He has been involved in journalism for over four decades and has penned columns for both that the Andersonstown News and the former daily Irish language newspaper Lá.
He is the author of several books in Irish and English including ‘Ceap Cuddles’ and ‘Belfast’s Dome of Delight’.
He has served in politics for Sinn Féin both in Belfast City Council and in the power-sharing Executive at Stormont.
As co-founder of events company Aisling Events, he has hosted a range of transatlantic conferences including the Big Irish Campfire, the New York-New Belfast Conference and the Belfast International Homecoming.
He is the proud recipient of a Honorary Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA.
Where The Bronx meets Yonkers, they dream big.
Hurricane Herni pounded New York over the weekend — Central Park recorded its heaviest-ever rainfall — and Storm Delta has thrown a curve ball at efforts to curb the Covid-19 crisis.
They are indeed the Magnificent Seven of Donegal - the septet of peaks stretching from Muckish to the Errigal and beloved of hill-walkers and landscape painters alike.
Friends and family of local trader James Carson (32), gunned down in his Falls Road shop 30 years ago this week, gathered with residents from the St James' area last night to demand the truth about his killing.
Despite four seasons in one day, the Féile na hAbhann river festival on the Lagan walkway at Ormeau today (Sunday) proved a resounding success, says carnival captain Gerard Rice of LORAG.
ESKANDER Turki ran for an hour in total darkness the night the military burned down his family home, began our story about an Ethiopian exile battling for political asylum in Belfast.
The fame of escaped slave Frederick Douglass has blossomed in the US over the past decade to the stage where he is now a household name.
Former IRA volunteer Pat Magee identified "contact and dialogue" as cornerstones of the peace process in a Féile discussion last night moderated by author and filmmaker Timothy O'Grady at Áras Uí Chonghaile.
If you wanted to pick a venue to return to live concerts post-lockdown, a church seems like a pretty good place to start - presuming your local health centre is unavailable.
Glasgow has joined over 140 cities worldwide to erect a memorial to the victims of the Great Hunger.
In 2009, a group of young architects in a hurry got together to launch Forum for an Alternative Belfast as a vehicle for their inclusive, people-first vision for Belfast.
As the work of rebuilding post-Covid begins, Irish American leaders from across the U.S. will gather in New York (and online) on Friday 27 August for the second annual Big Irish Campfire.
When I told friends I had been baking in Ballinamore when away for an extended weekend, they thought was attending a Ballymaloe-style cookery school. Not the bit of it. I was simply enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Lovely Leitrim during our summer heat surge when temperatures in Mohill soared above Malaga and Magaluf.
"Make no little plans," goes the Daniel Burnham quote, "they have no magic to stir men's (or women's) blood and probably themselves will not be realised. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
It was always going to be the highlight of Belfast's first EmTech Europe — the two-day virtual conference last week held in partnership with MIT Technology Review — but the contribution by BioNTech founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci was revelatory not for its scientific insights but for its simplicity.