Archive | August, 2013

GCSE joy after another round of great results

Last Thursday’s rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of young people celebrating their success at GCSE level. We visited some of our local schools on Thursday morning to share in their achievement. Our first stop was St Rose’s Dominican College where newly appointed Principal Michele McGurran was celebrating with her new charges. “I did […]

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Laurence signs on the dotted line

Blackstaff Press has just signed a deal to publish a thrilling new fantasy trilogy by West Belfast writer  Laurence Donaghy. Managing Editor Patsy Horton acquired UK and Ireland English language rights from Joanne Sayer at Last Passage. As we previously reported, the first two books of the Folk’d trilogy were published in ebook in 2012 […]

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A-Level joy for youngsters as results come in

THERE was an air of jubilation in West Belfast last Thursday morning as thousands of pupils received their A-Level results. The Andersonstown News was there to capture the atmosphere as nervous and excited pupils learned how they did after two years of hard work. First stop was St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls as pupils […]

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BIG NAMES GO IN CITY HALL SHAKE-UP

It’s all change at Belfast City Council as two seasoned veterans of the chamber bid farewell. With 36 years of service between them, Sinn Féin’s Tom Hartley and Gerard O’Neill are old hands at City Hall but, they say, they have given all that they can give and the time is now right to stand […]

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Canvassers hit the doorsteps this weekend

A full electoral canvass of the North kicks off this weekend. Saturday sees Phase One of the mammoth canvass by the Electoral Commission getting under way in a drive to ensure everyone has a vote at the next election – which will be for the new Belfast City ‘Super Council’ next May. The Andersonstown News […]

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Roaring Hugh Hanna, the preacher of hate

In the early hours of Sunday, March 1, 1970, Sean Kelly from the Upper Newtownards Road received a phone call from a taxi driver friend asking for his help to change a wheel. He was astonished by what he saw. It was, literally, the beginning of the end – the removal of the evidence of […]

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