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SDLP selects Matthew O’Toole as South Belfast MLA

THE SDLP has selected Matthew O’Toole as an MLA for South Belfast following Claire Hanna’s election to the House of Commons last month.  Mr O’Toole has a background in economic policy and communications having worked in roles in the private sector and in government, including in both the UK Treasury and 10 Downing Street. Announcing […]

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Orange Order says No to ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal

ORANGE Order leaders have fired a shot across the DUP bows with a no-holds-barred attack on the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal tabled last night by the Irish and British governments. Previously, Order Grand Secretary Mervyn Gibson had warned the DUP that any concession on an Irish Language Act would be fiercely opposed by Orangemen. […]

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Belfast Celtic contract on display at museum

THE Belfast Celtic Society has revealed a further fascinating piece of local footballing history in the form of a professional contract between city’s grand old team and one of its star players. The 115-year-old contract, which secured the services of Downpatrick footballer Jimmy Connor, is now the oldest artefact in the society’s museum. Signed on […]

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Heartbreaking scenes as 13-year-old Eoin Hamill is laid to rest

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered under grey skies this morning to pay their respects to 13-year-old Eoin Hamill who was knocked off his bicycle and killed on Friday afternoon. Pupils and teaching staff from the young boy’s school Coláiste Feirste and the Gleann Boxing Club stood in the morning rain and formed guards of honour at […]

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Community in shock after death of Eoin Hamill

THE funeral of a young boxer who tragically died after being hit by a car on Friday evening will take place tomorrow (Tuesday). Eoin Hamill, a 13-year-old Coláiste Feirste pupil, was knocked off his bicycle on the Upper Springfield Road shortly after 4.30pm on Friday. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but passed […]

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Discover the beauty of Africa in Belfast

HOW Do I Pronounce Your Name? That’s a common question. No worries. I can’t even think of how I’ll start pronouncing your very difficult Irish first name. Foreigners will take time to digest the following Gaelic names: Caoimhe, Oisín, Siobhán, Niamh and a host of others. There is a historical context to this and this […]

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