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Looking for old friends or family / Re: George McFarland
« Last post by Shas on Today at 05:04:22 AM »
Thank you for this...I don’t think it is the same family but will look into it some more.
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Belfast Chat / Re: Belfast trial of two Rugby players for rape
« Last post by Number26 on Today at 01:09:52 AM »
Omg James James #483 all your own work,wise up and stop the cut and paste crap
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: PURDEYSBURN HOSPITAL BELFAST
« Last post by BREDAGUY on Yesterday at 11:44:35 PM »
all my family worked in purdsburn for many years my uncle was noisey maynes
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Exiles / Re: CANADA TO-DAY.
« Last post by BREDAGUY on Yesterday at 11:18:23 PM »
where has Cyprus girl gone
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: James Mackie & Sons
« Last post by BREDAGUY on Yesterday at 11:16:25 PM »
my wife worked for years on the switchboard
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Exiles / Re: CANADA TO-DAY.
« Last post by SIXTYNINER on Yesterday at 11:07:25 PM »
HI LIZ, I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.  :-* :-*

I HOPE THE WEATHER GETS BETTER SO WE CAN GET INTO THE GARDEN AGAIN. WE HAD RAIN THIS MORNING AND SUPPOSED TO GET STORMS THIS EVENING, HOPEFULLY IT WILL CLEAR THE AIR FOR TOMORROW. :-\

THE BAND DID A CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON IN THE VETERANS WING OF SUNNYBROOK HOSPITAL. THE BAND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS CONCERT FOR MANY YEARS, THEY PLAY ALL THE SONGS THE VET'S KNOW AND CAN SING ALONG, IT'S VERY SAD TO SEE MOST OF THEM IN WHEELCHAIRS. :(

WELL, THE RAIN WITH THUNDER AND LIGHTENING HAS STARTED SO I GUESS WE WON'T BE GOING OUT FOR DINNER ::)

HAVE A GOOD EVENING AND WEEKEND EVERYONE  :-**
I'M FEELING FINE NOW RUBY, THANKS FOR ASKING LOVE. I HAD TO COME OUT AND SEE WHAT WAS MAKING ALL THE NOISE.  IT'S LIKE THUNDER AND LIGHTENING AND IT CAN'T WAIT TO RAIN, IT'S POURING SO I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE HAD BBQS GOING.  MORE LIKE  A SWIMMING POOL PARTY.  I HOPE I DON'T JINX MYSELF , I'VE JUST HEARD THE POLICE SIRENS GOING LOUD AND NOW THEY'VE STOPPED, I HOPE IT'S NOT SOMETHING VERY SERIOUS, ANYWAY I HOPE THE POWER DOES NOT GO OF.    IT SOUNDS LIKE THE VETS HAD A GOOD TIME, I'M SO GLAD YOU DO THAT FOR THEM RUBY, WHEN YOU THINK WHAT THEY DID FOR US.  LIZ XXXX
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Belfast Chat / Re: Education unraveling in Northern Ireland
« Last post by Bigali on Yesterday at 11:05:09 PM »
I went to a co religion grammar school in the late seventies , I don’t see what the big fuss is all about  ???
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Belfast History and Memories / Re: O'Connor school of Irish Dancing
« Last post by lilybo on Yesterday at 11:02:39 PM »
Yes , The Irvines and the Monaghans moved to Turf Lodge
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Belfast Chat / Re: Belfast trial of two Rugby players for rape
« Last post by James James on Yesterday at 10:55:56 PM »
"14 APR 2019"
https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/irish-rugby-players-taking-healthy-14308760

"Irish rugby players taking sexual behaviour classes following Belfast rape trial"

"Today marks one year since the IRFU terminated Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s contracts"



Quote,...

Irish rugby players are taking classes to learn about intimacy, consent and how to behave properly, the Irish Sunday Mirror can reveal.

The men have been attending compulsory workshops about “healthy behaviours” – including while drinking – following the outcome of the Belfast rape trial last year.

