Tag Archives: Whiterock Road

Local schools set to merge

Two West Belfast primary schools are set to amalgamate. St Aidan’s and St Bernadette’s, in the Upper Springfield, will merge from the beginning of the next school year. Education Minister John O’Dowd this week approved the proposal to amalgamate the two schools with effect from September 1, 2012, or as soon as is practical thereafter. The new single co-educational school will be located on the current site of St Aidan’s at the top of the Whiterock Road.

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Violent crime has soared by very nearly a quarter

VIOLENT crime in West Belfast increased by 23.4 per cent (70 incidents) over the last-measured six-month period, according to new police stats. The figures were revealed during the recent meeting of the West Belfast DPP sub group where PSNI chiefs for the area submitted their six-month report for West Belfast covering the period from April to September 2011.

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In 1972 Jimmy (19) ran a roadblock because his car had no insurance – the British army shot him 28 times

A WEST Belfast family are appealing for help from the local community as they seek the truth about the savage killing of their brother during the 1970s at the hands of the British army.19-year-old James ‘Jimmy’ Bonner, a lorry driver from Iveagh Street, was shot by British soldiers on June 25, 1972, when the car he was driving failed to stop at a road- block on the Whiterock Road.

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Campbell and Di Lucia capture Kearney Pairs title

The main focus of attention in this week’s Fonacab League programme was the climax of the Andy Kearney Pairs competition in the O’Donnell’s club on the Whiterock Road.

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Soul of a nation captured in many beautiful songs

I listened to young Cathal Clarke in the Bridge Grill Bar last Sunday night. Cathal, from Ardoyne, is an accomplished […]

FAI embroiled in a sing-song pub ding-dong

THE New York Times rang Squinter to find out more about the most recent controversy to engulf Irish soccer. Here’s […]

Columbanus and Patrick

St Columbanus (he lived from about 550 until 615 a.d.) should never have got on the wrong side of Queen […]

West Belfast is on the road to nowhere now

WEST Belfast has traffic, Squinter’s pretty sure it does. The Glen Road is a nightmare much of the time – […]

‘Monster snake’ terror on the Cave Hill Road

The Belfast Zoological Gardens known as Bellevue Zoo opened in 1934. I haven’t visited it for a long time but […]

Mass warfare

AT the end of a year when the start of the First World War was remembered there is one puzzle […]