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Frampton-Quigg go head-to-head in angry war of words at Europa

Pantomime season was in full swing at the Europa Hotel yesterday as Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg concluded their three-day press tour ahead of their unification fight in Manchester on February 27. The Grand Ballroom in the hotel was packed to capacity long before Eddie Hearn entered with Scott Quigg and trainer Joe Gallagher in […]

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New visa rules likely to mean a massive drop in Irish students working in the United States

You’ll meet them, often during summer vacations by the shore: young Irish students serving you lunch, or a drink at sundown. Now it looks like the sun is setting on many such encounters. New rules for summer J-1 student visas mean that beginning in 2016 Irish students (and students from other countries in the U.S. […]

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Walters keeps his cool to fire precious double that sends Ireland to France

ON A tense and emotional night at the Aviva the Republic of Ireland booked a berth in next summer’s Euro 2016 in France with an assured and solid 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzogovina in the play-off second leg. The match was finely balanced after Friday night’s 1-1 draw in Zenica but any fears that the low-scoring […]

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Season’s greetings from frontline Belfast, where things aren’t all sleigh bells and snow

A superstitious Santa with a sackful of poitín, a down-on-his-luck man struggling to make it out of the pub with his turkey intact, a cheating husband and an abandoned granny are just some of the rich cast of Belfast characters a taxi driver picks up and sets down in the Lyric Theatre’s ‘Christmas Eve Can […]

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Griffith reclaims his place in Irish history

Michael Collins said of Arthur Griffith that he “has none of the wildness of some I could name. Instead there is an abundance of wisdom and awareness of things which are Ireland”. That description comes through page after page in Owen McGee’s biography of Griffith – astonishingly the first major biography of one of the […]

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Loughgiel man O’Mullan handed job of reviving Antrim hurling fortunes

PJ O’Mullan was last night ratified as the new Antrim senior hurling manager. The former Loughgiel Shamrocks boss succeeds Kevin Ryan, who stepped down at the end of the season. Antrim endured a hugely disappointing 2015 campaign and O’Mullan’s first goal will be to guide the Ulster champions back to Division 1B following relegation last […]

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