Jack Sommers

Why Gay Marriage Isn't Coming To *ALL* Of Ireland Any Time Soon | Jack Sommers | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

The Republic of Ireland's vote for gay marriage means Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK and Ireland where it is not allowed. Bu...

Luxury Ireland by car

Olivia Greenway | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Greenway

If you enjoy driving, consider a trip around Ireland. Roads are relatively quiet, the scenery is varied and picturesque and you are never very far from the coast. Start at Dublin and pick up your hire car from the airport.

Belfast Shocked As Former IRA Commander Shot Dead On City Street

PA | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK

A former IRA commander has been shot dead on a Belfast street, it has been confirmed. Gerard "Jock" Davison was shot at 9am morning in the republic...

A Political Experience I Will Never Forget - What's Yours?

Serena Cowdy | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

When I was 20, I did something very ill-advised. Well, obviously I was 20, so most things I did were ill-advised. But this one turned out to be a political experience I'll never forget, so I thought I'd take a little break from election madness to tell you about it.

It's a Dog's Life

Christina Miller | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Miller

This summer, we decided to do a road trip around the UK. Jake hopped in the back of the car, all of us prepared to rough it in a tent; we had no idea that so many hotels were dog friendly - our "working" dog ended up living the high life at some of the UK's finest hotels! It got me thinking: given the choice, where would dogs go on holiday?

Jack Sommers

Northern Ireland's 'Peace Walls' Show No Signs Of Following Berlin's Example | Jack Sommers | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK

Like the Berlin Wall, the Cupar Way "Peace Wall" in Belfast has cut an urban landscape in half for decades. Unlike the Berlin Wall, it is regularly re...

Five UK Christmas Markets for a Festive Hotel Stay

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

When it comes to Christmas shopping there's never enough time, enough inspiration or enough stamina to tackle all the gift-buying at one go. So to ease the process, give yourself a present - a trip to a luxury hotel at one of the UK's best Christmas markets.

Troubles Tactics Re-Emerge, As Letter Bomb Found In Post Office

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

A letter bomb has been found at Northern Ireland's main postal sorting office, marking the re-emergence of a terror tactic formerly used by paramilita...

Don't Ask This Bakery To Make A 'Gay' Bert And Ernie Cake

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK

A Belfast bakery could face court action for refusing to make a Sesame Street cake which celebrated gay marriage, because it conflicts with the owners...

Queen Snubs The Iron Throne

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Surely ONE would be thrilled to sit on a seat of kings in the Seven Kingdoms? Well not the Queen! During a three-day Royal tour of Northern Ireland...

One Is Not Amused! Cheeky Lad Tries Take Selfie With The Queen

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Ellen DeGeneres: this boy sees your Oscars selfie, and raises you one - Yes, a selfie with the Queen - it doesn't get more celebrity than that....

The Only Surprising Thing About Northern Irish Racism Is The Surprise

Rory Fenton | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rory Fenton

The real line-in-the-sand in Northern Ireland is not between Catholic and Protestant or Nationalist and Unionist but between those who see tribes and those who see shared humanity. It's time we got louder.

Belfast Pub won't Serve Farage Publicity Pint

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK

After a long morning on the campaign trail, the whole country knows that Farage likes a ale. Until now, he's found no shortage of pubs willing to s...

A Vote for Sinn Féin Is a Vote for Poverty

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.

The Business Of Fine Art: Interview With Artist, Dameon Priestly

Jason Holmes | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"In Belfast in the early '70s things were tricky. When I asked my local green grocer if I could do some paintings for his window for Christmas, he paid me in vegetables. The next year when I did the butcher's, he paid me in sausages. By the time I was 13, I realised I had a business. So I started charging."

Prominent Dissident Republican Gunned Down In Daylight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK

Tommy Crossan, the Continuity IRA's former commander in Belfast, a prominent dissident republican, has been gunned down in Northern Ireland. Crossa...

In Defence of 'Whataboutery'

Ian Linden | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The Northern Ireland peace process is fraying at the edges. That is if you can call cultural and religious divisions and social hostilities "the edges" when they feed so powerfully the persistence of political problems at the centre.

Returning to Belfast as a Tourist

Siobhan Starrs | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Starrs

My links to this city are deep, my mother's family are rooted here. My experience as a resident twenty years ago was one of discomfort, Belfast seemed uncomfortable in its own identity as a place of bombs, bullets and suspicion.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 14 March 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The world is often a troubled place, and sometimes world leaders need to not just be strong, but also look strong to inspire confidence. At least that must be the rationale David Cameron was using, otherwise he's simply a vain lunatic with the presence of mind of a sloshed uncle at a wedding...

Housing Is the Path to Renewed Students' Union Relevance

Bart Williams | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Students' Unions need to devise long term plans, which elected individuals can champion, but are essentially run and managed by the longer term 'backroom machine' of the SU. Only then will we start seeing real, organised change in Students' Unions.

Baby Dies In Belfast Hospital After Father's Arrest

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

A three month old baby girl has died in hospital hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing her grievous bodily harm. The injure...

Dozens Of Teenagers Taken Ill At Concert In Belfast

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

Fourteen young people were treated in hospital overnight after dozens of concert-goers fell ill in Belfast. Heavy drinking revellers were planning ...

Balls: The New Holy Land Is in Newtownabbey

Stephen Hagan | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

The Reduced Shakespeare Company was scheduled to perform their production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) twice this month at The Mill Theatre in Newtownabbey, just outside Belfast. A week before it was scheduled, the local council 'persuaded' the artistic board to cancel the performances.

Warning Over 'Speckled Rolex' Ecstasy Tablet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Revellers have been warned to steer clear of a yellow ecstasy tablet called "speckled rolex" after a man died at a house party in Belfast, Northern Ir...

The UK's Happiest City?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Belfast may be a city with a troubled past, but according to a new iPhone app using technology that can analyse people's faces in Instagram photos, it...