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Belfast reggae boys looking forward to beats on the barge

LOCAL reggae and ska band Boss Sound Manifesto are set to release their debut album at what should be an unforgettable gig on the Belfast Barge this weekend. The West Belfast outfit was founded in 2011, but with members coming and going, and after years of crafting an original sound, the album has been a […]

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Rising star Alanna gives hope to those in distress

A SPRING Ball is set to take place at the Devenish Complex with all proceeds raised from the night going towards the vital work of mental health awareness charities. ‘Stand By Me’, the brainchild of local man Daniel McGinley, will take place on Friday, March 6 and will feature an array of vocal talent including […]

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From street busker to Empire headliner

JOHN Garrity is a familiar face to many around Belfast city centre, entertaining shoppers with his on-street busking. Originally from Enniskillen, the 28-year-old has made Belfast his home ever since returning from a spell in America and next month is set to headline a gig in the Empire with companion Jonathan Cariaga in a duo […]

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If you want to get ahead get a hat

I LIKE hats. And caps. I have quite a nice collection of headwear, worn and aged, like myself, dispersed between Dublin and Belfast, Donegal, the car boot and all the places in between. It used to be customary for men to wear headware. Look at any old photos. Dunchers and flatcaps galore. Peaky blinders in […]

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Bringing the best of Irish music to the Waterfront Hall

THE guy who cut the ribbon on the Waterfront Hall back in 1997 would have been pleased with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil tour de force on Sunday past. For he once declared that “there are few responsibilities more absolute than those which flow from custodianship of a language and culture”, adding that society is “immeasurably […]

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My diabetes pain is coming to an end

ANYONE who has met me on occasions when I have talked about diabetes awareness will probably think, jeez, he talks about it like he has been struck by lightning. Surely, he is milking it! Yes I do talk a lot about diabetes and people respond with utter ignorance. I remember one of my former jobs […]

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