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Northern Ireland: 'It's great for the Irish League' - Conor McMenamin buzzing after 'surreal' call-up

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough laid down a challenge to his young squad at the start of their training camp at St George's Park last week. On a board was a list of all the international fixtures to be played this summer - four Nations League games for the senior side, two Under-21 qualifiers against Spain and Slovakia and two Under-19 friendlies against Malta.
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Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough warns player workload will lead to injuries

Ian Baraclough has warned of the dangers facing fatigued players as Northern Ireland prepare to play four Nations League games in the space of 10 days.Northern Ireland boss Baraclough is already without nine players for tests against Greece, Cyprus – who they play twice – and Kosovo in League C following relegation in the competition two years ago.Craig Cathcart, Josh Magennis and Stuart Dallas were the headline names missing from the 28-man squad announced on Friday.“The demands put on the players nowadays, (Liverpool manager) Jurgen Klopp described it as ridiculous,” Baraclough said.“Now they’re asked at the end of a long...
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Thousands to gather in Belfast to mark centenary of Northern Ireland

Thousands of people are expected to gather in Belfast on Saturday to celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland.Lambeg drumming, food stalls and speeches are all planned, as thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of the city to mark 100 years since partition.The event to mark the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921, organised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, comes after the Covid-19 pandemic postponed the celebrations planned last year.Large crowds are set to gather at Stormont from 10am, with speeches planned at Parliament Buildings before a parade makes its way into Belfast city centre...
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Pianist Emma Parrish featured performer for June 3 First Friday concert

On June 3, First Friday @ First Presbyterian will present pianist Emma Parrish. The recital is from 12:05 to 12:35 PM at the church at South Fourth and Ash Streets, and it is free and open to the public. It will be performed both in person and on facebook.com/fpc.sterling. You don’t have to belong to Facebook to access this performance.
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Scott McKendry: Belfast poet shaped by working-class childhood

A Belfast poet wants to challenge perceptions that working-class communities are less interested in poetry. Scott McKendry is originally from the mainly unionist Shankill estate in Belfast. After leaving school at 16, he initially began to train as an electrician, but inherited a love of poetry from his grandfather. In...
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Centennial parade: Thousands in Belfast for Orange Order march

More than 20,000 people are taking part in an Orange Order parade to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland, the order has said. Before the parade started, Orange Order Grand Secretary, the Rev Mervyn Gibson, rejected any change to Northern Ireland's position within the UK. He said Northern Ireland has...
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Thousands gather to celebrate Northern Ireland centenary

Cries of “no surrender” echoed at Stormont on Saturday as more thanr 10,000 people gathered to celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland.While political deadlock remains, people at the centenary event were upbeat and in a relaxed mood as they fanned out across the grounds of Stormont to celebrate the past, present and future of Northern Ireland.They said the celebration, delayed by a year, was not overshadowed by the row over the Northern Ireland Protocol.However, the post-Brexit arrangements which have paralysed politics in the region were mentioned repeatedly by speakers and others as one of the great threats to the place...
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Monkeypox: First case of virus found in Ireland, Health Service Executive says

The first confirmed case of monkeypox has been identified in Ireland, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has said.The infection was reported in the east of the country on Friday night and the person affected was not kept in hospital.A further suspected case is also being investigated and test results are being awaited, health officials said.A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and those who have been in contact with the person are being advised on what to do in the event that they become ill.Monkeypox is a viral infection that has a a six-to-16 day incubation period and sees...
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Conor Washington: Rotherham United sign Charlton Athletic forward

Rotherham United have signed Charlton Athletic forward Conor Washington on a two-year deal. The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international scored 22 goals in 71 league appearances for the Addicks. "The club set their stall out early in terms of their interest and it's been a club me and my agent have...
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