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Police release CCTV footage of missing Dean McIlwaine

POLICE have released CCTV footage of a missing Newtownabbey man who has not been seen since last Thursday. The footage shows 22-year-old Dean McIlwaine in a Spar store in the Jordanstown area of Newtownabbey on the day he went missing. On Monday night, hundreds of people gathered at Belfast City Hall to join in a […]

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Joy as Father Philip celebrates first Mass in St Oliver Plunkett

A FORMER Manchester United footballer from West Belfast who was ordained a priest at the weekend took part in his first mass. Father Philip Mulryne was ordained on Saturday by Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., who travelled from Rome for the occasion, in St Saviour’s Church in Dublin. The 39-year-old returned to celebrate a special […]

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Funding boost enables young people to stay on in education

A YOUTH project in North Belfast is supporting young people to stay in education and employment, thanks to National Lottery funding. Streetbeat Youth Project has been awarded £585,375 from Big Lottery Fund’s Empowering Young People Programme for the ASPIRE to Succeed project. The five-year project is supporting young people aged 14 to 16 from North […]

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DUP and PUP plan ‘Cultural Convention’ to counter bonfire crackdown

The DUP and PUP are to hold an Autumn ‘cultural convention’ in an attempt to counter Council efforts to crack down on rogue bonfires. Amid growing anger in the unionist community at efforts to improve safety at bonfires, party group leaders Lee Reynolds and Billy Hutchinson drafted a statement blaming “republicans” for prosecuting a “cultural […]

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Boxing clubs score a knock-out win

FUNDING for the Belfast Boxing Strategy was reinstated on Monday night by Belfast City Council after members reversed cuts to amateur boxing. Funding in the region of £45,000 over the next four months was thrown into doubt at last month’s Strategic Policy and Resource Committee after members voted against continuing financial support. Before Monday’s meeting, […]

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Family and friends pay bench tribute to Marco

A SPECIAL bench has been unveiled at Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey by friends and family in memory of a Yorkshire man who loved playing football there. Mark Hemingway passed away suddenly from pneumonia on Christmas Day in 2015. The 43-year-old worked as a boiler and gas engineer and first came to the north in […]

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