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Cavehill PS choir to perform at Christmas lights switch-on

THE choir of Cavehill Primary School will perform at this year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Belfast city centre. The event takes place on Saturday, November 18 at 6.30pm with the help of Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden and Cavehill Primary School who were personally selected by the Lord Mayor to perform at the event. […]

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Confused? Welcome to Samuel Beckett

MAYBE it’s an indicator of the under-representation of women in serious art that the entrance of three female actors for Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure immediately conjures up The Three Witches of Macbeth, nevertheless, that was my reaction at The Mac on Thursday night. The production, brought to Belfast by the renowned Poets Theatre in […]

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NI budget deal to go before House of Commons

THE Budget bill for the north will go before the House of Lords later today (Tuesday). It was passed through the House of Commons on Monday after being backed by all parties. The 2017/18 budget includes an increase in health spending of 5.4%. NI Secretary James Brokenshire previously said that public services would begin to […]

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Houses a must for Gasworks

A SOUTH Belfast councillor has given a “guarded welcome” to plans by Belfast City Council to host community consultation events for the Gasworks site. Cllr Deirdre Hargey told the South Belfast News that the vacant land had originally been zoned for housing and adopted formally for such in 2014. However, Ms Hargey said residents from […]

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Oldpark Massacre: Son of victim remembers ‘horror’ after UDA gun and grenade attack

THE son of a man murdered in the Oldpark bookies massacre has spoken for the first time of the “complete horror” of the scene in the aftermath of the UDA attack that took place 25 years ago on November 14 1992. Pat Burns, who now works in the same building where his father Francis was […]

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BLACKSPOT: ANOTHER CRASH AT DEATH SCENE

A WARNING for drivers to exercise extreme caution has been issued following another crash yards from where a young father-of-two lost his life just six weeks ago. Police received a report of a road traffic collision around 9.30am on Wednesday morning involving a car and a lorry on the Tornagrough Road near Hannahstown. Temperatures fell […]

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The long lost townland of Ballycranocke

Last year I started looking into the history of the area I grew up in at the bottom of the Glen Road. My initial interest was naming and tracing the dirty old river that flows under Miller’s Grove (formerly MacErlean’s bakery) at the top of Upton Cottages. Turf Lodge Stream, as I would soon learn […]

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Revealed: how the new St Joseph’s church will look

AN artist’s impression has been unveiled showing the future plans to restore a former church in the heart of Sailortown. St Joseph’s church was closed in 2001 after the Catholic Church decided there was no longer a sustainable local population in the Docks area of North Belfast. The North Belfast News revealed earlier this year […]

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