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Top award nomination for Belfast school principal who just wants to make a difference

A North Belfast school principal has been nominated for a prestigious award for her work in turning her school into one of the best performing primaries in the north. Holy Family Principal Dinah MacManus is one of four head teachers shortlisted for a Pearson Award that honours teachers right across the UK. Dinah has worked […]

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Why being a ‘New York Irish’ band is about much more than playing Irish music in New York

It feels like ‘New York Irish’ should be its own category on iTunes, have its own section in the record store. This subset of the Irish-American musical diaspora is arguably the most vibrant, most prolific today, so much so that it certainly qualifies as its own subgenre. Whenever I feel nostalgic and find myself missing […]

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Education is the key in battle against suicide

A  Belfast man who lost his 17-year-old son to suicide has embarked on a new programme that aims to equip all schools in the north with training on suicide prevention and battling depression. Philip McTaggart, who launched a personal crusade to battle the stigma preventing discussion of suicide shortly after the death of his son […]

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‘Inexplicable’ loss for Antrim

Antrim manager Kevin Ryan was making no excuses as his side capitulated to a humiliating 17-point loss to Westmeath on Sunday. The match was played in extremely wet conditions at Cusack Park, Mullingar and Antrim corner back Arron Graffin suffered a horror knee injury early on but Waterford native Ryan refused to use either as […]

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Putting neighbourly actions at the art of university ethos

The opening of an art display by University of Ulster students in North Belfast is the beginning of a new chapter that will see the institution engage with local people for years to come. That is the prediction of Professor Paul Seawright who spoke to the North Belfast News last week at the opening of […]

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Murdered and buried in France, 30 years on Seamus’s family hope that his remains can be found and brought home

The family of Seamus Ruddy, who was abducted, murdered and secretly buried in France 30 years ago this week, have said that it is difficult to bear the thought of facing another year without being able to bring him home. Seamus was teaching in Paris when he was murdered by the INLA and it is […]

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