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New history of UDR copperfastens its reputation as a loyalist militia

Speaking recently on Radio Ulster Jeffrey Donaldson provided a spirited defence of the Ulster Defence Regiment. Few nationalists or republicans would have recognised his description of the locally recruited regiment but fewer still would have been surprised that a Democratic Unionist MP and former UDR soldier would reject criticism of his former comrades. Claims that […]

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How surplus food from our supermarkets is making Belfast a better place

A local project that distributes surplus food to charities and voluntary organisations is having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups. The FareShare scheme, run by the Council for the Homeless, is directly tackling food poverty by collecting surplus food from major retail outlets and redistributing it to charities that are […]

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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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