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Confused? Welcome to Samuel Beckett

MAYBE it’s an indicator of the under-representation of women in serious art that the entrance of three female actors for Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure immediately conjures up The Three Witches of Macbeth, nevertheless, that was my reaction at The Mac on Thursday night. The production, brought to Belfast by the renowned Poets Theatre in […]

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NI budget deal to go before House of Commons

THE Budget bill for the north will go before the House of Lords later today (Tuesday). It was passed through the House of Commons on Monday after being backed by all parties. The 2017/18 budget includes an increase in health spending of 5.4%. NI Secretary James Brokenshire previously said that public services would begin to […]

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The long lost townland of Ballycranocke

Last year I started looking into the history of the area I grew up in at the bottom of the Glen Road. My initial interest was naming and tracing the dirty old river that flows under Miller’s Grove (formerly MacErlean’s bakery) at the top of Upton Cottages. Turf Lodge Stream, as I would soon learn […]

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Our ‘Inspirational Youth’ celebrated at gala event

HUNDREDs of proud parents, grandparents and guardians packed into De La Salle College on Friday night to celebrate our young people at the annual Inspirational Youth awards. Over 200,000 votes were cast in the Belfast Media Group event and the awards shone a spotlight on the everyday and most unheralded efforts of our wonderful young […]

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Baker to replace Bell on Council

LAGMORE Sinn Fein activist Danny Baker is to replace David Bell as a Belfast City Councillor. MR Bell has served as a Sinn Féin Councillor since being elected to Lisburn council in 2011 and then, after the council boundary changes, to Belfast City Council in 2014. The Dunmurry man said his increased responsibilities as a […]

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Aisling Awards arrive in the city

IT’S all systems go for this year’s glamorous Aisling Awards set in the luxurious surroundings of the Europa Hotel. The 21st annual Aisling Awards gala celebrates the champions of Belfast and will be held on November 24th, when Michael Russell, Minister with Responsibility for Brexit Negotiations for Scotland, will address the audience at this year’s […]

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