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Paedophile former boxer back in the dock

A FORMER champion boxer from Ardoyne jailed last year for a sex attack on a nine-year-old boy will be sentenced next week after admitting to separate charges of sending naked pictures of himself to a 13-year-old boy via the internet. Ciaran James McAuley, 27, who is serving a two-year sentence in Maghaberry for attacking the […]

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Community rallies to support Caolán

THE Oldpark community in North Belfast has railed around a 16-year-old boy following the death of his mother by raising almost £2,700. Last week, the North Belfast News broke the news of the death of the popular and well-loved mother, Donna O’Halloran following an illness. The 36-year-old suffered an aneurysm which led to a stroke […]

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Bred and buttered in Belfast city

FOODIES along with city historians united under wet skies on Saturday for Kabosh Theatre Company’s Belfast Bred walking tour of the city’s cuisine haunts from past to present. Our band of early morning risers converged outside Belfast’s oldest deli, Fountain Street’s Sawers, were we met with “chef Barney” whose mission was to get our help […]

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Joseph and Mary to be laid to rest together

THE daughter of Ballymurphy Massacre victim Joseph Murphy has spoken of her mixed emotions that her beloved parents will be laid to rest together today (Thursday). Mother-of-12 Mary Ellen Murphy passed away on August 22 – exactly 45 years to the day that her husband Joseph died from gunshot wounds he received during the Ballymurphy […]

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Botanic art goes totally tropical

BOTANIC Gardens Tropical Ravine is taking a trip down memory lane in its new 27-metre long artwork Artist Peter Strain and poet Emma Must were commissioned by Belfast City Council to create artwork to surround the Tropical Ravine while its £3.8 million restoration is completed. The artwork stretches across the great lawn, almost to the […]

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17 arrested in three-month crackdown on diazepam abuse

DETECTIVES have seized 65,000 diazepam tablets and arrested 17 people in a huge three-month police crackdown on diazepam abuse. As well as thousands of pills, police seized £10,000 in cash, sparking a major money-laundering probe. The investigation is aimed at clamping down on the unlawful supply and sale of diazepam tablets into and throughout the […]

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