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OF TIMES PAST – LIAM MURPHY: The alternative Ulster Covenant of Rev James Armour of Ballymoney

I WAS in Belfast city centre last week for the first time in three months. I was to meet a ‘returned Yank’,  a man who has returned to these parts after nearly sixty years in USA. I was told he had two hours to spare. We took a walk through the city centre. In High […]

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Happy 90th birthday to the Donegal man whose medical discovery saved millions of lives

SOME things happen by chance. In 1985,  two men, one from Japan and the other from Donegal, were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for the discovery of the anti-parasite drug  ivermectin. That was in 1978, but it was a few years later before the two men met. Nobel laureate William Cecil Campbell (known as […]

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OPINION – LIAM MURPHY: Soundbites as smokescreens to hide governments’ Covid shambles

AS I drove down the Antrim Road last Saturday on what was my first car journey of more than a mile I listened to Raidió na Gaeltachta. I must admit that I don’t understand all that I hear but I ‘get the gist’ of most of it. I choose this station because of the wonderful […]

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A year of some ups but a lot more worrying downs

  So another year has passed. It was a year that will not readily be forgotten. Islamic State extremist attacks in Belgium, France and Germany, the destruction of Syria, the ongoing refugee crisis and the rise of the right wing vote throughout Europe, the fallout from the Brexit referendum in June and the election of […]

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Hazel was next to every Irishman’s heart

  Belfast born artist John Lavery married Kathleen McDermott in 1889. Shortly after the birth of their daughter Eileen she died of tuberculosis early in 1891. In September 1903 while painting on the beach at Peg Meil in France he was introduced to Hazel Martyn, a 17-year-old who was accompanied by her mother and sister. […]

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M’learned friends and not refs will soon make rugby calls

JUST before the start of the GAA Championships it is customary for the President or one of his acolytes to call a press conference to gravely inform the public that the Association are determined to eradicate foul play. Last year we were told that referees were going to concentrate on “cynical fouling” which was a […]

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