Archive | December, 2015

Christmas messages remind us what this festive season is really about

FR JOHN FORSYTHE, PP, ST MARY’S ON THE HILL Christmas is a lovely time of year, and surely there cannot be that many card-carrying bah-humbuggers who have left the field of play? For those that do celebrate, be honest, we allow ourselves to be seduced into conformity as we moondance through the seasonal landmarks of […]

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Kebab shop fight led to fatal assault on Christopher Meli, court is told

A late-night fight outside a hot food shop sparked a later confrontation that led to the brutal murder of 20-year-old Christopher Meli, the High Court heard yesterday. The alleged timeline of events that led to the shocking crime in the early hours of Saturday, December 12 was outlined as Stephen McCann (18) of Bearnagh Drive, […]

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Tragic Christopher laid to rest amidst emotional scenes in New Barnsley

A lone piper led the family and hundreds of friends of murdered 20-year-old Christopher ‘Cricky’ Meli to New Barnsley’s Church of the Annunciation for his Requiem Mass yesterday. The father-of-one from Sliabh Dubh Lane was brutally beaten to death on waste ground near Glasvey Close in Twinbrook in the early hours of Saturday, December 13. […]

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Sometimes you have to look that gift horse in the mouth

SCREWIN’ the form it’s called. Standing at the counter in your local bookies with your eyes flying promiscuously from screen to screen. On this one there’s a five-furlong dash from South Africa, on that one there’s a mile and a half handicap from Dubai; over thonder there are cartoon horses lining up for an animated […]

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Disabled youth targeted by car gang close to scene of Meli murder

A disabled teenager was viciously beaten by a gang in another attack in the Colin area of Belfast. A car pulled up beside the the youth and three other young men, including one of the victim’s brothers, at around 2am on Sunday and several men got out and proceeded to attack them. The attack took […]

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Fundraising drive for Cavan

A Belfast family are hoping the community can get behind them as they continue their fundraising drive so that their little boy can undergo pioneering surgery in America to help him walk. Two-and-a-half-year-old Cavan O’Neill was born with Spastic Diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to walk. Speaking from her Dunmurry […]

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