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Young buyers in Belfast

IN spite of all the uncertainties young people are confronted with in Belfast and across the north more generally – from Brexit to political instability, to the alleged ‘brain drain’ effect and the looming threat of recession – many still choose to set down long-term roots here. The combination of a growing younger population, gently […]

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The craic’s ninety but where’s the snow?

“WHEN you travel to a new place, you try to make the best of it and that is what I have done,” says Penina Kaumbuthu with a bookish strong smile. 25-year-old Penina was a bit emotional when she boarded that eight-hour long flight last year. “I did my research about where to study. I wanted […]

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There’s no fuel like an old fuel

SUPPOSE it had to happen some time given Squinter’s, ah, interesting history of comical misdemeanours. Sunday afternoon and Squinter’s heading up the lough with the dog for a walk, but as he exits the street the orange petrol symbol on the dashboard lights up and he notices that the needle is lower than a Rangers […]

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Pan Africanism: Still the longest dream ever

MANY big towns in Ireland and Britain have a Little Africa, so to speak, and that demography will rightfully include the Caribbean community and the rest of the Black diaspora. There are several organisations in Ireland that represent and showcase Africa and Africans here. The oldest of these groups is the African and Caribbean Support […]

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Is Tribeca a fillip for the city or a nail in Belfast’s coffin?

WHILE the planned city centre mega-development Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal abbreviated New York-style) has raised howls of derision from built heritage campaigners, its backers say it has the potential to propel Belfast into a bright new era. Replacing the desolate wastelands of the northern inner-city — desolation caused in no small part by developers who […]

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Discover the beauty of Africa in Belfast

HOW Do I Pronounce Your Name? That’s a common question. No worries. I can’t even think of how I’ll start pronouncing your very difficult Irish first name. Foreigners will take time to digest the following Gaelic names: Caoimhe, Oisín, Siobhán, Niamh and a host of others. There is a historical context to this and this […]

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