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Ballygowan True Blues Flute Band parade

Please support our friends in Ballygowan. This Friday night the Ballygowan True Blues Flute Band will be hosting their annual parade through the Co Down Village. The host band will start the evening off by parading the route before the main parade which will begin shortly after the host band have finished The parade will …

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Anger following IRA chanting and flags at publicly funded west Belfast festival

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/council-urged-to-rethink-west-belfast-festival-funding-after-display-of-ira-flags-1-8599482 Is this what we are up against at a time of “peace”. Chants of “oh ah up the RA” and “F the Union Jack we want our country back” echoed across the Falls Park during the Council funded West Belfast Festival – Feile an Phobail (Festival of the People).   Many groups including our …

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Bag pack

If you find some time today (11th August) please visit Asda on the Shore Road.         The 18th Newtownabbey 2008s (a team we sponsor) is providing bag pack help to raise funds for a new football kit. They are there until 2pm. All donations are most welcome and appreciated

Philip Orr: We should welcome and nurture artistic expression from within loyalism

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/philip-orr-we-should-welcome-and-nurture-artistic-expression-from-within-loyalism-37202042.html 4 4Stone (second left) at the opening of his exhibition while on overnight release from Maghaberry Prison By Philip Orr August 10 2018 It is understandable that the exhibition by loyalist ex-prisoner Michael Stone should provoke critical comment – especially so in the light of his own attendance at the event and the presence …

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Revealed: why 40,000 Protestants fled Ireland in four years

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/revealed-why-40-000-protestants-fled-ireland-in-four-years-1-7940663 A southern Protestant who always wondered why he felt like “an outsider” says he has discovered a virtually unknown of exodus of 40,000 Protestants who fled the south from 1920-23 due to sectarian intimidation and murder. Robin Bury, the son of a Co Cork Church of Ireland cleric, studied history at Trinity College Dublin …

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Milestones 2018

Milestones 2018 A spokesperson of Reach UK said: “Reach UK supports initiatives from all sections of the community and was invited to consider hosting a free one-week exhibition of artworks from Michael Stone’s ‘Milestones collection. Reach is a non-judgement organisation and volunteered space to host the art pieces and a free-to-attend opening evening in mid-July. …

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Guinness World Record Attempt!

Guinness World Record Attempt! 3000 Volunteers Required – We Need YOU! Sydenham Road, Belfast – Saturday 18 August 2018 10AM-NOON Pre-Registration Essential – Register HERE https://goo.gl/forms/txsJ9h9LEUjnNXX83 All Volunteers Must be 16+ https://www.facebook.com/events/1906053306354692/

Cultural expression day 4th august

Please support our friends in Newtownards. This Saturday 4th August. – 13:00-18:00 Militaries display, Lambeg display, children’s activities, live pipers, music etc. £5 at the door. All welcome

Nationalists quick to define what they mean by being Irish – so why are unionists so poor at explaining Britishness?

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/nationalists-quick-to-define-what-they-mean-by-being-irish-so-why-are-unionists-so-poor-at-explaining-britishness-37151694.html “Not even the most ardent republican could deny the value of the NHS or BBC. Those who wish the Union well need to confront Sinn Fein’s equality and rights-based agenda with a diversity and responsibility-centred alternative, argue Graham Spencer and Chris Hudson Youths at an eleventh night bonfire July 25 2018 The concept of …

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Refreshingly honest view from Loyalism on Legacy resolution

http://eamonnmallie.com/2018/06/refreshingly-honest-view-from-loyalism-on-legacy-resolution-by-tom-roberts/ “The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) launched the UK Government’s consultation paper, “Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past” on Friday 11th May 2018. Not surprisingly it prompted a resumption of the political arguments about the form any process should take. Since the consultation paper is based primarily on the structures proposed in the Stormont …

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