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Cairbre gunning for success at the Emirates as he swaps the sliotar for soccer

A Belfast sports fanatic has landed a dream job with Arsenal FC, despite being more comfortable with a hurl in his hands than a ball at his feet. Newly-appointed strength and conditioning coach at the Emirates is Cairbre Ó Cairealláin, son of well-known local Irish language activist Gearóid Ó Cairealláin. He joins a growing Irish […]

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Trump’s anti-Mexico ranting echoes down through US history

One of the big world stories of recent times has been Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants in general and Jeb Bush’s wife in particular. Someone would have to be living without electricity in Conamara to not know that this brouhaha has pushed the billionaire to the front of the GOP 2016 primary field. Naturally, […]

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St Mary’s again rides high in polls

ST MARY’S University College has scored a mammoth 96 per cent in a major student satisfaction poll, placing the Falls Road institution second in the prestigious Times Higher Education 2015 survey. In the report published yesterday (Wednesday) the West Belfast college came in behind Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which scored 98 per cent. Stranmillis […]

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New Lodge author Millar celebrates double-whammy as his latest crime novel hits the bookshelves

Prolific New Lodge crime writer Sam Millar is celebrating a double success this week as the release of his new thriller, Past Darkness, coincided with the announcement he would be one of the few western authors to be published across Turkey after signing a new publishing deal. Sam is the North Belfast man whose writing […]

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USA’s oldest teaching week has an impeccable traditional reputation

There’s nothing like a solid week of traditional Irish music to cleanse the soul. I’ve just returned from the small Davis and Elkins College campus in Elkins, West Virginia, where I’ve been enjoying the crack at Augusta Irish Week 2015. Since 1982, which is when Mick Moloney first worked with the Augusta Heritage Centre to […]

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Triumphant UB40 sell-out gig is fitting end to the best Féile yet

It’s over for another year. With 400 events in ten days, this year’s Féile an Phobail ended with a massive sell-out concert by reggae kings UB40 on Sunday night with the Birmingham band belting out hit after hit late into the night. Playing their back catalogue to a bumper Féile audience, the heat was bubbling […]

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