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‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviewsFrom Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.Now the late, great George …

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Ireland ’employed British military intelligence officer’ after Rugby World Cup leaks

New book claims union feared bugs had been planted at HQIRFU said in response that the claims were ‘fictionalised’Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British mi…

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Derry City begin tough journey towards light after tribute to Ryan McBride | Henry McDonald

League of Ireland club must again find a way to recover from dark times after being shaken to the core by the sudden death of their club captain

When the clouds hanging over the Donegal hills on the Inishowen peninsula parted after the rain, the shadow of death that has loomed across League of Ireland side Derry City through the last seven days temporarily lifted. Just before kick-off on Friday evening, primary schoolchildren from the club’s City Cubs side released dozens of red and white balloons into a brightening sky, some of which were carried on the wind westward, towards the Atlantic.

The balloons bore the name of the side’s fallen hero, their captain, Ryan McBride, who – after leading Derry City to a 2-0 victory against Drogheda United on 18 March – died suddenly at his home that weekend. After their release came thunderous applause around Maginn Park, a 1,600-capacity stadium that has become Derry City’s temporary home until its old base at Brandywell, across the border in Northern Ireland, is refurbished.

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Cup games postponed after Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies aged 27

• McBride passed away 24 hours after victory over Drogheda United
• EA Sports Cup matches due for Tuesday all postponed as mark of respect

The League of Ireland was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City at the age of 27. Ryan McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause is unknown. As a mark of respect all first round EA Sports Cup games due to be played on Tuesday have been postponed.

McBride passed away 24 hours after captaining Derry to victory over Drogheda United, the club’s fourth straight league win this season. The previous week McBride scored the winner against Shamrock Rovers and was regarded as one of the most talented players in the league. He came from the Brandywell district of Derry where the club’s ground is based.

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Cup games postponed after Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies aged 27

• McBride passed away 24 hours after victory over Drogheda United
• EA Sports Cup matches due for Tuesday all postponed as mark of respect

The League of Ireland was in shock on Monday over the sudden death of the captain of Derry City at the age of 27. Ryan McBride was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening. The cause is unknown. As a mark of respect all first round EA Sports Cup games due to be played on Tuesday have been postponed.

McBride passed away 24 hours after captaining Derry to victory over Drogheda United, the club’s fourth straight league win this season. The previous week McBride scored the winner against Shamrock Rovers and was regarded as one of the most talented players in the league. He came from the Brandywell district of Derry where the club’s ground is based.

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Northern Ireland fan dies while in Nice for Euro 2016

Football fan dies in accident after falling on the seafront in the early hours, according to authorities

A Northern Ireland fan who was in Nice for the Euro 2016 football championships has died as a result of an accident on the seafront, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed.

Supt Nigel Doddard, who is leading the PSNI’s operations in France, said his French counterparts confirmed it was an accident. The man is understood to be in his 20s.

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Northern Ireland fan dies while in Nice for Euro 2016

Football fan dies in accident after falling on the seafront in the early hours, according to authorities

A Northern Ireland fan who was in Nice for the Euro 2016 football championships has died as a result of an accident on the seafront, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed.

Supt Nigel Doddard, who is leading the PSNI’s operations in France, said his French counterparts confirmed it was an accident. The man is understood to be in his 20s.

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Gerry Armstrong believes Northern Ireland can make Euro 2016 memorable

Armstrong and Nigel Worthington are confident that Northern Ireland’s return to a major championship can be a fruitful one for Michael O’Neill’s side

Gerry Armstrong knows a thing or two about upsetting the odds at a major tournament. By scoring for Northern Ireland against Spain at the 1982 World Cup he secured arguably the most famous victory in the country’s history. So when Armstrong talks of parallels between the squad Michael O’Neill has taken to Euro 2016 and the ones he was part of during Northern Ireland’s golden era, it is worth listening.

Armstrong’s goal in Valencia, famously driven through the legs of Spain’s goalkeeper Luis Arconada, meant the team finished top of their group. Four years later Northern Ireland were back on the grandest stage, at the World Cup in Mexico. Although they failed to make it beyond the opening round there, Armstrong believes O’Neill’s team are capable of reaching the knockout stages in France, their first major tournament since then.

