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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(...)

Cover of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” (1968): his  music offers northerners the  liberating message that they do not have to be one thing.

“If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dreams/where immobile steel rims crack/and the ditch in the back road stops/could you f(...)

 Jenny Huston and Emma Manley at the launch of their Irish design pop-up at   at Dundrum Town Centre

When did you last cry? Emma: In the car earlier. It’s been a long year getting to this point. Jenny: Tired and emotional . . . Emma: And pregnant, (...)

Festival goers at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Guinness Cork Jazz

Loud enough to wake the dead – that might well be the motto for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which kicked off Thursday night. The streets (...)

Experience + Innocence: Bono at U2’s London show on Tuesday. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

By any yardstick a 61-date world tour is going to be gruelling, not least on the back of a 51-show tour only a year earlier. But the home stretch is w(...)

Lancashire-born artist Neil Shawcross has gifted his complete “Writers of Belfast” collection to Belfast City Council in appreciation of his “home” city.

An exhibition of paintings by Neil Shawcross that pays tribute to Belfast’s leading novelists, playwrights, poets and musicians has opened at the Andr(...)

Joe Duffy: Holding a mirror to Irish life

On the face of it, the news that Joe Duffy is to appear in a pantomime is in danger of causing reality to collapse in on itself under the weight of to(...)

The Lost Brothers are an Irish musical duo comprising Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech.

The Lost Brothers’ Oisín Leech on his transition to folk music. When I was fifteen there were four punk rockers in Navan and I was one of them. But, e(...)

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