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Minister promises ‘world class’ health system on visit to centre

NEW Health Minister Michelle O’Neill visited Duncairn Gardens to learn about work being carried out to deal with the mental health crisis in North Belfast. The Minister visited Bridge of Hope, which assists people affected by the legacy of the conflict and encourages better health and wellbeing. The suicide rate in the north of Ireland […]

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A simple card can help others in so many ways

THE word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. But it is also a word that strikes fear into us and at one stage or another all of us are bound to know someone afflicted by the condition. Dementia is caused when the brain […]

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Sands documentary set to hit screens

“I AM standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul”. These words marked the beginning of IRA volunteer Bobby Sands’ hunger strike on March 1st 1981. Directed by West Belfast award-winning documentarian Brendan J Byrne, Bobby Sands: 66 Days tells the story of the dramatic events of the […]

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Former nurse recognised for four years of vital service

VOLUNTEERS from the Children’s Hospice in North Belfast were recognised at a recent event to celebrate their contribution and effort. The ‘Volunteer Thank You’ event paid tribute to all the volunteers at the Hospice, including Jordanstown woman Mary Devlin who has been volunteering in the kitchen for five years. Mary, who was previously a nurse […]

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A fond farewell to Freddie Gilroy

THE funeral of North Belfast and Irish boxing legend Freddie Gilroy took place yesterday (Thursday). Family, friends and the close-knit boxing circle were among mourners at Holy Cross church in Ardoyne for Freddie’s Requiem Mass. Freddie died, aged 80, earlier this week following a period in hospital after suffering a stroke last year. The Ardoyne […]

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Local men unveil currach at the Half Moon Lake

A currach, hand-crafted by members of the Colin Area Men’s Shed in a boat building project at the Half-Moon Lake, has been officially unveiled by Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston. The traditional Irish sea vessel is an exact replica of a Gola currach in place at Magherallen Pier in Donegal and its creation is the […]

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