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Youth clubs put aside their differences to reach out a helping hand

Young people and youth workers from Ardoyne and the Shankill have reached across the city divide to take part in a mission of mercy to Africa. The Belfast to Blanco initiative sees young people from Ardoyne Youth Club and the Hammer Youth Club team up to travel to the Blanco township in Cape Town, South […]

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Belfast man sees close-up how Lenten donations are changing people’s lives

David O’Hare travelled to Ethiopia recently to see how our Lenten donations are helping fund Trócaire projects and are changing lives for the better… Readers will have read throughout Lent about the problems facing a huge amount of people in Ethiopia. With most of the 90 million population relying on rain-fed crops to feed themselves […]

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Elks out to make history as they head west for showdown in Galway

Excitement’s building in the world of local basketball ahead of the appearance of the Jordanstown-based Ulster Elks in the final of the National Shield on Sunday. It’s a tough ask for Elks U18s who are competing for the coveted trophy with Connacht outfit Moycullen – they beat the Ulster girls in the semi-final of the […]

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Six days of ‘celebration’ that have the Ambulance Service at full stretch

We’ve been in close contact in recent weeks with ambulance staff as we covered the industrial stoppage of Friday, May 13 and the controversial decision of Ambulance Service management to declare a major incident two hours before crews were to due to go on strike, writes our diarist Squinter in his sideways look at the […]

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MLAs take the plunge in support of Lagan Search and Rescue

Two MLAs took the plunge yesterday to support the lifesaving war of Lagan Search and Rescue. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir of Sinn Féin and Sammy Douglas of the DUP joined forces to take part in a simulated rescue by the volunteers of Lagan Search and Rescue in the Lagan at Shaws Bridge on Sunday – before […]

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New Irish language centre opens in North Belfast

North Belfast’s burgeoning Irish language community has received more good news with the opening of a new centre that aims to promote the Irish language and culture. Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain (McCracken Cultural Society), which each summer hosts one of Ireland’s largest summer schools, has taken over the old Christian Brothers Past Pupils Union building […]

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