Arts and Entertainment Sinéad Morrissey is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize

Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

Boy died after school rugby match collapse in Northern Ireland

A schoolboy rugby player died on the final whistle just minutes after he was seen holding his head following an earlier challenge, an inquest in Northern Ireland has heard.

King of Jordan intervenes in Paralympian sex case in Northern Ireland

The king of Jordan is taking a personal interest in the case of three members of his country's Paralympic team accused of sex offences during pre-Games training in Northern Ireland, a court heard today.

Jordanian Paralympians quizzed over sex assault in Northern Ireland

Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad have been questioned by police in Northern Ireland on suspicion of indecent assault.

How a former soldier battling post traumatic stress disorder documented last summer's riots

For former soldier Ernie Taylor, the Hackney riots brought back the senseless violence and trauma of Northern Ireland, triggering memories of horrors almost four decades old.

Jeremy Hunt in Olympic bell mishap

Jeremy Hunt narrowly avoided injuring bystanders today when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration.

Police injured in Belfast Orange Order parade riots

More than 20 police officers have been injured during serious rioting following the passing of a Protestant parade through a nationalist area of north Belfast.

BA relaunches Belfast-London flights

British Airways has relaunched services between Northern Ireland and London Heathrow after an 11-year gap.

Belfast hit by severe floods

Emergency response teams have been alerted across Northern Ireland amid fears the overnight flooding that swamped Belfast could be repeated today.

Police pelted with missiles by gang in Belfast

A number of police officers were injured during an attack by a gang of around 100 missile-throwing youths in Northern Ireland.

Former Northern Ireland and QPR footballer dies on golf course

The former Northern Ireland and Queens Park Rangers footballer Alan McDonald died yesterday at the age of 48.

Liam Holden: the last man to be handed a death sentence in the UK clears name, 40 years on

The last man handed the death sentence in the United Kingdom had his conviction for murdering a British paratrooper quashed today after telling a court he confessed at gunpoint after being subjected to waterboarding.

Australian fast bowlers Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson

Aussies are here again – but isn't it devaluing the greatest rivalry?

Some argue familiarity breeds contempt but others want a preview of future Test stars

Man, 60, held over £2.1m drugs haul

A man has been arrested over a multi-million pound seizure of cannabis on its way to Northern Ireland.

Arise, Sir Kenneth: Branagh has been honoured for services to acting

He's played many a king – now Branagh is a knight

Kenneth Branagh is to follow in the footsteps of some of Britain's finest actors after he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List prompting him to say: "My heart's fit to burst."

All eyes may be on Jonny Wilkinson (left) of Toulon but the key figure at the Stoop is likely to be Biarritz's Dimitri Yachvili

Yachvili and Biarritz look to ruin Wilkinson's Amlin homecoming

The last time Jonny Wilkinson and Iain Balshaw appeared together on a rectangle of mud down Twickenham way, they were overshadowed by a swaggering newcomer by the name of Danny Cipriani as England put 33 points on Ireland and finished second in the 2008 Six Nations. The two red-rose oldsters will be back in town this evening for the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Biarritz and Toulon at the Stoop and while Wilkinson is being given the top-of-the-bill treatment, they could easily find themselves marginalised again.

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