Archive | December, 2013

Casement given the green light

THE redevelopment of Casement Park into a state-of-the-art 38,000-seater stadium as been given the go-ahead. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan granted full planning permission for the new stadium on Thursday, meaning the GAA can now begin work on the state-of-the-art £77 million stadium on the Andersonstown Road site. Construction work is set to get under […]

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Try running this one up the poll

BBC Ulster this week carried out a poll on local attitudes to flags and parades as the Haass talks built to a thrilling climax. The results were illuminating, to say the least. When it comes to the union jack and public buildings, most people support flying the butcher’s apron on designated days; next most popular […]

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Malachy gets a volunteer Oscar

An 84-year-old West Belfast man who clocks up 50 hours a week volunteering has been recognised for his efforts. Malachy Turley has been a dedicated volunteer for almost four decades and, despite being awarded for his work, he remains humble, grounded and still remarkably committed.  He received Belfast City Council’s Older Volunteer of the Year […]

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Football Review Committee proposals worth considering

IN the past, two weeks before Christmas would be a time when there would be nothing much to write about in a GAA column. There is a vast difference this year as our Football Review Committee has come out with a review of what should be done to eliminate the unfairness that is inherent in using […]

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Gun attacks not travellers feud

An emergency meeting was held in West Belfast yesterday after a series of violent attacks on a local Traveller family. On Saturday night, a shot was fired at a house in Sliabh Dubh View but nobody was injured.  On Monday evening, two men, one of them armed with a shotgun, approached a house at Mill […]

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Running an idea up the Ulster flag

SANDY Row LOL No.5 have decided to scrub this Saturday’s parade through Belfast. They have given two reasons for this, each of them interesting in their own way. Firstly, they say that they decided to call it off because they had spoken to city centre traders. They don’t elaborate on this, but traders being traders, […]

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