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Voices raised at the Duncairn Centre

IRELAND has, thankfully, its fair share of selfless ambassadors who have made it their life’s work to build community.
 They are grassroots patriots who realise that you build a nation from the street corner up.
 Among their number is Cork’s Philip King, the multi-talented musician, radio presenter and creator of the greatest-ever film tribute to […]

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Rosemount appeal for clothes as winter nears

A NORTH Belfast hostel is appealing for help from the public to provide clothing for the needy as winter fast approaches. Rosemount House on the Antrim Road is asking for donations of warm clothing such as hats, gloves, scarfs, fleeces and thermal vests as part of its annual campaign. Established in 1988, Rosemount provides sheltered […]

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Concern battling to free prisoners of poverty

Robin Livingstone has been to the east African country of Burundi to visit projects that will benefit from Concern Worldwide’s Food in a Fragile World appeal. Here’s his third and final report. IT’S hot and sunny again and Esperance Ciza desperately needs to get her 22-month-old son Don Divin to hospital. He’s suffering from oedema, […]

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Assault on the Irish language

DO we need an Irish Language Act? History suggests that we do. The creation of the Northern Ireland state was a mixed blessing for unionist politicians. They were still part of the United Kingdom and the British empire, but at a price. They had no long-term security. Their traditional enemies had not gone away. This […]

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History doesn’t reflect fine words

LAST week Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Orange Order, declared that the Orange Order had no quarrel with those who enjoy the Irish language and wish to use it and that it had never sought to deny anyone the right to enjoy those traditions. Fine words, but history tells a different story. During the […]

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So what’s the Irish for déjà vu then?

Unionist attacks on the Irish language began as early as June 1893 – six weeks before the Gaelic League was founded. During the committee stage of the second Home Rule Bill in Westminster that month, Thomas Lea, the anti-Home Rule MP for South Londonderry, proposed an amendment that would have prevented an Irish parliament from passing […]

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