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English motorcyclist killed in Northern Irish road race

Malachi Mitchell Thomas, 20, from Chorley in Lancashire, was riding for the Cookstown BE teamAn English motorcyclist was killed at the North West 200 road races in Northern Ireland on Saturday. He has been named as Malachi Mitchell Thomas, who came fro…

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Gay and feminist groups to picket BBC over Tyson Fury’s Spoty nomination

• Activists to protest before show at Belfast’s SSE Arena
• ‘His personality is obnoxious and he should not be feted’

Northern Ireland’s main gay and feminist rights organisations will picket Sports Personality of the Year over the addition of the world boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to the shortlist for the Belfast event.

They are angry that the BBC has kept Fury on the shortlist despite remarks he made in newspapers and radio which have been condemned as homophobic and sexist.

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Ex-policeman caught up in Chelsea fans’ Paris metro incident denies he is racist

Richard Barklie, a former RUC officer, says he did not sing racist songs during incident when black man was stopped from boarding train

A former police officer from Northern Ireland denied on Sunday night that he was racist after being identified as one of the Chelsea fans wanted over the alleged racist abuse of a black man on the Paris Métro.

Richard Barklie, who works in the field of human rights, insisted he did not sing racist songs during the notorious incident before Chelsea’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain last week.

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Irish League champions Cliftonville lead the way on gay rights too

Red and white colours of title winners Cliftonville joined by LGBT rainbow banner flown by gay supporters at their home stadium as well as other grounds across Northern Ireland Continue reading…

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Angler from Northern Ireland dies and one missing after squall on Lough Ree

Third man critically ill in hospital after boat carrying anglers from Co Armagh club overturns in strong winds on river Shannon

A man from Northern Ireland has died hours after being rescued from a lake in the Irish Republic, it was confirmed on Friday. One of the dead man’s friends remains missing in the area around Lough Ree on the river Shannon.

A third man from Northern Ireland remains critically ill in hospital after their boat sank on the lough in Ireland’s largest river on Thursday afternoon.

The trio were members of a County Armagh angling club and had gone fishing for carp when their boat got into difficulties as they made their way to camp at an island on the lough. Conditions were stormy with strong winds on the lough when the anglers set out.

The Irish coastguard and the RNLI lifeboat service resumed their search for the missing man yesterday morning.

Damien Delaney, RNLI operations manager at Lough Ree, said: “We’ll go back to the search area again, where we left off yesterday evening, start again at View Point, we’ll be assisted by people from Athlone sub-aqua [club] and Lanesborough sub-aqua and some local anglers,” he said.

“There was a lot of debris in the water, fishing stuff and containers floating. There was quite a long trail of debris leading right across the lake for a distance of about two miles, so we’ll be following that trail area.”

Delaney said the search teams were holding on to the hope that the missing man had made it ashore. “We’ll be concentrating on the shore area as well. We’re reluctant to speculate; we just live in hope that he’s alive somewhere.”

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Paralympic weightlifter Omar Qaradhi pleads guilty to sexual assault

Qaradhi receives 12-month suspended sentence for sexually assaulting woman and two 14-year-old girls in Northern Ireland

A Paralympic weightlifter from Jordan has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls in Northern Ireland.

The powerlifter also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman during a physiotherapy session while preparing in Northern Ireland for the London Paralympic Games in 2012.

Omar Qaradhi changed his plea from not guilty on all three counts at Antrim crown court on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old received a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, for the assaults at a training base at the Antrim Forum in the run-up to the Games.

In two of the incidents, Qaradhi had touched the girls, both aged 14, after persuading them to have their pictures taken with him. A third incident happened during a physio session when he touched a therapist.

A doctor for the Jordanian Paralympic team told defence lawyers that Qaradhi had been born into poverty with a terrible disability. He had moved around at home with his hands and had to leave school at a young age to earn money after his father died, the doctor said.

The court was told Qaradhi was at the top of his sport and would have almost certainly won a gold medal in the London games.

The Jordanian Paralympic Committee removed him from the team following his arrest.

A defence lawyer said “a lifetime of achievement had been put at naught” because of what happened in Antrim. He said his client offered a “complete and unqualified” apology to the victims for the indignity, distress and hurt he had caused them.

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Threats to Sunderland footballer James McClean prompt police investigation

Derry-born player has been target of sectarian abuse over his refusal to wear Remembrance Day shirt during matchA police investigation has been opened into threats against Sunderland and Irish international footballer James McClean.The Derry-born playe…