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City Cemetery masterplan takes a big step forward with new Lottery funding

EXCITING plans for the development of Belfast’s City Cemetery have taken a huge leap forward with substantial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new innovation centre. HLF has awarded £165,800 through its Parks for People programme towards the latest part of City Hall’s cemetery masterplan. Head of HLF Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, […]

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Holy smoke! The Priests climb on board at rehearsals for new Lyric production

IT was a case of all aboard ‘The Holy Holy Bus’ on Tuesday as cast and crew from the upcoming Lyric production welcomed some special visitors to rehearsals. The grand ballroom at the Devenish Complex at Finaghy is the rehearsal space for the play ahead of a ten-day run at the South Belfast theatre. Invited […]

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Excitement builds as Tall Ships prepare to sail into Belfast for four-day spectacular

Excitement is building with just days to go until the Tall Ships arrive in Belfast in what’s expected to be the biggest spectator event ever staged in the city. Belfast will act as the home port before the start of the 2015 Tall Ships Race, with dozens of the world’s most spectacular sailing vessels berthed […]

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The Grey Lady’s shocking reporting of an Irish tragedy gets punished in the digital age

Back in the early days of 1989, another century and, in terms of media and communication, another epoch, the failure of the New York Times to report the assassination of Belfast attorney Pat Finucane was itself a story. But it was a slow burner. Days would pass after the murder, days would pass after the […]

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Inspirational Fr Des celebrates his 90th at a birthday bash in Conway Mill

He may be turning ninety, but the impish mischief and kindness which epitomise people’s priest Fr Des Wilson were to the fore last night as he blew out the candles on his birthday cake at a community celebration in Conway Mill. Nodding to his older brother Gerard, sitting in the front row with the extended […]

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Féile pulls off another coup as 80s synth-pop maestros The Human League sign up to play the marquee

THE signature sound of the 1980s electronica scene will ring out from the Falls Park next month as The Human League take to the stage in the Féile big top. Sheffield’s finest have been behind some of the most enduring dance-floor fillers of the past 35 years. The synth-pop pioneers are the latest act to […]

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