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After 17 years, Clonard Rector takes a well-deserved break before taking up a new challenge

AT a time when the Catholic Church is struggling to cope with dwindling Mass attendance, a sharp fall in vocations and the fall-out from the child abuse scandal, the Clonard Novena is a remarkable and growing success. Now one of the guiding lights behind the annual outpouring of community spirit is about to say his […]

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Shocked Belfast mum speaks out after her ‘talking’ baby becomes an internet sensation

A Belfast mum whose new-born son has become an internet sensation after she posted a video of him online appearing to say the word ‘hello’ says she’s amazed by the online response. The video of baby Cillian McCann saying his first word at just seven weeks old has been viewed more than 1.1million times on […]

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New festival aims to broaden the city’s political and cultural horizons

A NEW festival launched in Belfast this week aims to broaden the horizons of political and cultural debate in the city. Perhaps fittingly, the launch comes at a time when yet another row threatens to derail the political institutions. Endorsed by Stephen Fry, the Belfast ‘Festival of Ideas and Politics’ is a week-long series of […]

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Carroll vows to take on ‘austerity parties’

BY TIARNÁN Ó MUILLEOIR t.omuilleoir@belfastmediagroup.com   PEOPLE Before Profit Councillor Gerry Carroll has announced he is to run in the upcoming Westminster election in West Belfast. The local representative for the Blackmountain Ward says he aims to “offer an alternative to the parties of austerity”.   “All the main parties are in agreement that austerity has […]

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School and community come together in a Model of good practice

A unique concept transforming the use of closed spaces in North Belfast for the benefit of the community is continuing to reap rich dividends. The North Belfast City Learning Centre, based at the Model School for Girls and Boys, facilitates the use of the school’s state-of-the-art facilities on evenings and at weekends. The facilities are […]

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Celebrating the life of ‘Home Rule Harrison’, a forgotten British war hero and Parnell lieutenant

As an Oxford-educated Protestant landowner and Member of Parliament who was decorated for bravery in the First World War, Henry Harrison was fairly typical of the unionist aristocracy who represented Ireland in the British House of Commons in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But Henry differed from the social circle in which he […]

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