About the author

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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What Brexit will mean to border communities in Ireland

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / August 27, 2020

What will Brexit mean to border communities in Ireland?  With the date that the UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) drawing ever closer – December 31, 2020 – no-one seems to be any the wiser about what is going to happen.  What is in the deal between the UK and the EU?  […]

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Is the party over for under-25s at Airbnb?

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / August 26, 2020

The party may be over for under-25s at Airbnb properties.  The company announced the trial restrictions in an effort to cut down on rowdy parties and the spread of coronavirus. Initial plans Initially, Airbnb is planning to introduce the measures it has already implemented in the US and Canada in the UK, Spain and France.   […]

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Ghanaian fishermen have taken up Gaelic football

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / August 19, 2020

A group of Ghanaian fishermen have taken up Gaelic football at a County Down GAA club.   The men from Ghana in Africa have been living and working on fishing boats out of Ardglass harbour for the past year. Ardglass GAC The local GAA club, Ardglass Gaelic Athletic Club (GAC), has welcomed the men into […]

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Northern drivers will need green card after Brexit

By Niall Ó Brolcháin / August 17, 2020

The Irish Department for Transport has confirmed that drivers from Northern Ireland and Great Britain will have to carry an insurance green card while driving across the border to the Republic of Ireland from January.  The new rule will apply after the end of the Brexit transition period. Insurance A spokesperson said: “A green card […]

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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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