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Pump it up! Shaftesbury Rec Centre reopens doors ‘slowly and safely’

The treadmills are resounding to the thump of running feet once more at Shaftesbury Recreation Centre as the four-month lockdown comes to an end.  But Centre director Gerard Rice is warning that reaching full capacity again will depend on leisure centre users playing their part. “Some people are just not paying attention to the guidelines,” […]

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Belfast City Council votes in favour of independent inquiry into events at Roselawn

Belfast City Council has voted in favour of an independent investigation into events at Roselawn Cemetery on the day republican veteran Bobby Storey was cremated. At a special sitting of the Council this afternoon 36 councillors voted in favour, with Sinn Féin and People Before Profit abstaining. The Council has been embroiled in controversy since […]

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Local theatre companies won’t benefit from £33m arts support package

RENOWNED Belfast playwright Martin Lynch has welcomed a £33 million arts support package for the North from the UK government. The package is part of £1.57bn worth of funding aimed at providing vital assistance to the arts sector and venues. Theatres, music venues and museums across the North have been closed since the Coronavirus took […]

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From social media to the big screen: West Belfast comedian Paddy Raff makes his TV debut tonight

West Belfast comedian Paddy Raff is looking forward to reaching out to his biggest audience to date when his pilot TV show goes out on the BBC tonight. Paddy is fast becoming a social media sensation with his hilarious observations on Belfast life. His meteoric rise over the past 18 months has seen the Brooke […]

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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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WATCH – Back in Business: Speckled Hen in Derriaghy reopens its doors to patrons

MANAGEMENT and staff from Derriaghy’s The Speckled Hen are clucking with delight after successfully reopening their doors at the weekend after the three month Covid lockdown.  A firm favourite amongst its many patrons for its craft beers, home cooked fayre and warm welcome, Speckled Hen owner Martin Caldwell said that a lot of work took […]

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