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Man identified as shop robber on Facebook jailed for four years

A gunman arrested after being identified on Facebook as a shop robber has been jailed for four years. 23-year-old Gerard Bracken, of Fruithill Park, had taken heroin before an “impulsive decision” to rob the Mace convenience shop on Caffrey Avenue in West Belfast, armed with a shotgun and a hammer. A young shop assistant had […]

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‘Fitzy’ fires Saffrons to second league victory

Allianz Football League Antrim 2-15 Wicklow 0-10 From Paddy Tierney at Corrigan Park A BRILLIANT 2-3 haul from Matthew Fitzpatrick helped Antrim seal their second victory in Division Four as they defeated Wicklow by 11 points in Corrigan Park on Saturday. Playing on his home turf, the St John’s ace roved between the middle third […]

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‘Restoring confidence’ a priority

THE new head of police in West Belfast has said that restoring community confidence in the PSNI is a priority. PSNI Chief Inspector Gary Reid, who took the reins at Woodbourne Police Station last month, said that local police teams will also have a particular focus on antisocial behaviour and drugs. A recent report from […]

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Belfasters back playing the best of the Dubliners

IF you love the music of the legendary Luke Kelly and The Dubliners then The Devenish is the spot for you tonight (Friday) as Belfast’s supergroup tribute to The Dubliners – The Belfasters – take to the stage. The Belfasters are made up of Gerard McNeill from The Rapparees, Shane McNeill and Stephen Loughran from […]

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Pic of the day, Friday, March 15

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Sentence overturned for man carrying flag

AN IRSP activist who was convicted for carrying a flag during a Falls Road Easter commemoration has had his sentence overturned. In December last year, West Belfast man Sean Carlin was given a four-month suspended sentence for carrying a historical replica of an INLA Belfast Battalion flag during the commemoration in 2017. The parade had […]

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