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Concern over invite to ‘Sons of Kai’ band

The Crumlin Ardoyne Residents’ Association say they are concerned at the Royal Black Institution’s decision include a ‘blood and thunder’ band on their application for a parade past nationalist homes on the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne on Saturday, August 30. Spokesman Joe Marley told the North Belfast News the inclusion of the Rathcoole Sons of […]

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Tracy says she feels vindicated

The mother of a West Belfast man who died in the Belfast City Hospital last year says she feels vindicated that the PSNI are investigating his death. Sean Paul Carnahan passed away last July, five months after he tried to take his own life while under the influence of a legal high. As we reported […]

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Feud death fears

A FEUD at the heart of the Tigers Bay community is escalating to the point where someone may die, a leading loyalist has warned. John Howcroft, a member of the UDA-linked North Belfast UPRG, said that “criminals” and “drug dealers” unhappy at progress within the community are edging closer to killing someone, following the latest […]

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Common sense is needed ahead of judicial review

Local businessman Harry Fitzsimons – who has recently returned home to Andersonstown after being held in Italy as part of a £400m Mafia investigation – has thrown himself into the debate on the future of Casement Park. The Owenvarragh man, a Lámh Dhearg club member who lives in the shadow of the Andersonstown stadium, has […]

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Féile just keeps getting bigger and better

The mud on the wellies has dried in and the curtain has come down on Féile an Phobail’s August festival. This year’s event was by far the biggest and the best. Twitter and Facebook are awash with positivity about not only the variety of events, the performance of the acts and the affordability of the […]

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Fleadh regrets offence caused by sectarian statement

The chair of the Ardoyne Fleadh committee Eddie Copeland today said it regrets any offence caused by a sectarian comment made at a concert on Sunday night.  Eddie Copeland said: “We regret any offence caused by this incident. “It was wrong, regrettable, disappointing and should not have happened. “These comments do not reflect the views […]

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Heartless thugs torch ill baby’s ‘lifeline’ vehicle

VANDALS who set fire to a specially adapted vehicle used to transport a North Belfast toddler with a devastating genetic disease have been branded “heartless” by the little girl’s parents. 14-months-old Caoilte Fitzsimmons had to be transported by ambulance for her first visit home in over seven months, after the car customised for her needs […]

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McKee fears Ulster Hall appearance by Galloway could see violence on streets

A NORTH Belfast pastor who called for the arrest of George Galloway over “anti-Israeli” comments he made in England has said that he is deeply concerned that a public appearance by the MP could spark further flag violence in Belfast. Pastor Jack McKee, from the New Life City Church in the Shankill, has called on […]

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The Poor Old Woman left a very rich legacy

Having been relieved of the editorship of The Northern Patriot after just three issues in December 1895, it might have […]

The long wait for freedom

An Irish politician said recently that Irish people would have got freedom sooner – and better – if the 1916 […]

Master blaster misses the point… again

“That’s terrible,” said Peter Sheehan as he sat in the Bridge Bar and Grill in Glengormley watching the Munster hurling […]

Bring the sweet bird song back to your garden

If only workmen weren’t so damned professional nowadays, our birdlife would be in better shape. When Dúlra was a youngster, […]

Why Dave and Enda must now take action

WITH the obscenities that are happening in Gaza, it’s an effort to wrench attention back to our own tormented situation. […]

Nature bestows its bounty on our birdlife

MAYBE it’s something to do with growing older, with the knowledge incrementally increasing with each day that you’ll not be […]