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Carlie’s shock at pageant success

A North Belfast schoolgirl who was secretly entered into a top teen beauty pageant by her sister has beaten off competition from thousands of other girls to reach the final. Carlie Mullaney from Ligoniel was entered into the Teen Face of NI by her sister Natasha earlier this year.

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Tweeting from tree but it’s not a bird

A campaign to give local people ownership of a North Belfast wood has taken a step forward with the set up of a unique Twitter account for a tree. A horse chestnut tree in Throne Wood, between the Antrim Road and Whitewell Road, has been given its own Twitter account @HorseChestnut1. The tree began tweeting on the micro blogging site last month.

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Good old Bhoys do their bit in Ardoyne

Big-hearted Celtic FC players have met fans in North Belfast at an event organised by a local football club. The Hoops’ stars Anthony Stokes, Paddy McCourt, Mark Wilson and Niall McGinn were the guests of Ardoyne’s Shamrock FC, and arrived at the club to present end-of-season awards to local players last Saturday evening.

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Another barracks gets social housing go ahead

Social housing is to be built on the site of a former North Belfast barracks that closed two years ago. The homes are to be built by Fold Housing Association on the site of Oldpark Barracks. The former police station closed in 2010. The housing association is to built ten homes on the site.

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coke and heroin abuse on the rise

The massive haul of Class A drugs seized by police in Newtownabbey over the past year is an indication of their increased use on local streets, a leading substance abuse worker has said. Director of Services at Forum for Action on Substance Abuse and Suicide Awareness (FASA) Jim Weir was speaking after new figures show large increases in seizures of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin in Newtownabbey…

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Gael’s dismay at bank’s refusal of Irish cheque

A Glengormley gaelgeoir has spoken of his shock after a well known high street bank refused to lodge his cheque because it was written in Irish. Chris Quinn, from Church Crescent, lodged the cheque with the amount written in Irish into the Santander cash machine in the town on April 28. Two days later he received a letter from the bank saying they were unable……

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