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New gin’s a real tonic for Eimear’s Wish campaign

THE family of a young West Belfast cancer victim, who passed away last year, have produced a limited edition commemorative gin to raise vital funds for charity. Seán Smyth, whose daughter Eimear Gooderham (née Smyth) died in June 2019, is asking people to donate £30 for a 70cl bottle Eimear’s Wish Gin. In September 2016, […]

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Noam Chomsky among big names lined up for virtual Féile an Phobail 2020

LAST night saw the launch of Féile an Phobail’s first ever Virtual Féile. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual Féile was launched with an online video broadcast on social media. Speaking ahead of Virtual Féile 2020, Féile an Phobail Director Kevin Gamble said:“Since our first Féile in 1988, we have always found a […]

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VIDEO: The Minnows are back after ten years with new single and album

BELFAST indie rock band The Minnows have released their first new single in almost a decade, with a long-promised and eagerly awaited new album due to follow later this year. Entitled ‘When You’re Not Here’, the new single is a melodic and uptempo pop rock number with a harder edge, created by its crunching electric guitars, […]

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VIDEO REPORT: Faithful in their thousands tuning in for virtual Clonard Novena

ONLINE statistics are showing a very “significant uptake” for this year’s ‘virtual’ annual Clonard Solemn Novena as the event enters its fifth day. Up to 15,000 worshippers attend Clonard’s historic monastery for nine days each June, however, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Novena, which began on Friday, is being streamed live with four sessions […]

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Red Hugh O’Donnell – Uncovering Tirconnell’s missing hero

Early-modern Irish history is rarely the contentious bad-boy of academia or popular culture. In recent years the Great Famine, 1916 and the Irish War of Independence have tended to get the lion’s share of the print. However, on 22 May, news from Valladolid sparked sudden national (nay international) interest with news that Spanish archaeologists had […]

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WATCH: – GOING OUT ON A HIGH NOTE St Teresa’s Primary Seven pupils take a virtual bow

A little bit of ‘Wonka’ magic was sprinkled over the pupils from St Teresa’s Primary School this morning as their online performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, their final school show, went online. St Teresa’s Primary School Principal Terry Rodgers told the Andersonstown News how he and staff were determined to try and recreate […]

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