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Dad launches appeal in memory of Eimear

THE father of a young West Belfast cancer battler, who passed away last year, has helped launch the ‘Donuts for Donors’ appeal, the North’s first ever Stem Cell Donation Awareness Day. Seán Smyth, whose daughter Eimear Gooderman (née Smyth) died on the 27th of June 2019, was joined by the Lord Mayor Danny Baker for […]

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Best of traditional Irish music for Belfast

THE Waterfront Hall is set to host the 2020 Gradam Ceoil TG4 music awards, with globally renowned quintet Beoga playing live at the internationally acclaimed event. Trad sensation Beoga, who collaborated with Ed Sheeran for his 2017 chart topping hit ‘Galway Girl’ will take to the stage, for what is set to be the biggest […]

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Register now for the Craic 10k St Pat’s run

BELFAST’S First Citizen was onhand to officially launch the annual SPAR Craic 10K. Set to kick-start St Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17, thousands of runners are set to take part in the urban run which is celebrating its sixth year. Lord Mayor Danny Baker told the Andersonstown News that he will counting down the […]

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Alex is new Speaker

NEWLY appointed Speaker of the Assembly Alex Maskey says he intends to set structures which will be ultimately “underpinned by respect”. Sinn Féin and the DUP re-entered devolved government after the two main parties supported a deal to restore the political institutions in the north following its collapse in January 2017. Having entered Stormont as […]

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Great value and a tasty lunch at the Suffolk Inn

MONDAY, lunchtime, and Storm Brendan was making his presence felt as we headed for shelter and sustenance at The Suffolk Inn Bar and Restaurant. Safely ensconced from the elements and taking a pew in the upstairs restaurant, our party of three were keen to stave off the January blues – and plummeting temperatures as we […]

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It’s time to call a health emergency

SO let’s be clear. We deserve better Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, says “there is no greater public health challenge than suicide prevention.” As communities across Belfast are in mourning following a weekend in which young lives were tragically lost, I would like to take this opportunity to call upon Dr Michael McBride, the […]

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