AS the old cliché goes: it takes you to lose a final to win one, and Ardoyne's hurlers did just that as they claimed the Antrim Junior B Hurling Championship at the expense of Loch Mór Dál gCais at a sodden Musgrave Park on Saturday.
EFFORTS by the British government and the unionist parties to stymie the conversation on future constitutional change have actually brought a greater focus on the growing momentum around the upcoming unity referendum. The criticism of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar by the British Secretary of State and a range of unionist voices for daring to suggest that a united Ireland will happen in his lifetime is the latest example of unionist and Tory efforts to delegitimise the goal of Irish unity.
THERE she was beaming with excitement and happiness, in a line-up with other little girls as the medals for gymnastics were being handed out. When the Gymnastics Ireland official walked right past her and gave her medal to the next girl in the row the little girl’s beaming smile turned to visible confusion, then it was utterly heartbreaking to see her begin to realise that she was being deliberately overlooked, because she is black.
NEW words and phrases enter the vocabulary of any living language. Sometimes they’re a little confusing. I’m still not 100 per cent clear on ‘gaslighting’. Sometimes they’re rude and vivid, like ‘clusterf**k’. Sometimes they’re empty clichés, like ‘going forward’. And sometimes they’re weapons, like ‘Northern Irish’.
AS September continues the air is filled with the scent of sharpened pencils and the promise of new beginnings after the schools have reopened their doors and night classes beckon. For many, this time of year evokes memories of fresh notebooks and the excitement of learning.
IN 2018 it was reported that for every 100,000 15-24-year-olds in the north of Ireland, 17.8 of them took their own life. This is a damning statistic that many of us have unfortunately become quite familiar with. This rate increases when you begin to examine subsections of society such as LGBTQIA+ people and ethnic minorities. For me, I am personaly familiar with this. As we approach World Mental Health Month (October), I’ve decided to talk about my story. How at the age of 21-years-old, I attempted to take my own life. After years of heightened depression, anxiety and the refusal that anything was wrong.
IT took extra-time to settle an absorbing Antrim Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final under the Dunsilly lights on Friday, but it was Sarsfield's who found the reserves to get past Tír na nóg to move into the decider.