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Has MMA’s popularity surpassed Boxing in the UK and Ireland?

A feature by John MCGovern   Mixed Martial Arts has gained monumental popularity and grown rapidly in recent years through the innovations and global outreach of the sport’s leading organisation, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The August 2017 bout between MMA world champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather …

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I Can’t Eat Bread

What is it like to live with coeliac disease?   In the UK alone, 1 in 100 people have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. It’s estimated that a further 70% of the population have coeliac disease but are undiagnosed. Coeliac is an autoimmune disease. This means that the genes of …

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Largest Disaster Simulation Exercise

Ulster University’s Magee campus was the site of the largest university disaster simulation exercise to take place on the island of Ireland. Over 320 participants were involved in the all-day event on Saturday 9 March when students faced several different scenarios designed to challenge them in dealing with serious injuries and emotional …

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‘Folk Miscreants’ Lankum charm Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

Lankum   As part of the IMBOLC international music festival, The Derry audience were treated to an evening of devilish charm and dark reflection when Lankum took to the stage at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. Lankum are a four piece ensemble from Dublin who are self-described as “the miscreants of folk …

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Giving back to the Cregagh community through music

Friday 5th April saw Cregagh Presbyterian Church in east Belfast hold their ‘Spring Musical Variety Concert’, in aid of the church’s ongoing renovations. The concert saw performances from several bands and singers, including the Millar Memorial flute band. A different side to Northern Ireland’s marching culture. Philip Gribben, a flutist …

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The Carl Frampton Effect

Carl Frampton began boxing at Midlands Club 25 years ago, but what impact has the two weight world champion had on today’s youth? Three clubs in East Belfast have been taking turns putting on boxing shows for their kids over the last few weeks, most recently at Frampton’s old stomping ground, …

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From Belfast’s bomb battered streets to battered sausages

‘From Belfast’s bomb battered streets to battered sausages’ – A review by Mike McBride “A hidden gem” nestled in the heart of Belfast, John Long’s fish and chip shop has been serving Northern Irish punters since 1914. Situated in Athol Street just past Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House, sits a disheveled bricked walled building complete with …

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The Darker Side of the Glowing Screen

The Social Media Monster Social media has become a big part of our every day lives. From the minute we wake up in the morning, until the minute we go to bed at night, we are constantly exposed to social media.  No matter your age we all encounter social media …

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Puppy March for Pets and People

Puppy March to raise funds for Paws and People Little Paws North Down organised a puppy march to raise funds for the Paws and People charity. Little Paws North Down is a dog training school focused primarily for kids. Chloe Veitch of the dog training school said that everyone in …

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Review: Shetland – BBC ONE

Review: Shetland – BBC ONE Shetland is a BBC dramatized programme that has the audience grabbing onto their chairs. But Series five is even more penetrating that any other series. But with that in mind it does seem quite unfair to pick out one performance or a person in particular. …

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