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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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Spring is in the air down the Grosvenor

ENVIRONMENTAL upgrade works in Distillery Street are nearing completion in an initiative between the Grosvenor Community Centre and Housing Executive. Sinn Féin Councillor Tina Black explained how what was once a derelict site has now been transformed to incorporate tree planting and a newly installed walkway. “This site was vacant and it was getting a […]

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All eyes on the Sean Graham festival preview night

ALL eyes will be on the Europa Hotel on Monday for the brilliantly informative Sean Graham Cheltenham Preview Night. Gordon Elliott heads an all-star racing cast with Willie Mullins’ assistant and ex-jockey, David Casey also taking his seat at the top table. Sean Graham have signed up the Noel Meade stable jockey Sean Flanagan who […]

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Pic of the day, Tuesday February 26

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Ballymurphy inquest hears how residents asked British army for ‘protection’

WITNESSES to the events in Ballymurphy during August 1971 said they expected British soldiers to protect them during the shootings, but instead hid fearing a massacre, an inquest has heard. As the inquest resumed at Belfast Crown Court on Monday, Eilish Meehan said people had gone to the army to ask for protection. “That never […]

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Famous sons and daughters of West Belfast depicted on new mural

YOUNG people from across the city were guests of honour in the Gaeltacht Quarter on Thursday as Fáilte Feirste Thiar unveiled its new signature mural. Director of the tourism development organization, Harry Connolly, explained how they wanted to “transform the greyness of our existing building into colour and creativity”. “Our building was an ugly grey […]

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