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Heartbreaking scenes as 13-year-old Eoin Hamill is laid to rest

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered under grey skies this morning to pay their respects to 13-year-old Eoin Hamill who was knocked off his bicycle and killed on Friday afternoon. Pupils and teaching staff from the young boy’s school Coláiste Feirste and the Gleann Boxing Club stood in the morning rain and formed guards of honour at […]

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Community in shock after death of Eoin Hamill

THE funeral of a young boxer who tragically died after being hit by a car on Friday evening will take place tomorrow (Tuesday). Eoin Hamill, a 13-year-old Coláiste Feirste pupil, was knocked off his bicycle on the Upper Springfield Road shortly after 4.30pm on Friday. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but passed […]

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Discover the beauty of Africa in Belfast

HOW Do I Pronounce Your Name? That’s a common question. No worries. I can’t even think of how I’ll start pronouncing your very difficult Irish first name. Foreigners will take time to digest the following Gaelic names: Caoimhe, Oisín, Siobhán, Niamh and a host of others. There is a historical context to this and this […]

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A huge year for policing

TALKS aimed at restoring the devolved institutions get under way later this week and we have already rehearsed what needs to be done by the parties here in order to ensure that any resumed Executive and Assembly are fit for purpose and possessed of the requisite commitment to justice and rights to allow them to […]

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The ghost of Policing Past visits

I WRITE this column on the 29th anniversary of the murder of Fearghal Caraher from Cullyhanna. Mr Caraher had been the victim of systemic harassment by the RUC in the lead-in to the Royal Marines shooting him dead. The harassing RUC were based at Crossmaglen Barracks. Sited beside Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club, RUC officers and […]

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Welcome Organisation: ‘Be kind to those living on the street’

I meet with Welcome Organisation CEO Sandra Moore in a room stacked from floor to almost ceiling of sleeping bags, which I’m told, have been donated by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. Most, if not all, of these will be gone over the coming nights to those sleeping rough in the city centre. Offering […]

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