Archive | May, 2013

Derby glory beckons for Dawn Approach

THE INVESTEC DERBY It’s Oaks and Derby weekend, folks, and we start with the big one on Saturday. Favourite Dawn Approach will face a maximum of 13 opponents in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Jim Bolger’s unbeaten QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner has stamina questions to answer, having never run competitively further than a mile, but that […]

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Close-up Census figures are revealing

New figures released this week from the 2011 Census suggest that the Catholic population of the North is set to grow at the expense of the Protestant population. In December last year the Census was published, revealing that the Protestant population of Northern Ireland now stood at 48 per cent, while the Catholic population was […]

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Mad for it: Happy Mondays and Charlatans are Féile-bound

It’s shaping up to be the best Féile ever with the news that two titans of the massive Madchester indie rock scene – The Charlatans and Happy Mondays – are to play the West Belfast festival. The Falls Park will play host to the joint headliners who will perform on Sunday, August 4 in what […]

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Casement 3D model put on show

A 3D scale model of the proposed Casement Park Stadium has been laid out for public viewing at the Westwood shopping centre. The model was unveiled at a press conference yesterday (Wednesday) and will be displayed for the community to view for the next two weeks. The stadium team have undertaken widespread community and stakeholder […]

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GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TÓM

The Irish language arts in West Belfast have reached dizzy new heights. A copy of An Chultúrlann’s arts brochure travelled 40 kilometres attached to a helium balloon up through the atmosphere to the edge of space on May 11 and returned to the earth by parachute.  On-board cameras recorded the journey and provided spectacular images […]

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WE GET A NEW HOTEL

THE revitalisation of West Belfast has received a major boost with news that plans are in place for a new hotel in West Belfast. In what is being seen as vote of confidence in the local tourism sector, the Devenish site on Finaghy Road North has been been acquired by West Belfast entrepreneurs Gerry Carlile […]

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