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Bar staff trained to look for signs of depression in imaginative new training initiative

A pioneering project by two bars in North Belfast to identify signs of depression in their customers has been praised as a potentially life-saving scheme. The Chester Bar and the Lansdowne Hotel, both on the Antrim Road, have equipped their staff with vital skills that will see them become more aware of mental health problems […]

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Is the ‘Shipyard Poet’ in line for a blue plaque at his former Belfast home?

There are calls for a blue plaque to be erected at the former home of Joe Nolan, known as the Shipyard Poet. Blue plaques are administered by the Ulster History Circle in a tribute to men and women who have made important contributions to society across a wide range of fields. As well as penning […]

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Bishop Treanor calls for more to be done to help refugees

Bishop Noel Treanor has called for more to be done to help ease the current refugee and humanitarian crisis sweepng Europe. During his speech on the issue at Mater Dei Church in Crumlin, CO Antrim, on Sunday, the Bishop of Down and Connor called on politicians to act on the crisis. “In the light of […]

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Irish classes start back at Ionad Uibh Eachach

It’s September and Irish language classes are back throughout Belfast. Announcing details of their courses this week, Ionad Uíbh Eachach – the Irish language community centre based in Iveagh Crescent behind An Chultúrlann – have a wide range of Irish courses available both in the morning and the evening. Ionad’s adult education programmes are supported […]

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Damien’s dam fine job is great news for lovers of the outdoors

The transformation of Ligoniel dams from a forgotten remnant of Belfast’s linen industry into one of the most beautiful recreation areas in the city is almost complete and a shining example of how a community can impact how an area is regenerated. That’s the opinion of Damien McCallin from Ligoniel Improvement Association who has been […]

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Sports Minister says Casement changes demanded by project report are already being implemented

CHANGES are already taking place in the Casement redevelopment plan after an in-depth report made 20 recommendations – including the replacement of key personnel in the project. The new movement comes after the independent British Cabinet Office report into the project, released last month, said that, despite the challenges, a redeveloped GAA stadium in the […]

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