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His was a life of ‘endurance and resolve’

The 19th century Donegal poet, lamenting his drowned son, comes closest to capturing our devastation at the news that Martin McGuinness is gone. An chéad Mháirt de fhómhair ba brónach tuirseach mo scéal. Lámh thapa a bhí cróga ag gabháil rohmam ar leaba na n-éag. On the First Tuesday of autumn, sorry and tired was […]

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Darkness to light coffee morning

A COMMUNITY group from Hannahstown is taking action to address the “disturbing” increase in the number of suicides in the area with the first ever ‘Darkness into light’ charity walk in West Belfast. A coffee morning to launch the event was held in Lámh Dhearg CLG clubrooms where a Hannahstown Community Association spokesperson explained: “Today […]

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Thousands of daffodils brighten up Marie Curie’s ‘Garden of Light’

ST ANNE’S Square in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter will be awash with yellow daffodils when it plays host to the Marie Curie ‘Garden of Light’ to mark the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The immersive art installation will be open to the public from Thursday 24 to Sunday, March 26. The Garden is made up of 2,100 […]

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Duncairn to learn from New York Irish arts experience

A PIONEERING project in Belfast that saw a Presbyterian minister transform his church into an Irish cultural centre after his congregation dwindled is to seek partnerships in New York to develop their cross community outreach. The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts’ events manager, Ray Giffen, is to spend a month in New York from […]

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History and heritage of City Cemetery to be brought to the fore

AMBITIOUS plans for the City Cemetery are about to be realised and Belfast City Council wants to hear from you. Cllr Steven Corr, chair of the Falls Park/City Cemetery Masterplan Group, said the cemetery is one of the jewels of Belfast but has been in the news for the wrongs reasons recently. “We want to […]

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Spring festival aims to change the face of St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland area

A NEW event taking place this week aims to change the image of the Holyland as a no-go area on St Patrick’s Day. The Spring Gathering Festival, which is being co-ordinated by the South Belfast Partnership Board, will enable families to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the story of St Patrick as a refugee, highlighting […]

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