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Gregory Campbell: a bum rap?

“Is Gregory Campbell (whose young family the Derry IRA once tried to kill on their way to church) getting a bum rap on BBC Spotlight?” asked Mick Fealty of Sluggerotoole.com after the DUP MLA’s...

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Ian Berry, photographer

It was quite a coincidence that Ian Berry should be in Belfast on the day the findings of the Saville Inquiry were made public. Berry is one of the world’s best-known photographers, invited to...

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David Trimble and the Mavi Marmara

So the Nobel Peace Laureate, Lord Trimble, has been nominated  by the Israelis to be an observer into the killings on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the humanitarian effort to help break...

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Drennan’s Restaurant, Belfast

That’s why the three of us – two adults and a fifteen-year-old – were grinning like Cheshire cats when leaving Drennan’s on Belfast’s University Road last night. Sulking beside Villa Italia, it doesn’t have...

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Daonáireamh 1911

Baineadh geit asam. Tá cuid de mo theaghlach báite sa náisiúnachas ó rinne mo mháthair mhór teachtaireachtaí do James Connolly le linn dó bheith i mBéal Feirste idir 1910 agus 1914. Bhí muid inár...

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Streetdance – never mind the plot

Forget the story, it’s one we’ve seen hundreds of times before – working class kids down on their luck with only their dancing skills to keep them out of borstal. The inevitable happens. The...

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Sunny Jacobs: bean a tháinig slán

Ó shraith an bháis go dtí an t-athbhreith i gConamara “Is deas liom bheith anseo,” a deir Sunny Jacobs liom. “Ar ndóigh, is deas liom bheith áit ar bith na laethanta seo.” Is greann...

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Howard Marks at CQAF

Sometimes we make mistakes. I thought Ardal O’Hanlon would be a better evening’s entertainment than Howard Marks at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival last night and booked my ticket accordingly. However, the way things...

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Lumiere at CQAF

La Dolce Vita. Life is sweet. Despite their short lifespan, I’ve probably seen Lumiere – Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy – more often than most other acts. The simple reason is that the duo...

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West Ocean String Quartet

‘Twas fitting that the West Ocean String Quartet should play at St. George’s Church in Belfast. Between 1817 and 1821, Edward Bunting, the man who recorded the music played at the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival...