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President to open Connolly museum

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins will officially open the new Áras Uí Chonghaile/ James Connolly Visitor Centre on the Falls Road on Friday. The President will deliver a speech to mark the historic occasion as the £1.4 million three-storey building in the Gaeltacht Quarter prepares to open its doors to visitors for the first time. Director […]

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Paddy and Nigel taking success in their stride

SINCE he first took up his guitar and hit the stage back in July last year, West Belfast internet sensation Paddy Rafferty has been selling out venues across the city. Fans of the Brooke-based Paddy ‘Raff’ have lapped up his BT9 alter ego ‘Nigel’ in online sketches such as ‘Nigel at the Christmas Market’, ‘Nigel […]

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Pic of the Day, Wednesday, April 17

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Taking the Crooked Glen to Crumlin

THROUGH a process of Anglicisation, Crumlin is among the thousands of Irish towns and areas whose place names are virtually lost in translation. Situated in Antrim’s hills, the Crumlin derives its name from the Irish ‘An Cromghlinn’, meaning The Crooked Glen, which is the name adopted by one the town’s most exciting new pubs. Headed […]

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Duffy slams burning of election posters

SINN Féin has condemned the “despicable” burning of a party candidate’s election posters, describing it as an “attack on the democratic process”. Posters belonging to Sinn Féin’s Lisburn and Castlereagh candidate, Joe Duffy, were set alight in the Cutts area of Dunmurry on Tuesday night. It comes after a number of Mr Duffy’s posters were […]

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Pic of the day, Monday April 16

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Three arrests in money laundering operation

THREE people were arrested on Monday across the north after a police search and arrest operation into money laundering. Eight properties were searched in Craigavon and North and West Belfast, including Poleglass and the Shankill, by officers from the PSNI’s Economic Unit in ‘Operation Impervial’. A 31-year-old man arrested has since been released on bail […]

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The day when the Bovedy trailed above our heads

Former De La Salle pupil Noel Connor explains the background to his exhibition The Bovedy Illuminations which can be seen at The Armagh Planetarium until May 22 THE sky always seemed low over our street in Andersonstown, with the Black Mountain looming behind the housing estate, seeming to draw down the sky. And on top […]

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