It has started

The Ryder Cup has finally got underway in Kildare, with Darren Clarke opening with a birdie. Philip Weir

cricket at stormont

ireland play their first one day international against england today. sunday times article places this in historical context. let’s hope they receive a friendlier welcome than other visiting young cricketers from india Philip Weir

better weather for cricketers

as northern ireland basks in cricket weather, england’s first test starts against sri lanka at lords. locally rain has predictably affected first couple of weekends of season but only two unbeaten sides in section one meet on saturday. meanwhile ireland, who have already won away against gloucestershire, host surrey at stormont. Philip Weir

ireland debut in c and g trophy

The Ireland cricket team’s preparations for their debut in cricket’s C&G trophy this weekend have been disrupted by news that Pakistani international Shahid Afridi (described as cricket’s maddest of mad maxes) has had to return home to visit his sick daughter. Philip Weir

Where Victims Fit In

Aileen Quinton’s article from the News Letter last week about pressures felt by victims:In light of the recent rioting, anger seems to be the emotion of the moment. I am angry too. Angry about terrorism, prisoner releases, OTRs, RIR disbandment, parades rerouting, pressure to have terrorists in government and the suspicion that we will be increasingly maliciously misgoverned until we do. All this with the odious thread of appeasement running through it all. I am angry that the government has …

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Ed Joyce

Irish Times profile on Irishman starring across water and seeking to play for England Philip Weir

Bowled over

England’s performances during the Ashes series have seen interest in cricket as well as Channel 4 viewing figures soaring Philip Weir

Victim’s View

Aileen Quinton, whose mother was killed in the 1987 Remembrance Sunday bombing in Enniskillen has decribed her difficulties with recent Government actions in the Belfast News LetterBy Aileen Quinton Forgive me if I don’t set off poppers in an unrestrained celebration but I do not believe that the IRA is committed to peace. Of course I will be accused of jeopardising the chances of peace. As in Peter Pan if you say that you do not believe in fairies one …

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Ireland Qualify

The Ireland cricket side has qualified for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies after victory over Denmark in Bangor yesterday. Philip Weir

Potential Fines for Underperforming Trusts

New Health Minister, Shaun Woodward, is making a habit of grabbing headlines with set piece speeches. Today he announces the imposition of fines on Health Trusts who fail to ensure all patients receive surgery within 12 months. Philip Weir

ICC Cricket Tournament

the 2005 icc trophy which is being hosted locally starts tomorrow. opening ceremony today- thursday. 12 teams including ireland are involved with the top five qualifying for the cricket world cup in west indies in 2007.the opening phase games are being hosted in northern ireland with the latter stages in dublin. Philip Weir

Cross Border European Clash

the draw for the champions league first qualifying round has thrown up a couple of interesting ties. as well as liverpool facing welsh opposition, glentoran will play shelbourne from the league of ireland on 12th or 13th july Philip Weir

Tennis Racket

Kate Hoey in the Telegraph highlights the difficulty young tennis players from Northern Ireland encounter in obtaining support from the Lawn Tennis AssociationThanks to Aileen in London for raising the story with Slugger Philip Weir

smoke break at council

belfast city council outlaws smoking at its properties and backs broader ban in public places Philip Weir

belfast metropolitan area plan unveiled

proposals finally published amid claims not ambitious enough. aims for belfast city centre to be prime shopping area with out of town developments curtailed. Philip Weir