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Stephen Sexton on his debut collection of poems and the impact of Super Mario Brothers on his life
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Stephen Sexton on his debut collection of poems and the impact of Super Mario Brothers on his life

What began as a joke, as opposed to his earlier, serious poetry led to a complete collection filled with Stephen Sexton’s ideas about the longing and grief brought on by the death of his mother and the video game which he played as a child became a channel that voiced these emotions.

American Dirt: In Jeanine Cummins' new book, writing about the border crisis, hoping to break down walls
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American Dirt: In Jeanine Cummins' new book, writing about the border crisis, hoping to break down walls

As a nonimmigrant, Jeanine Cummins was reluctant at first to write an entire novel from the perspective of Mexican migrants, for fear of getting it wrong, or appearing to be opportunistically seizing on a humanitarian crisis.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar urges Britain, EU to use time until Brexit to 'talk about joint political declaration on future relationship’
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Irish PM Leo Varadkar urges Britain, EU to use time until Brexit to 'talk about joint political declaration on future relationship’

Ireland’s prime minister urged Britain and EU to use time until Brexit, to explore alternative arrangements as part of joint political declaration. 'We can talk about the joint political declaration on the future relationship', said Ireland PM Leo Varadkar.

Ireland vs Afghanistan, Highlights, 1st ODI at Belfast, Full cricket score: Ireland win by 72 runs
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Ireland vs Afghanistan, Highlights, 1st ODI at Belfast, Full cricket score: Ireland win by 72 runs

Check out live scorecard of the first ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan being played at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on our blog here

Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 announces international editions with debut events in Belfast, Canada and Australia
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 announces international editions with debut events in Belfast, Canada and Australia

The Jaipur Literature Festival is expanding internationally, with editions at new venues for its 2019 season. There will be debut events in Belfast, Canada and Australia.

Two men in court charged with rioting in Londonderry on night Irish journalist Lyra McKee was killed
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Two men in court charged with rioting in Londonderry on night Irish journalist Lyra McKee was killed

The prosecution alleges that both men are connected to the New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary group, which orchestrated the rioting on April 18 and has since claimed responsibility for the death of journalist Lyra McKee.

Northern Ireland unrest: Journalist shot dead during riot; police call incident ‘act of terror’, arrest two teens
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Northern Ireland unrest: Journalist shot dead during riot; police call incident ‘act of terror’, arrest two teens

Police in Northern Ireland on Saturday arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

Brexit deal: Theresa May vows there will be no return to hard border between Northern Ireland, Ireland
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Brexit deal: Theresa May vows there will be no return to hard border between Northern Ireland, Ireland

British prime minister Theresa May told business leaders in Northern Ireland on Tuesday that she is seeking changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement but not the total removal of the backstop plan that is the most contentious part of the deal.

Ireland vs Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai and Co begin ODI series on winning note, beat hosts by 29 runs in first encounter
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Ireland vs Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai and Co begin ODI series on winning note, beat hosts by 29 runs in first encounter

Ireland, beaten 2-0 in the recent T20 series, were chasing a target of 228 to win but were bowled out for 198.

Ireland vs Afghanistan: Final T20I abandoned without a ball bowled due to a wet outfield; visitors win series 2-0
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Ireland vs Afghanistan: Final T20I abandoned without a ball bowled due to a wet outfield; visitors win series 2-0

The final Twenty20 international between Ireland and Afghanistan on Friday was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield.

Ireland to host India for two T20 matches before Virat Kohli and co travel to England
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Ireland to host India for two T20 matches before Virat Kohli and co travel to England

India last toured Ireland in 2007, playing a one-day international in Belfast which they won by nine wickets.

West Indies' World Cup 2019 qualifying hopes delivered blow after match against Ireland washed out
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West Indies' World Cup 2019 qualifying hopes delivered blow after match against Ireland washed out

West Indies captain Jason Holder said qualifying automatically would be a tough task but he is looking forward to the series, which starts in Manchester next week.

Sun-like stars tend to calm down after a violent youth allowing evolution of life, claims study
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Sun-like stars tend to calm down after a violent youth allowing evolution of life, claims study

The findings published online in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society showed that older stars drop in activity quickly.

Theresa May signs deal with DUP: Arlene Foster, war-hardened Northern Ireland leader, is set to 'confound critics'
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Theresa May signs deal with DUP: Arlene Foster, war-hardened Northern Ireland leader, is set to 'confound critics'

Dismissing widespread concerns since the election over her party's opposition to gay marriage and abortion, Foster has said the DUP will confound its critics.

British Airways faces global system failure; passengers stranded without luggage on holiday weekend
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British Airways faces global system failure; passengers stranded without luggage on holiday weekend

British Airways faced global computer system failure on Saturday causing major delays for holiday makers at the start of the bank holiday weekend.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to visit Northern Ireland to study peace model
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to visit Northern Ireland to study peace model

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, will visit Northern Ireland in November to learn about its peace process, the Colombian embassy said on Thursday.

Facebook is being sued by a 14-year-old over naked picture on
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Facebook is being sued by a 14-year-old over naked picture on "shame page"

In a major setback for the social media giant Facebook, the company has lost a legal bid to prevent a 14-year-old girl from suing it over a her naked picture that was posted on a "shame page" on the platform as an act of revenge.

Is Jon Snow back? Game of Thrones star Kit Harington spotted at filming location
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Is Jon Snow back? Game of Thrones star Kit Harington spotted at filming location

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, has been spotted in Belfast, Northern Island, where most of Game of Thrones interior scenes are filmed.

Four security alerts in Northern Ireland including bomb, no injuries
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Four security alerts in Northern Ireland including bomb, no injuries

A bomb has exploded under a car in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland but no one was injured, while part of a major train line has been suspended in a separate security alert, police said on Thursday.

Finding Westeros: Mapping the Game of Thrones trail for the ultimate GoT fan
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Finding Westeros: Mapping the Game of Thrones trail for the ultimate GoT fan

Undulating glens, beheadings and births, Irish folklore and a crazy Khaleesi fan. A drive through Northern Ireland's coastline mapping locations used in Game of Thrones includes all this and more. Spoilers ahead…