniel Stewart: ‘Northern Ireland is not just one big petrol bomb waiting to explode, it is a mythical landscape of green pastures, tremendous mountains, azure seafronts, and golden people.’ Photograph: Lily Duffield

“An Irishman walks into a bar . . .” I wouldn’t really call myself an Irishman. With a British passport, a harsh accent, and a brutal take on hospital(...)

Jim Lockhart. Photograph: Dave Keegan Photography

Current favourite book Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions. He’s great to read; his stuff is so challenging, you have to(...)

Moya Brennan pictured with six U2 album covers that are part of the new vinyl walkway  on Windmill Lane in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

A “vinyl walkway” of 21 of the most famous albums recorded at the Windmill Lane studio in Dublin, including U2’s first three albums, was unveiled at t(...)

Liss Ard estate near Skibbereen in west Cork is going for  €5m

Liss Ard, the one-time west Cork artists’ haven (currently operating as a country house hotel and wedding venue) took the plungethis week when its ask(...)

Belfast musician Van Morrison’s main entertainment company   recorded pre-tax profits of  €4.1 million

Van Morrison’s main entertainment company has recorded pre-tax profits of £3.63 million (€4.1 million). Accounts for Mr Morrison’s Exile Productions (...)

 Van Morrison during a 2012 concert in Marlay Park. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Van Morrison has said he thinks he is a musical genius but believes that label brings its own problems. In an interview on RTÉ Radio 1, presenter Mi(...)

Call me a sentimentalist, but I can’t quite bring myself to scoff at the excitement of new parents

I see that the latest instalment of Pseuds Corner, the Private Eye column exposing pretentious prose in all quarters of British life, features a recen(...)

“In the words of that great Northern Irish singer Van Morrison, it is time we all moved from the dark end of the street to the bright side of the road(...)

Boris Johnson speaking at the DUP annual conference  in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

The United Kingdom is “on the verge of making a historic mistake” if it votes through the draft Brexit agreement, former British foreign secretary Bor(...)

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