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'How did I come to feel more European than British? I had never considered the question before, because circumstances never presented me with a choice.' (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Malachi O'Doherty: The interwoven cultural strands tying Britain to Ireland cannot, and will not, be undone by Brexit 

How did I come to feel more European than British? I had never considered the question before, because circumstances never presented me with a choice. That I am British to some degree is unquestionable. I said this to a discussion group on the Shankill Road last week. One of the group asked me if this was something I would be happy to declare in front of other people of my own background.

Lyra McKee

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Lyra's legacy is love, Saoradh's is hate 

Saoradh are getting into the festive spirit. Towards the end of a year in which the New IRA, which they unconvincingly claim they're not linked to, came to public attention because, in April, they murdered my friend, Lyra McKee, a gifted, lovable young journalist, this blood-thirsty group of losers have put up a festive message in the window of their HQ, Junior McDaid House in Chamberlain Street, Londonderry, which they share with the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association.

Prince Andrew earlier this year at Royal Portrush Golf Club

Kim Bielenberg: How the Queen's favourite son dragged the royal family into its biggest crisis since the death of Diana 

In February 2007, a pregnant woman was innocently shopping in Tesco in Clare Hall on Dublin's Northside in her pink pyjamas when she was confronted by the unlikely figure of Prince Andrew. The prince was not there to avail of a two-for-one offer on cauliflowers, or to redeem a discount voucher on his Clubcard. No, Andrew had popped into the supermarket in his capacity as the UK's Special Representative for International Trade - a post for which he had no known qualifications, which enabled him to jet around the world racking up millions of pounds in expenses.

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