Ireland

Huge march in Belfast marks historic Unionist date

Tens of thousands of Protestants marched through Belfast to mark 100 years since a landmark event in the history of Ireland's partition on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of pro-British unionists marched through Belfast on Saturday to mark 100 years since a landmark event in the history of Ireland’s partition.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

West Indies through to super eight stage

Ireland's batsman Ed Joyce bats during a ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and West Indies in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday, Photo: AP

West Indies qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup super eight stage without winning a game after their final Group B match against Ireland was abandoned because of rain on Monday.

25 Sep 2012 - 12:15pm

IMF tells Ireland to set out its medium term cost-cutting plans

A statue commemorating the 19th century Irish famine stands in Dublin's financial district. Photo: AP

The International Monetary Fund told Ireland to map out its medium-term austerity plans when it announces its budget for next year in three months time, something the government has so far been reluctant to do.

11 Oct 2012 - 7:17pm

Diamond Angel ready to sprout wings

Trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung (pictured) never landed a blow at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, but will have left the track feeling good about the improved performance of Diamond Angel in the Class Four Green Lane Handicap (1,200m).

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Giants Serapis is making headway

Me Tsui Yu-sak's stable has turned the corner for the better, with 50 per cent of his runners firing in the First-4 in the first four meetings of March - three wins, five seconds, five thirds and two fourths from 30 starters - and improving Giants Serapis can keep that tally ticking over.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Saturday's shenanigans have the makings of a perfect Gaelic storm

As St Patrick's Day approaches, one should be mindful of the dos and don'ts on March 17. First, the don'ts: don't dress up like a leprechaun; don't affect an Irish accent; don't claim Irish ancestry when you have none, and absolutely don't break into a mournful rendition of Danny Boy. The dos, however, are pretty simple: do what the Irish do.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How Irish eyes smiled on Xi

What a study in contrasts it was when leader-in-waiting Vice-President Xi Jinping went travelling this month.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Xi's three-country charm offensive builds image

Vice-President Xi Jinping arrived back home from Turkey yesterday, wrapping up a 10-day image-polishing trip that also took him to the United States and Ireland.

During his five days in the US, China's leader-in-waiting visited four cities: Washington in the east, Muscatine and Des Moines in the Midwest, and Los Angeles in the west.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK can learn from Irish who voted in referendum to end 'citizenship tourism'

I refer to reports on the influx of mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong's private and public hospitals, and the resulting pressure on the health-care and education system.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Make A Fortune: The name says it all

Make A Fortune flashed positive signs with an eye-catching performance as a 73-1 outsider in the Class Three Panasonic Beauty Care Handicap (1,400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The Peter Ho Leung-trained three-year-old was a late promotion to the race after the scratching of Super Brand with lameness and he certainly showed what he is capable of.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Facing up to truth and consequences

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright Jonathan Cape HK$229

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Out of sight, but peace of mind

The last thing you want is your kitchen looking like a laboratory, with ugly water filtration systems blighting the bench top and taking up valuable space.

One solution is to hide it under the counter with a reverse osmosis system.

The procedure works by separating contaminants, forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Kila

Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central Tel: 2522 8118 Open: 5pm until late

The vibe: Hong Kong is not short of Irish bars, thanks to two large chains and a host of independent Irish-themed pubs. Although many do their best to look Irish, the owners of Kila have taken a different approach - they've done their best to actually feel Irish.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Whipping up a ban for excessive use of hand

Time for another in our occasional series on 'Reasons why you should be happy about the standards of stewarding in Hong Kong'.

Yes, we all have our moments of disbelief at stewarding decisions, even here, but they are infrequent in this jurisdiction and we certainly don't ever expect to run into anything quite as slap your thigh, downright funny as this.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Playing the correct anthem a tricky test

The CXHKIR again generated great atmosphere this year, both during the days leading up and on the track on race day, a feeling executive director of racing Bill Nader described as real 'world championship, Olympics' feel.

And one small but significant part of that Olympic feeling is the playing of the national anthem for the winning horse.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am