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Mall gets a real kick from sports shop

Mall gets a real kick from sports shop

Portadown’s High Street Mall has been given a real sporting chance of a turn-around with the advent of InterSport which has moved into a large unit in the main concourse, which was formerly occupied by the clothing multinational Internacionale.

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Mixed messages on same-sex marriage

The controversy over the Republic’s same-sex marriage vote is back in the spotlight with a declaration read out at Armagh Road Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning that their minister, the Rev Christina Bradley, “fully accepted that marriage is to be between one man and one woman and homosexual practice is sinful”.

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Churches are facing major challenges

The vexed subject of same sex marriage (SSM) is going into overdrive, with an Alice in Wonderland ‘curiouser and curiouser’ ring about it. There is a welter of diverse opinions emanating from the Christian churches - as diverse as the colours of the rainbow.

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Ireland won’t fall into the Atlantic...

Society is changing at a rate of knots, as witnessed by the 62.1 per cent vote in the Irish Republic, supporting same-sex marriage. Who’d have thought 15 or 20 years ago, that such a conservative, staunchly Roman Catholic country would be a world leader in an overwhelming referendum for seismic change?

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Ports and fans left to pay the penalty

Saturday’s Portadown v Glentoran Cup Final should have been a joyous occasion. A golden opportunity for the Irish Football Association (IFA) to promote the domestic game, with so many new Ports fans - men, women and children, granddads and grannies - at the Oval for a day out.

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Dialogue essential at Knocknamuckley

The traditional old hymn ‘The Church’s One Foundation’ comes down hard on the divisions within the Christian Church, with the passage – ‘By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed’.

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A welcome step on road to normality

Flags have been a contentious issue in Northern Ireland for as long as anyone can remember – an issue that politicians flog for all they’re worth, often to keep the communities at one another’s throats, thus securing their support in election after election.

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Orange and green battle lines drawn

The Westminster elections are five weeks away, and while the rest of the UK will vote on bread-and-better issues, here in Northern Ireland, the Orange-Green attitude is as strong as ever – with Upper Bann a prime example of the whole ethos of arid Ulster politics.

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Cup bid that helps the community

And so Portadown Football Club are into another Irish Cup Final, where they play old rivals Glentoran on Saturday May 2 – another day out for the community, with high hopes that the Ports can succeed where they have failed twice in the past against the east Belfast men.

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Unhappy ending as council fades away

A leopard doesn’t change its spots – and Craigavon Borough Council members, who initially tried to end CBC’s 41-year sojourn by being pleasant to one another on Monday night (their final act), finished up playing true to type.

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Why the secrecy over police move?

Policing in Portadown is in a state of uncertainty, with £38m having to come out of the divisional budget and with the futile search for a suitable site to establish an inquiry office in town. The barrack of a building in Edward Street is totally unsuitable.

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