University with campuses in Belfast, Jordanstown, Londonderry/Derry and Coleraine
Dervla Murphy, who died this week at the grand age of 90, was celebrated for books like Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle and In Ethiopia With A Mule. But the idiosyncratic Waterford travel writer took a shorter journey to Northern Ireland in 1976, recording her trip around the province on two wheels in the book A Place Apart.
Karl Duncan (19), youth leader for the SDLP, said that growing up in Londonderry and seeing signs of deprivation and poverty motivated him to get involved in politics. “I wanted to make a change at a governmental level,” he explained.
At the ATM before heading out for a night on the town, the machine is not working. Streetlights suddenly go dim, then out completely. You check your phone but there is no network signal, no internet and no notifications.
Two of England’s most important politicians visit Belfast next week. Boris Johnson? You’re spared. Rishi Sunak? Busy with the cost-of-living crisis. Liz Truss perhaps? Northern Ireland is not a matter for a UK Foreign Secretary — not yet anyway.
Eighteen years after accountants Nora Tallon and Wendy McGrath announced their pregnancies at the same time, both women are amazed that their children have gone on to follow in their footsteps.
Lockdown boredom and a love of the past has brought together a group of academics to create a podcast series examining Belfast’s unexplored medical history — shedding light on subjects pertinent even in contemporary times such as the anti-vax movement during the Victorian era.
The creator of hit TV comedy Derry Girls, the face of Northern Ireland news on Sky TV and the architect of a review into the health service are among the names to have been recognised with honorary degrees from Ulster University.
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