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Paul (17) suffered 50 wounds in UDR shooting

A West Belfast family are calling for a fresh inquest into the death of their brother as they prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of his killing today (Thursday). 17-year-old Paul ‘Kelso’ Kelly from Whiterock Gardens was shot dead by the UDR while travelling in a stolen car along with four others. The vehicle failed […]

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Parish priest asked to observe PSNI raid

Sacred Heart Parish Priest Fr Martin Magill has confirmed he was asked to act as an observer during a PSNI house raid in Ardoyne before Christmas and was present in a house while searches were carried out. The North Belfast News has learned that anti-agreement republicans contacted Fr Magill over their concerns at raids being […]

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Callous thieves target 86-year-old’s home as she attends funeral of only sister

An 84-year-old woman who left her home for an hour to attend the funeral mass of her only sister has spoken of her trauma after heartless thieves targeted her home, stealing pension money and ransacking every room in the house. Collette McKibbin who lives with her husband Jim (85) in their Glenard home said she […]

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MP Maskey gets tough in fight to save St Mary’s

WEST Belfast MP Paul Maskey has urged the West Belfast community to support the ‘Save St Mary’s’ campaign as the university college comes under increased threat of closure due to “savage” cuts. Mr Maskey told the Andersonstown News that following a recent meeting he had with the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Minister Stephen […]

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Brother and sister oaps burgled by bogus caller

A 76 year old disabled man who lives with his 86 year old sister has told how a bogus caller forced him to kneel in pain for five minutes while an accomplice searched his home before the pair made off with a sum of cash. The man, who does not want to be identified, was […]

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Principal of CBS on the plan that died

A great opportunity has been denied to the people of West Belfast, says CBS Principal Tom Armstrong as the dust settles after the shock decision to scrap the amalgamation of St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School and CBS. The Andersonstown News revealed in December how plans to merge the neighbouring Glen Road post-primaries were abandoned […]

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Twaddell laid bare

SNATCHED footage giving a remarkable glimpse inside the protest camp at Twaddell Avenue and handed to the Andersonstown News has provided more evidence that no-one actually lives on the site, despite loyalist claims that it’s occupied at all times. Just days ago a West Belfast man gained access to the camp through a gap in […]

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New Springhill inquests

NEW inquests into the deaths of civilians, one as young as 13, shot dead by the British army during the 1972 Springhill Massacre are to be opened. Attorney General John Larkin directed the fresh inquests on Wednesday into the July 9, 1972 killings of 13-year-old Margaret Gargan, 16-year-old John Dougal, 14-year-old David McCafferty and 38-year-old […]

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Life got in the way

This week I hit a few snags, it’s very true what they say sometimes ‘life just gets in the way’ […]

The prince, the UDR and ‘failure of the few’

The Duke of York is in the news again with accusations of impropriety coming from USA. A spokesman for Buckingham […]

Jog Blog: Week Three

Well, things are getting better. I’m training more, eating cleaner and sleeping like a log. I’m still no Sonia O’Sullivan, […]

Jog Blog: Week Two

Every morning for the past week I’ve set my alarm for 6am to get up and go for a run. […]

Beating the goddess within – and without

In the 10 weeks between now and race day, we will be tracking two Belfast Media Group novice runners in […]

Squinter review of the year

JANUARY STILL no sign of the firebomber who ran through the bustling streets of pre-Christmas Belfast with his head and […]