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Niall Ó Brolcháin

is a journalist based in Derry in the North of Ireland. He is an Irish speaker with a BA (Hons) degree in Irish Language and Literature and a Master's degree in International Journalism: Hostile Environment Reporting. Passionate about local, national and international human, cultural, language and equality rights, he has extensive experience telling rich stories in words, photo and video both in Ireland and Palestine. email: niallb.babylon@gmail.com

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Nobel peace laureate John Hume dies

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / August 6, 2020

Derry was in mourning this week when the news broke of the death of one of its greatest sons.  Nobel peace laureate John Hume died at Owen Mór nursing home in the city after suffering dementia for some years.  He was 83 years old. Family statement In a statement, his family announced that he died […]

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Cross-community GAA club formed in East Belfast

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 23, 2020

Gaelic games have returned to East Belfast for the first time in a generation.  The last club of this kind to hail from the area, St Colmcille’s GAC, was disbanded in the 1970s as a result of the Troubles.  A new cross-community GAA club  has now been formed. East Belfast GAA Announced earlier this year, […]

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Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland triumphs

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 21, 2020

Jack Charlton will undoubtedly be remembered as the greatest Republic of Ireland soccer manager ever.  Tributes poured in for the England World Cup winner after his death on July 10 2020.  The 85-year-old had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also suffering from dementia.  Jack Charlton’s Ireland triumphs include reaching the […]

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Amputee’s epic voyage across the Atlantic

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 17, 2020

An amputee’s epic voyage across the Atlantic began when the lockdown conditions started to kick in around the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Derry sailor Garry Crothers found himself on the French/Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.  With no means of getting home, Garry decided to set off on an epic voyage […]

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Musicians raise £10,000 for foodbank

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 10, 2020

Local musicians helped raise over £10,000 recently for the Foyle foodbank.  Foyle foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups in Derry.  They work together towards stopping hunger in the local area. Foyle foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks and works to tackle food poverty and hunger […]

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Life nursing in a Covid-19 ward

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 9, 2020

What is it like nursing in a Covid-19 ward during the pandemic?  Eva McGilloway is a nurse at Altnagelvin hospital in Derry.  She spoke to me recently about what it is like taking care of people who have had to receive intensive care as a result of the virus. ICU 24-year-old Eva, who happens to […]

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Old civil war enemies form historic coalition government

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 3, 2020

Left to right, climate minister Eamon Ryan, tánaiste Leo Varadkar and taoiseach Micheál Martin at a cabinet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Old enemies from the Irish civil war, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, have formed a historic coalition government in Ireland together with the Green Party.  After almost 100 years of civil war politics, both […]

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Celtronic 2020 – Together:Apart – virtually!

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / July 1, 2020

Celtronic 2020 – Together:Apart started last night.  It will celebrate 20 years of electronic dance music.  For the next six days and nights, more than 60 artists from across the world will come together to celebrate 20 years of Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic.  For the last 20 years, music fans from Derry and […]

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Rami Zahra – Syrian refugee journalist in Ireland

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / June 30, 2020

Rami Zahra is a Syrian refugee journalist who has settled in Ireland.  His son, Joud, was the first Syrian refugee baby born in Northern Ireland.  Along with his wife Shireen, Rami was forced to flee the war-torn middle-eastern country after enduring years of civil war.  This brought with it indiscriminate bombings and shootings. Danger Rami’s […]

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Linda Ervine – Irish language thriving in East Belfast

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / June 24, 2020

Linda Ervine’s interview video at the bottom of the article I first met Linda Ervine, a proud Unionist and Protestant from East Belfast, a few years ago in Gweedore, County Donegal.  We were attending an intensive, residential one-week Gaeilge or Irish language course. I had a great night over a few pints with Linda and […]