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Aisling goes East in a celebration of the city’s heroes

It was the hottest ticket in town on the coldest night of the year as the Aisling Awards paid tribute to the champions of a changing city in Titanic Belfast on Friday night. Even the freezing sleet whipping off the Lagan couldn’t dampen the high spirits of the 400 who turned out for the sold-out […]

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It may take the wisdom of the ages to tackle the next big equality challenge

MY four ex-children (they’re all-growed-up now) are very good at either ignoring any advice I may give them or denouncing any views I may happen to offer, whether about a domestic or a political matter. But that’s family for you. They wouldn’t be normal if they weren’t trying to kill their oul’ fella (meta-phorically speaking) […]

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US terror alert grounds Walsh as Aisling makes its Titanic debut

THE judges’ decisions are in for the 19th annual Aisling Awards with a host of city champions and ambassadors set to gather for a glittering ceremony at the sold-out Titanic Belfast tomorrow (Friday) night. The ‘Belfast Oscars’ will be bestowed upon those groups, organisations and individuals that work to promote the city with each and […]

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In a week of globetrotting, a sense of unease about the future is lifted by a visit to East Belfast

I spent time in four countries in little over a week recently and recognised a sense of unease about the future in all. Much of this stemmed from a fear that people are no longer in control of their destinies – that outside forces have far too much power over their lives. With U.S. elections […]

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One year on from Una’s death, her legacy is a continuing gift to the Hospice

Una Crudden lost her courageous battle against Ovarian Cancer almost a year ago but her legacy and memory live on. Una’s loving husband Felix has been tirelessly raising funds and awareness for the Hospice ever since. On Friday night past Felix held a fundraiser in the Falls Bowling Club for the Hospice and their ‘Let’s […]

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So what’s it to be: white noise or a White Christmas

SQUINTER’S lying in bed on Saturday morning fiddling with the radio, trying to find a station that doesn’t make him want to hurl the wireless at the window. There’s the usual cacophonous parade as the dial is turned: DJs on local commercial stations with pretend accents; resting actors hysterically speed-reading ads and promising Christmas delivery; […]

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