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Battle of the Bands Beckons Amazing Talent

Emma-Kate O’Reilly reports. The third heat of the much anticipated Battle of the Bands took place on Friday 5th February. The battle ground was the up and coming music venue The Sail Inn, which is establishing itself as the new hotspot for original alternative music. The artists came from far …

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Unemployment figures down, but view remains bleak for graduates.

Despite the economic downturn and the swingeing cuts brought with it, unemployment figures remain below the UK national average in Northern Ireland. Damien Edgar asks why youth unemployment figures are at the bottom of the UK youth employment statistics. The most recent Labour Force Survey’s statistics reveal that almost a fifth of Northern …

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Fostering in Northern Ireland

Have you ever wondered what growing up with out a parent could be like? No-one to teach you your ABC or count your 123. No-one to tickle your toes and no-one to clean your nose. Fostering in Northern Ireland is at an all time low with 100 long term foster …

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Northern Ireland’s Alcohol Problem

Alcohol addiction – a report by James Tait   There exists a ‘Why would we give money to help those people?’ attitude in Northern Ireland in regards to alcoholics, according to Dr. Claire Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong, the Director of Addiction NI, believes that those suffering with alcohol addiction are often …

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Rapturous reception for Oliver at An Grianán

A review by Will Burton Building on the success of Annie last year, the Letterkenny Musical Society has produced another warm and lovable play for the loyal An Grianán audience. I have to admit that I do not have any recollection of reading or watching Oliver Twist before. It is …

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We need more than ‘lip-service’ to Derry’s unemployment problems – Colum Eastwood MLA.

  Will Burton reports on the employment challenges facing Derry.   Former mayor of Derry, Colum Eastwood SDLP MLA, is not shy in speaking up for the rights of citizens in Derry and the Northwest. He feels strongly about the lack of civil service jobs based in the city. In …

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Wide-scale resistance to the household charge in Donegal

  William Burton investigates public reaction to the imposition of the household charge in Donegal   The implementation of the household charge of €100 has been one of the most controversial aspects of the economic collapse in Ireland. With revenue sources depleted after the property crash, the government is seeking …

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Vandals target Adria site

VANDALS, targeting a disused factory site in Strabane, are making life miserable for residents living nearby. Michele Canning looks into the problem Once home to hosiery giant, Adria, the 11.5 acre Beechmount Avenue site has lain derelict since the collapse of the town’s manufacturing industry in 2006. Today, the detritus …

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Revolutions rage around the world

By  Emma-Kate O’Reilly December 21, 2012 is the end-date for the ancient Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Maybe not the apocalypse as we imagine it literally but metaphorically. Maybe the Mayans were playing with the idea of a new collective conscience being born. Something strange has a hold on the world. …

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Scolaire Staire aims to bring academia to the masses

By Will Burton An exciting and adventurous new online Irish history magazine, Scolaire Staire, is aiming to bring academia to the masses and deliver peer-reviewed articles to a tablet or laptop near you. Scolaire Staire was launched in October by a Co Donegal academic and recent PhD graduate, Adrian Grant, …