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A real home from home for many United States servicemen

For many American servicemen during the 60s and 70s Londonderry was home from home and seeing a US sailor around town was far from an unusual sight. Londonderry was a busy commercial port and it was also visited several times a year by navies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( NATO as it was commonly known), so there were sailors from all over the world wandering throughout the city at any given time. However, like the British Navy, the Americans had a large base in the city so they were very much a part of the community with many of the sailors housed in barracks in Springtown.

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Unnerving and unseasonal tale that became oft-told 18th century legend

Unnerving and unseasonal tale that became oft-told 18th century legend

Roamer is enduring the second week of a fearsome winter cold - a blocked nose, headache, sore throat and a bad cough - the whole works.

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All you need is love, but only if it is communicated in Ulster Scots dialect

Some three years ago Roamer received a communication, penned in what I’d previously considered to be a rather ‘strange’ language!

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Son of Ulster parents alerted the world to Serbia’s typhus tragedy

Some weeks ago on this page, when Ulster University’s Dr Johanne Devlin Trew recounted the nurses, medics and hospital volunteers from Ireland who served and died in WWI, Serbia was highlighted as the country that suffered the most significant loss of human life during the Great War.

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The farmer’s daughter who sacrificed her life for Jews in the Holocaust

The farmer’s daughter who sacrificed her life for Jews in the Holocaust

Back in February a News Letter reader shared an extremely moving account here about Mary Elizabeth Elmes from Co. Cork.

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The Britannic, sister ship of the Titanic

Centenary of tragic WWI sinking of Belfast-built hospital ship Britannic

This coming Monday, November 21, marks the centenary of the tragic sinking of Titanic’s sister ship Britannic.

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John Street class of ’22

Pupils at John Street Primary School, Lurgan, circa 1922.

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Roamer: Poem on page turned poppy into history’s greatest ever symbol of remembrance

This morning in 1918, almost exactly 48 hours before Armistice was declared at 11 am. on November 11, a young American soldier left a magazine on a desk in Columbia University, New York.

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Roamer: Flour and animal-feed bags under the coach house rafters

Roamer: Flour and animal-feed bags under the coach house rafters

Over the years there’ve been numerous occasions when readers’ reminiscences here caused quite a flood of responses, sometimes about the most unlikely topics.

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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The front page of the Ulster Star of October 22, 1976, announcing the introduction locally of a talking newspaper.

Celebration as talking newspaper marks 40th anniversary

It’s 40 years, almost to the day, since the Lisburn Leo Talking Newspaper recorded its first local weekly news bulletin for the area’s blind or partially sighted residents.

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter during this week 100 years ago:

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Oscar Wilde's cell

Oscar Wilde’s gaol open to the public for two-month event inspired by his writings

Last week’s launch in Reading Prison, Berkshire, of a spectacular, multi-media exhibition with an accompanying programme of events, was a cultural and artistic triumph as well as an extremely poignant occasion.

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Roamer: Variations of Somme hero’s kingly colloquialism continue 100 years on

With the Irish explorers waiting to launch more exciting polar expeditions from Roamer’s in-tray, a reader’s letter remains at ‘home sweet home’!

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Reported in the News Letter during this week in 1916

Here are some of the stories reported in the News Letter 100 years ago:

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Soldiers at the Battle of the Somme

The Somme: Read how the News Letter reported on the bravery of William McFadzean and Robert Quigg

One hundred years, News Letter readers were informed of the heroics of two Ulster soldiers at the Battle of the Somme – Private William Frederick McFadzean and Private Robert Quigg. Both men would later be awarded the Victoria Cross. Here is how their sacrifice and bravery was recorded in the News Letter during this week back in 1916.

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