Portrush

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Sea views and an all-day brunch at Babushka Kitchen Café on Portrush’s South Pier

Whatever about a good walk spoiled, a day spent at the golf is bound to bring on a hearty appetite and the thousands of spectators headed to Portrush (...)

Television towers at The 148th British Open golf Championship at Portrush. Photograph: Getty Images

A sell-out capacity crowd at Portrush has ensured the championship will be the second-highest attended British Open in history. By the end of the wee(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig  Harrington  practising for  the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Royal Portrush Golf Club’s return to the British Open rota of courses after a gap of 68 years is an historic moment. But could an even potentially mor(...)

Tiger Woods during a practice round at Royal Portrush. He texted Brookes Koepka in the hope of sharing a practice round with the latter’s caddie Ricky Elliott. He is yet to receive a reply. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

The pathways taken to greatness have varied for Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka: one a child prodigy who had his “Hello world!” introduction to professi(...)

Darren Clarke: “You think about that time, when everything that was going on, whether we were ever going to have a tournament such as this? It was beyond the realms of possibility.” Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

The short game practice area is hidden away, amid the sand hills that actually form part of the Valley links, the other course on the property. It wa(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Mervyn Gibson, at the Museum of Orange Heritage,  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney

A stack of leaflets in the reception of the Museum of Orange Heritage in south Belfast shows a cartoon of golf club wielding Orangemen marching on to (...)

James Nesbitt at Portrush: “I think we’re standing at a profound moment here in the history of the islands,” he says. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At Ulster University, it is graduation time. On the steps which lead up to the main entrance of the university’s Coleraine campus, new graduates pose (...)

Shane Lowry  at a Dublin media event.” I do feel like I am playing with a lot of confidence at the minute, and if I shoot a bad score today I am going to shoot a good score tomorrow.” Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

Shane Lowry’s promotional gig on the rooftop patio of The North Star hotel in Dublin’s north inner city provided an insight into his desire to reach f(...)

Rory McIlroy during the final round of the  US Open at Pebble Beach. “I felt like I did a lot of good things [at Pebble Beach] even though I didn’t win the tournament.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy can no longer push the fact away that the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim is just a month away. Day by day it’s getting(...)

Rory McIlroy wearing a Toronto Raptors vest after winning the Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

In Rory McIlroy’s case, hot form rather than the hit-and-miss nature of his previous US Open appearances – five missed cuts, including the last three (...)

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