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Axe hovers over crucial mental health service, but Hope springs eternal

Behind the front door of an unassuming Housing Executive property in Belfast a highly specialised mental health team have supported local people for the past 25 years. The Beacon day support centre, which opened in December 1990 as the Twinbrook Day Centre, offers support four days a week for people who are experiencing difficulties with […]

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RAB C. comes to Belfast in Scottish adaptation of hit comedy

Gregor Fisher – better known to his army of fans across the North Channel as Rab C. Nesbitt – is bringing his unique brand of comedy to Belfast in a riotous and provocative new production that has already taken Scotland by storm. Glasgow, 1977: The Minerva Fish Bar is shuttered and silent – a derelict […]

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Rain can’t dampen the mood as smiles and joy greet first day of Novena

DESPITE the early morning rain, thousands of faithful turned out for the first session of the 72nd Clonard Solemn Novena yesterday (Wednesday) morning. In what is the biggest event in the West Belfast calendar, people of all ages from right across the city and far beyond made their way to the iconic West Belfast church […]

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Belfast honours filmmaker Morrison at conflict-in-cinema event

FAMED FILMMAKER George Morrison is to be the guest of honour at events in Belfast this week celebrating his epochal contribution to Irish cinema. The influential director is best known for two historical documentaries Mise Éire (1959), the story of the 1916 Rising and the first Irish language film, and Saoirse? (1961), which chronicled Ireland’s […]

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Ministers from north and south tour the city’s Irish language hot spots

MINISTERS FROM north and south have done the rounds of Irish language organisations in Belfast. Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys TD and Joe McHugh TD, the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, joined DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín for a series of engagements. The Ministers visited Foras na Gaeilge, Raidió Fáilte, An Chultúrlann, the Linenhall Library […]

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There’s so much to celebrate after Duncairn’s first year

AS the man who more than anyone was behind the development of the Duncairn Culture and Arts Centre, the Reverend Bill Shaw can be satisfied that one year since the Antrim Road venue opened its doors the former church has been established as one of Belfast’s foremost cultural and artistic hubs. But Bill isn’t one […]

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