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You just can’t please everyone

  Sometimes you have to laugh. And often, I find, a fit of the giggles comes on just at those moments when it would be highly inappropriate to let them out. But this is not one of those occasions. This time, giggles and guffaws and near-painful belly-laughs are the only sane response. The man to […]

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Return of the native as a pine martin is spotted

  Dúlra’s heart missed a beat when he got the anonymous text from a reader – “I saw a pine martin in Colin Glen – have video”. The pine martin is perhaps Ireland’s rarest animal. It was going the way of extinction like the Irish wolf, the lynx or the boar but just managed to […]

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Real delivery

  JENNIFER McCann MLA has stepped down. This marks a significant moment in the world of women in politics. It’s possible we are witnessing a generational shift that, had it involved a man, might have been commented on more widely. Orlaithí Flynn has the confidence of her party – and those who know her well […]

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A portrait of the artist as Eimear has the perfect job

  Eimear Maguire is following her dream – and we can all be very proud of her. The young mum-of-two has two passions in life – beside her family, of course – painting and birds. And she’s just on the way to forging an extraordinary career as a home-grown artist whose paintings are adorning more […]

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Rich and fascinating history of Belfast’s best-loved bar

  Why does that Kelly’s arch require staff to duck down? “Do you know why the arch behind the bar is so low? No? I’ll tell you later. Take a look at the height of the bar counter.” The question was put to me away back in the early 1960s by Jim Gallagher as he […]

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Extending the Presidential vote

  “WE could be discussing the A6 and A5, improvements to our port and the 100 new jobs announced in our area. Instead we have nationalist councillors trying to outdo one another with pointless motions.” Those are the words of Councillor Graham Warke (DUP). He was reacting to a motion passed by Derry City and […]

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