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Music studio opens in Belfast

MORE than 600 disabled people will now be able to compose and perform their own music, thanks to a new state-of-the-art studio and ensemble workshop on the Springfield Road. Drake Music NI’s new premises in West Belfast will enable it to double the number of people it works with using its unique computer music technology. […]

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Storm petrels beat the Stormtroopers: local lads head to the island where Hollywood is banned

AND so it emerges this week that Star Wars may have been stopped from returning to film on Scellig Mhichíl because of potential damage to nature on the Kerry island. It seems the storm petrels that breed there have faced down one of the world’s biggest corporations. Who would have thought that the force would […]

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Why there’s not enough Irish whiskey in the global jar

There was once a rebellion over whiskey. But these days it’s a call to action spurred by a new report. A report prepared by Compecon, an Irish-based economic consulting firm, for the Wild Geese Irish Whiskey brand, has found that without the establishment of a wholesale market for bulk Irish whiskey, smaller Irish whiskey brands […]

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Christmas messages remind us what this festive season is really about

FR JOHN FORSYTHE, PP, ST MARY’S ON THE HILL Christmas is a lovely time of year, and surely there cannot be that many card-carrying bah-humbuggers who have left the field of play? For those that do celebrate, be honest, we allow ourselves to be seduced into conformity as we moondance through the seasonal landmarks of […]

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Sometimes you have to look that gift horse in the mouth

SCREWIN’ the form it’s called. Standing at the counter in your local bookies with your eyes flying promiscuously from screen to screen. On this one there’s a five-furlong dash from South Africa, on that one there’s a mile and a half handicap from Dubai; over thonder there are cartoon horses lining up for an animated […]

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Fundraising drive for Cavan

A Belfast family are hoping the community can get behind them as they continue their fundraising drive so that their little boy can undergo pioneering surgery in America to help him walk. Two-and-a-half-year-old Cavan O’Neill was born with Spastic Diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to walk. Speaking from her Dunmurry […]

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