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In a local church the congregation hears Catholic notes from a Protestant past

Parishioners at a West Belfast church are celebrating Mass for the first time accompanied by the beautiful sounds of a pipe organ that for years provided the music in a Protestant church in East Belfast. Holy Trinity church in Turf Lodge recently bought and restored pipe organ that was previously situated in the former St […]

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Belfast choir set to barnstorm Boston – and that’s Gospel!

Sister cities Boston and Belfast will be singing from the same hymn sheet this autumn when the Belfast Community Gospel Choir takes its 60-strong troupe Stateside. The choir was one of our four arts organisations which enjoyed a surprise windfall last week at a unique fundraiser which saw the groups pitch Dragons Den-style to a […]

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Queen’s University honours Shaun’s journey from Tullagh Park to Park Avenue

An Andersonstown native who heads up financial services giant KPMG in the US received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast yesterday for supporting the local economy and fostering transatlantic links. As vice-chair of KPMG’s US tax practice, former Holy Child and St Mary’s CBS pupil Shaun Kelly leads a team of 4,000 tax professionals from […]

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Antrim exit Championship as Fermanagh’s Quigley proves too hot to handle

All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round 2A   Fermanagh 1-21 Antrim 0-11   Antrim’s 2015 Championship campaign ended with a thumping 13-point defeat at the hands of a Sean Quigley-inspired Fermanagh side at Brewster Park yesterday. The Roslea attacker hit 0-14 in a stunning individual display of finishing to put Antrim to the sword. It was […]

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Belfast gets ready to celebrate the Fourth of July – ‘Independents Day’

The continuing importance of small traders to the commercial and social life of the city will be celebrated all over Belfast tomorrow on July 4 – ‘Independents Day’. The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has hooked up with local traders’ groups to celebrate the continued vitality of tour small businesses. A typical event was […]

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West Belfast celebrates a Dublin double

West Belfast woman Sarah Holland, who’s been elected Mayor of South Dublin, said it was the trauma of her father Harry’s murder that compelled her to become politically active. The Sinn Féin Councillor was elected to the top role in South Dublin Council on Friday night. Originally from the Glen Road, she is the daughter […]

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