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Pic of the day, Monday July 8

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Avoniel Leisure Centre closes doors after staff ‘threatened’

AVONIEL Leisure Centre had to close its doors on Sunday afternoon after its main entrance was closed by men who were behaving in a “threatening” way to staff. In a note sent to councillors, Belfast City Council said the decision to close Avoniel Leisure Centre was taken “due to the potential threat” to workers. A […]

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The Miami: dance hall days are back

SHOPPERS and workers on Great Victoria Street did a double take this week as the writing team and cast from the Miami Showband Story struck up a few classic numbers outside the Grand Opera House. Martin Lynch and Marie Jones along with showband man George Jones and West Belfast Miami member Des Lee entertained city […]

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PODCAST: The Ballads of Joe McDonnell and Mairéad Farrell. Storytelling Through Song

Welcome to Rebel Matters where you will find podcast episodes and blog articles by me, Ainle Ó Cairealláin. The Rebel Matters Podcast started back in 2018 as an excuse to meet new people and record interesting stories, and it has since grown in to a a weekly release. We have guests from the worlds of […]

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Pic of the Day, Friday, July 5

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Eimear dies just days after her wedding

THE father of a young West Belfast cancer battler has urged people to “keep her memory alive” by signing the stem cell donor register after her passing. 25-year-old Eimear Gooder-man (née Smyth) passed peacefully in hospital on Saturday, June 27, just a week after her wedding to her husband Philip. Her father, Sean Smyth, had […]

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Falls Park 3G pitch used only once a day

A LOCAL campaign group has called for a review into the usage and management of 3G pitch in the Falls Park following revelations that it is only being used around once per day. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to Belfast City Council by the #LoveFallsPark group revealed that the pitch had a recorded […]

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Balmoral Master Chef provides boost for Guide Dogs NI

WITH entries for the Balmoral Hotel’s Master*Chef compet-ition drawing to a close on Friday, the competition to find Ireland’s next top chef could also have a positive lasting impact on the work of its charity partner, Guide Dogs NI. Through their efforts, Guide Dogs NI help change the way sight loss affects people’s lives by […]

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