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Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

Boy died after school rugby match collapse in Northern Ireland

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How a former soldier battling post traumatic stress disorder documented last summer's riots

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Jeremy Hunt in Olympic bell mishap

Jeremy Hunt narrowly avoided injuring bystanders today when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration.

Police injured in Belfast Orange Order parade riots

More than 20 police officers have been injured during serious rioting following the passing of a Protestant parade through a nationalist area of north Belfast.

BA relaunches Belfast-London flights

British Airways has relaunched services between Northern Ireland and London Heathrow after an 11-year gap.

Belfast hit by severe floods

Emergency response teams have been alerted across Northern Ireland amid fears the overnight flooding that swamped Belfast could be repeated today.

Police pelted with missiles by gang in Belfast

A number of police officers were injured during an attack by a gang of around 100 missile-throwing youths in Northern Ireland.

Former Northern Ireland and QPR footballer dies on golf course

The former Northern Ireland and Queens Park Rangers footballer Alan McDonald died yesterday at the age of 48.

Liam Holden: the last man to be handed a death sentence in the UK clears name, 40 years on

The last man handed the death sentence in the United Kingdom had his conviction for murdering a British paratrooper quashed today after telling a court he confessed at gunpoint after being subjected to waterboarding.

Australian fast bowlers Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson

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Man, 60, held over £2.1m drugs haul

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Arise, Sir Kenneth: Branagh has been honoured for services to acting

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