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Anniversaries with connections to Irish poet, Duke and American ranger

Amidst our current Brexit negotiations the 18th of June has just passed but 202 years ago it was ‘the day that decided Europe’s fate’ according to most historians.

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Clara Schumann and her piano

Tale of the talking piano that sailed from Germany to Irealnd in 1862

News Letter readers who grew up in the 1950s might remember listening in childhood wonderment to Sparky’s Magic Piano on an old and probably wood-encased wireless.

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Treasure Chest reportedly used by Captain Kidd in Museum in St. Augustine, Florida

Roamer: Did Maghera man know the way to a hidden trove?

Pirates have always featured very highly in our collective imagination, mostly fuelled by books from our childhood such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island or J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan.

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Railway History re-happens. Jimmy Donnelly (left) and David Crone (behind).

New life for 124-year-old signal box that’s been in three Ulster counties

Most little boys back in the 1950ss had a train-set.

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First time Protestant and Catholic fought side by side in World War I

Today is the centenary of one of most apocalyptic Allied attacks on the German lines during WWI - the Battle of Messines Ridge in West Flanders, Belgium.

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Father Byles twice refused his place on Titanic's lifeboats

Titanic anniversary highlights priest’s heroism

The world was in awe of Belfast last Wednesday in 1911. Never in the history of mankind had such a huge tonnage of shipping been afloat in a harbour at one time. And it was all home-made!

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The expression in their eyes caught me. Shell Shock, by Leslie Nicholl.

‘Eyes show the shared horrors of Protestant and Catholic soldiers’

I had to come, I didn’t know what to do. I don’t know where to be, I don’t know what to do” - the heartrending words of heartbroken Charlotte Campbell, the grieving mother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, speaking at a vigil for the dead and injured, including her beloved daughter, in the Manchester suicide-bomb.

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Father John Sullivan

Portora priest put pebbles in his only pair of shoes to make them fit better

Early one summer morning in 1925 a kitchen-maid from a Cork convent slipped on her wellington boots, as was her daily routine, and plodded off with a wicker basket to the convent’s vegetable garden for greens for lunch.

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All-Ireland event part of worldwide movement with 500,000 members

All-Ireland event part of worldwide movement with 500,000 members

Probus Clubs here and around the world organise and promote activities for people who are, in the organisation’s own words - “at a time of life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centred”.

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Father John Sullivan

Ireland’s first ever beatification is for ex-pupil of Ulster Protestant School

Ireland was once known worldwide as ‘the land of saints and scholars’, a branding that today would probably be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority!

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Accomplished horseman. Josef Locke circa 1977. Photo courtesy McLaughlin/Locke family

Unlocking the myths of legendary Irish tenor on centenary of his birth

“We’ll make a bonfire of our troubles and we’ll watch them blaze away” may sound like a satirical synopsis of RHI, but Josef Locke’s many local fans will fondly remember the opening line from one of the late, great, singer’s signature songs - Blaze Away.

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Aerial View of Montgomery Reef and Islands

Coral reef named after ship’s surgeon from Ulster Lakelands

The rugged, remote and breathtakingly beautiful Kimberley Coast of Western Australia embraces almost 3,000 mapped islands and countless remote bays fringed with an extensive system of multi-coloured coral reefs.

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Chester Beatty

Traditional celtic tales and ancient Bible manuscripts to mark Easter

‘Oh! Exiles and tourists come travel along,

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Glenoe, County Antrim

Picture Special: Nineteenth century Ireland has been revealed in a series of photochrom postcards

The spectacular images show still familiar sites and locations

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VIDEO: Relic hunter wants to reunite families of 14,000 Second World War heroes with dog tags

A relic hunter has launched an extraordinary appeal to reunite the families of over 14,000 Second World War heroes with their dog tags - after he found them buried in a field.

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The professor who put this grassy and historic mound on the map

There’s a grassy mound near Coleraine that is one of the most significant places in our history and sadly, Roamer didn’t know very much about it until perusing a reader’s note sent at the beginning of March.

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World’s devotees share love, respect and appreciation of telegraph poles

Every day we see hundreds of them, more likely thousands, yet we never give telegraph poles a second thought.

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War Heros Honoured

British war heroes given Legion d’honneur medals

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Child survivors at the liberation of Auschwitz

Holocaust victims remembered while genocide goes on worldwide

There have already been many dozens of events, talks, presentations and exhibitions across Northern Ireland in advance of today’s annual, poignant, solemn, observation of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Helen Lewis, who will be commemorated with a blue plaque in Crescent Arts Centre

Holocaust survivor brought gift of dancing feet to Belfast

Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis is to be commemorated with a blue plaque which will be unveiled this Friday in the place where she taught dance for many years.

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