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Peter McCleave with his young sons Max and Seb

Peter McCleave used to take part in gruelling marathons, now he's in a race against time to extend his own life... but the Englishman says his NI ancestry means someone here could help provide vital breakthrough 

An Ironman champion is looking to his Northern Irish roots to find a stem cell donor to help him stay alive in a battle with blood cancer. Two years ago Peter McCleave (41), who lives in Cheshire and is married to Jenny with two boys, Max (8) and Seb (6), was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow and attacks the bones.

Dark corner: Kathy Donaghy outside Shaun Duffy’s home in Meenacross, Dungloe

CSI: Donegal 

The road from Dungloe, in the heart of The Rosses, hugs the Co Donegal coast, rising gradually as you reach the townland of Meenacross. A few houses are dotted along the road facing seawards. The house where Shaun Duffy once lived sits a short distance up a lane that doesn't look like it's used much. The bungalow, with a small front porch, lies vacant, commanding stunning views of Traighenna Strand. In the clear light of day, it's hard to imagine such darkness being visited on this place.

Forrest Reid

He is the largely forgotten Belfast writer who was name-checked by Joanna Lumley from the stage at last Sunday's Bafta awards... but who was Forrest Reid, and why does he matter? 

Last Sunday saw the 72nd annual British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, hosted by the eternally glamorous Joanna Lumley. I was privileged enough to be asked to write her closing speech and I decided to invoke the little-known Belfast novelist Forrest Reid in order to make a point about the role of the artist.

Creighton and Pearl Hutchinson in front of the restored Rosie’s Cottage

Rosie was the Hutchinson family's housekeeper for decades... now the boy she helped care for has restored her old cottage in her memory 

As a mischievous child in the 1950s, Creighton Hutchinson would be banished to the kitchen for being naughty, particularly when the local minister called. The expulsion was no punishment for the boy, however. He liked nothing better than to join Rosie, the housekeeper, in the servants' quarters or in her tiny cottage on the family's Kilrea farmland in Co Londonderry.

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