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If you want to get ahead get a hat

I LIKE hats. And caps. I have quite a nice collection of headwear, worn and aged, like myself, dispersed between Dublin and Belfast, Donegal, the car boot and all the places in between. It used to be customary for men to wear headware. Look at any old photos. Dunchers and flatcaps galore. Peaky blinders in […]

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Bringing the best of Irish music to the Waterfront Hall

THE guy who cut the ribbon on the Waterfront Hall back in 1997 would have been pleased with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil tour de force on Sunday past. For he once declared that “there are few responsibilities more absolute than those which flow from custodianship of a language and culture”, adding that society is “immeasurably […]

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My diabetes pain is coming to an end

ANYONE who has met me on occasions when I have talked about diabetes awareness will probably think, jeez, he talks about it like he has been struck by lightning. Surely, he is milking it! Yes I do talk a lot about diabetes and people respond with utter ignorance. I remember one of my former jobs […]

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They just can’t get enough of Shirley

PATHOS, poignancy, hilarity and a fortnight in Greece will collide once again as Tara Lynne O’Neill revives her Shirley Valentine on the Lyric stage this month. Before the initial Shirley run back in September, she had been approached to play one of Willy Russell’s most iconic creations by Lyric Executive Producer Jimmy Fay, a part, […]

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Big boost announced for SPAR Craic 10K runners

WITH less than a month to go until thousands of runners lace up for the annual SPAR Craic 10K on St Patrick’s Day, those who put in the miles on the day will be rewarded at the finish line with a carton of Avonmore Protein Milk. And leisure provider GLL will chip in with a free […]

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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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