The EastSide Arts Festival wraps up 16th August but there is still lots to see and do across music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours under the theme, moments of Joy. Events can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or in a small number of East Belfast locations as part of a live, socially distanced audience – all within Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Police were attacked in short-lived disturbances in the North Queen Street area last night in what was the second consecutive night of trouble sparked by the erection of a Twelfth bonfire at the Duncairn Gardens peace line. Nationalist youths threw petrol bombs at police who were deployed in the area late last night and remained in the district into the early morning.
Early-modern Irish history is rarely the contentious bad-boy of academia or popular culture. In recent years the Great Famine, 1916 and the Irish War of Independence have tended to get the lion’s share of the print. However, on 22 May, news from Valladolid sparked sudden national (nay international) interest with news that Spanish archaeologists had found the last resting place of Red Hugh O’Donnell, Lord of Tirconnell. Hot on the heels of this came calls for repatriation and a state funeral for this renowned Irish hero, all before the remains of the long-lost son of Donegal have even been found. So just who was Red Hugh and how could his potential rediscover catapult this less-travelled period of Irish history into the headlines?