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On This Day - Jan 1949: Dennis Taylor, 1985 World snooker champion, is born


1903: Details of the first Tour de France were announced by Henri Desgrange in L'Auto newspaper.

1996: Manchester City signed former England midfielder Nigel Clough from Liverpool in a £1.5million deal.

2003: Michael Owen, then with Liverpool, ...

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Society must reach out to vulnerable

SUICIDE and homelessness are two of the most worrying aspects of modern society in Ireland. In today’s edition we report on two deaths, one by suicide and the other when a homeless man was found dead in Belfast city centre yesterday morning. Although on the face of it they are ...

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Jim Hurson: 'Big Jim' was towering presence in pool and gentleman outside it

IT is hard to believe that Jim Hurson has passed away.

‘Big Jim’ was a gentleman, full of humour, always quick with a quip and generous to a fault.

He was also a very accomplished and competitive sportsman. Swimming and waterpolo were his forte.

In the 1950s and ...

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Jake O'Kane: Thanks to Brexit, Britain's beginning to look a lot like the north

HARD Brexit, soft Brexit, no Brexit, Brino, hard border, soft border, backstop, Irish Sea border, Canada plus, Norway model, divergence, ECJ, EEA, EFTA, Article 50, March 29 deadline... The lexicon around Brexit seems never-ending and I’m finding it difficult keeping up. To be honest, ...

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PLATFORM: Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Féin vice president

Amidst all the chaos of the Brexit circus, there remains one constant – the need to protect the interests of the Irish people. This has been the central driver of Sinn Fein’s approach since we started to campaign for the North to have ‘Special Status’ within the ...

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Edmund McCrory: True gentleman who devoted his life to Co Tyrone school

EDMUND McCrory didn’t have far to go to school at St Mary’s PS in Carland, Co Tyrone - he lived just next door.

And as it turned out, he took a very long time to finish school - eventually leaving just two years ago, when he retired after 42 years as building supervisor in ...

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From magic sponge to bingo caller, Pearse Óg stalwart Patsy Duffy was one of life's true gentleman

WITH the passing of Patsy Duffy, the Pearse Óg football club in Armagh lost one of its most dedicated members and his family a most loving father.

Patsy was a truly generous person, giving freely of his time and commitment to the full range of club activities.

Always with a ...

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Boris Johnson calls on May to stop 'dithering' and reject backstop

Boris Johnson has called on Theresa May to stop "dithering" and tell the EU that Britain will not accept the controversial backstop arrangement designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

The former British foreign secretary dismissed calls for the prime minister to rule out a ...

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Duke of Edinburgh crash investigated by Norfolk police

The Duke of Edinburgh's car crash, which left two people needing hospital treatment, will be "investigated and any appropriate action taken", Norfolk Constabulary has said.

Philip (97) walked away uninjured from the accident after the Land Rover Freelander he was driving ...

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Bereaved families will fight on for justice says campaigner Clara Reilly

Bereaved families will not give up their long fight for justice, a campaigner against security force abuses, who turned 80 on Friday, said.

The site of the former Andersonstown police station will be named Groves Reilly Corner on Saturday, after Clara Reilly and her late friend, plastic ...

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Co Tyrone ice-cream van driver fined €500 over threats to rival

A CO Tyrone ice cream truck driver has been fined €500 for threatening a rival he believed had invaded his patch on a beach in Donegal.

Tom Ward (65) from Drumnakilly in Omagh rammed another van in an attempt to move it forward, Ballyshannon District Court ...

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Date set for trial of woman accused of attempting to murder a policeman

A NORTH Belfast woman is to stand trial later this year on paramilitary-related offences, including a murder bid on a police officer, a court heard today.

Last December, Christine Connor (33), had her convictions quashed at the Court of Appeal in Belfast.

Senior judges ruled that ...

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Dublin shooting not thought to be linked to wider gangland feud

Gardai investigating a fatal shooting in Dublin on Thursday night say they do not believe that the incident is part of the wider Dublin gangland feud.

Zach Parker (23) was fatally shot at Applewood Close in Swords as he sat in a BMW car with a friend after leaving a nearby ...

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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy says Euro needs fundamental reform to survive

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that the Euro needs fundamental reform to be able to survive.

He made the comments on the 20th anniversary of the currency in Strasbourg this week.

Mr Carthy is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee and says the Euro has ...

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The rapid rise of west Belfast strongman Michael Downey

AROUND the middle of the last decade, Michael Downey was a young man on a mission.

A free-scoring centre-forward with Corpus Christi College, the goals continued to flow at the weekends for Immaculata’s youth teams, his reputation growing almost as quickly as he was.

Always big ...

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Actors' Union: No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic


A no-deal Brexit would be devastating for the theatre industry in Northern Ireland and the Republic, an actors' union said.

Their members rely on the open Irish border and often collaborate on productions across both parts of the island.

Karan O'Loughlin, from ...

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Dublin woman 'denied constitutional right to abortion' two weeks after it was made legal

A WOMAN carrying a baby diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality is considering travelling to Britain for a termination after being turned down for an abortion by a Dublin hospital - two weeks after it became legal in the Republic.

The Dáil heard yesterday that the woman was told ...

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Cliftonville footballer Jay Donnelly to begin appeal against indecent image jail term

AN Irish League footballer is due to begin his appeal against a four-month prison sentence after being convicted of sharing an indecent image of a child.

Cliftonville striker Jay Donnelly (23) of Ardilea Drive in Belfast, admitted the charge last November at Belfast ...

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Ryanair issues profit warning as lower winter fares bite

RYANAIR has warned over profits as the budget airline counts the cost of lower than expected airfares over winter amid over capacity in Europe.

The Irish carrier on Friday lowered its full-year post-tax profit guidance from between €1.1 billion (£966 million) and €1.2 billion (£1 ...

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Hidden treasures unveiled at new Ulster Museum exhibition

A NEW exhibition uncovering the stories behind buried treasure will open at the Ulster Museum in Belfast today.

A substantial collection of artefacts and treasure will be on display in the touring exhibition, 'Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain and Ireland'.

From ...

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Mary Lou McDonald: British politicians have 'blatant disregard' for Ireland

THE British government has a "blatant disregard" for the upholding of the Good Friday Agreement and the interests of Ireland, Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Ms McDonald accused the government of "active hostility", dismissing a claim made by ...

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