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Lost letter that told family of late father’s struggle with alcohol

For many, it’s nice to unwind after a week at work with a relaxing drink. But what happens when relaxation turns to dependency? And what effect does this have on your family and friends? A local family found the answers to those questions in the most surprising way – when they found a letter their […]

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Christmas balloons set to be released

The Christmas season in Belfast is shaping up to be even merrier than usual, thanks to local actors Ciarán Nolan and Gerard Jordan. The two local lads, who became fast friends while working together on Pearse Elliott’s Pulling Moves, have just launched their own production company, The Balloon Factory Productions. Kicking things off in style, […]

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Cavan playwright McManus’s honesty is the secret of his talent and charm

John McManus is an instantly likeable fella. And it’s not that the writer of the winning play from this year’s 1st Irish festival has what Shakespeare termed the “glib and oily art” of phonies. Rather, the Cavan man’s honesty is part of his charm. Asked how he chose the one play he planned to see […]

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Comic Alan moves behind the scenes for his directorial debut

ALAN McKee – one half of comedy duo Grimes and McKee – is preparing to make his directorial debut with Donna O’Connor’s latest work, Handbag Positive. The play, set in an A&E waiting room, tells the story of Attracta and Nora, two childhood friends now caring for their elderly mothers who haven’t seen each other […]

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Ex-pat’s movie memories of Divis Flats get a Homecoming screening

Growing up in Divis Flats is the subject of a documentary to be screened at the Movie House on the Dublin Road next week. Alive From The Divis Flats is the story of Hugo Straney, an Irish Canadian from Divis who has been living in Toronto for over four decades. The film focuses on the […]

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Arsenal to make home advantage count against Man Utd at better than evens

It’s been a tough old few weeks for the PG personally – losing a parent is tough for anyone and on September 13, I sadly lost the inspiration behind this column, my dad. He was the man who pushed and inspired to me to come up with the PG idea way back in 1994 as […]

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