A spokesman for the Irish Rugby Football Union said:

“As a background, following the trial the IRFU gave a commitment to conduct an in-depth review of existing structures and educational programmes.

“We identified additional programmes that could be added to the education curriculum, particularly in the areas of healthy behaviours and relationships and the decision-making awareness relating to these.

“We did recognise it was incumbent upon us to ensure our programmes matched the ever-changing social environment.”

Today marks one year since the IRFU terminated Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s contracts.

While the pair were cleared of rape, public outrage over the exposure of lewd text messages in a WhatsApp group and their treatment of the 19-year-old at the centre of the case led to them hanging up their boots with Ulster and Ireland.

We can now reveal the IRFU, along with Rugby Players Ireland, found shortcomings in the services provided in educating players.

The bodies appointed UK-based consultancy Gleeson Mills, who work with a number of sports in these areas, to carry out the education programme.

Its website states the company “specialises in the prevention of harmful sexual behaviour”.

The IRFU said: “Our decision to work with this provider was based on the content of their programmes, their experience and their expertise in the specific context of sport.”

The Irish Sunday Mirror contacted Gleeson Mills to outline what their sessions consisted of but a spokesperson advised the newspaper to contact RPI to “discuss the content of the work they commissioned”.

A spokesman for RPI said: “Awareness And Behaviours is an interactive two-session workshop developed specifically for elite sporting professionals to discuss and promote healthy intimate relationships while looking at risks associated with situations they might find themselves in.

Workshop content, which covers areas such as healthy behaviours, including consent, was coordinated by player development managers and a clinical psychologist alongside IRFU HR, through consultation with a range of stakeholders, including male and female staff.”

The IRFU added: “The programme provides an understanding of the importance of making good decisions when others may have a diminished capacity to do so, particularly when impacted or inhibited by alcohol and or other substances.”

It told the Irish Sunday Mirror the senior teams – including the national squad – were first to attend the classes.

The spokesman said: “We prioritised the development of the workshops for our senior teams.

Most players have now undertaken the training. A small number will complete the programme at the end of the season as the training dates did not work for them initially.

“The programme has been undertaken by players in each province and delivered as part of a curriculum of mandatory workshops that also deal with gambling, social media usage, mental health and transition from the game.

These workshops came as part of a wider programme that promotes the personal development of players and their responsibilities as role models in society.

“The IRFU is committed to player education and support and we invest a significant six-figure sum in relation to the education and support functions made available to players by RPI each year.”

Thousands of people took to the streets across Ireland and the North last year to protest over the lack of respect shown to women in a WhatsApp group that both Jackson and Olding were in.

The Belfast trial heard how the latter sent a message which read:

“We are all top shaggers. And there was a bit of spit roasting going on last night, fellas.”

The IRFU and Ulster Rugby released a statement after ending Jackson’s and Olding’s contracts.

It read:

“In arriving at this decision, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby acknowledge our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, inclusivity and integrity.”
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Exiles / Re: CANADA TO-DAY.
« Last post by urneygirl on Yesterday at 10:37:45 PM »
HI LIZ, I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON.  :-* :-*

I HOPE THE WEATHER GETS BETTER SO WE CAN GET INTO THE GARDEN AGAIN. WE HAD RAIN THIS MORNING AND SUPPOSED TO GET STORMS THIS EVENING, HOPEFULLY IT WILL CLEAR THE AIR FOR TOMORROW. :-\

THE BAND DID A CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON IN THE VETERANS WING OF SUNNYBROOK HOSPITAL. THE BAND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS CONCERT FOR MANY YEARS, THEY PLAY ALL THE SONGS THE VET'S KNOW AND CAN SING ALONG, IT'S VERY SAD TO SEE MOST OF THEM IN WHEELCHAIRS. :(

WELL, THE RAIN WITH THUNDER AND LIGHTENING HAS STARTED SO I GUESS WE WON'T BE GOING OUT FOR DINNER ::)

HAVE A GOOD EVENING AND WEEKEND EVERYONE  :-**
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