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Garden executioner is gradually getting rid of those pigeon pests

The mangy pigeons that congregate around Dúlra’s house like a gang of street drinkers are an eyesore. At least six sit on the roof waiting to be fed. When the first one arrived six months ago, Dúlra wasn’t bothered – it’s nice to have an extra species in the garden. But word of Dúlra’s generosity […]

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When it comes to the violence of the past, unionists don’t always hold their noses

I’m not sure if there are any Quakers in the ranks of the DUP or the UUP. Or the Alliance Party or the SDLP, for that matter. Yes, Virginia, they are a wide span of people to have lumped together. But let me explain. You’ll remember last week when Edwin Poots appeared on the Nolan […]

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Back from the dead – Lynda’s story is a powerful argument for CPR training

Today is Restart a Heart Day, a Europe-wide day aimed at teaching members of the public cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Few people know better than Lisburn woman Lynda Donaldson the vital importance of life-saving training – it’s because of CPR that she’s able to tell her story today. There are around 1,400 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in […]

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Junior doctor explains why he’s joining weekend protest against new contracts

HUNDREDS of junior doctors are set to take to the streets of Belfast on Saturday to protest against proposed changes to their working contracts. The new contracts, which have been rejected in Scotland and Wales, will result in a substantial increase in the routine working hours of a junior doctor from 60 to 90 hours […]

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How I learned one of life’s most important skills in just 30 minutes

  I’ve just learned the most important ‘life lesson’ that I’m ever likely to receive – and it took me just 30 minutes. I took part in a new initiative aimed at teaching people across Belfast to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. Relatively few groups in the city have taken part in the British […]

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Police promise to increase street presence in community drive to make Halloween safer

With Halloween fast approaching, the sound of bangers and fireworks are starting to echo through the streets. With that in mind, the Upper Falls Community Safety Forum (UFCSF) is leading the drive to keep people safe this Halloween. There are the usual fears involving the purchasing and handling of fireworks but there are also concerns […]

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