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Feb 5, 2015

Police deal with four security alerts in Northern Ireland

BELFAST (Reuters) – Police in Northern Ireland were dealing with four separate security alerts on Thursday, including an explosion under a car in the capital Belfast, but no one was injured and it was unclear if the incidents were linked to political violence.

Officers were examining an object where a suspected bomb went off late on Wednesday. Part of the road where the incident took place had been closed and residents were evacuated.

Feb 4, 2015

Golf-McIlroy and former agents settle legal case

DUBLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) – World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has settled his legal dispute with his former management company, the two sides said on Wednesday, avoiding a potential eight weeks in court.

The world’s media had descended on the Irish High Court on the quays of Dublin’s River Liffey in anticipation of seeing the four-times major winner take the stand in a case that he took time away from the golf course to prepare for last year.

Feb 3, 2015

McIlroy case deferred for second time, sides make progress

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Lawyers for Rory McIlroy requested that the start of the world number one golfer’s case with his former agents be deferred for a second time on Tuesday as the two sides “make progress” ahead of a possible eight weeks in court.

The four-times major winner terminated his contract with Horizon Sports Management in September 2013 to form his own company, prompting a protracted dispute which forced McIlroy to take time away from the golf course to prepare for the case.

Dec 10, 2014
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The Disappeared

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Crossmaglen, United Kingdom

By Cathal McNaughton

I’ve been aware of the story of the “Disappeared” most of my life. In fact, I grew up with it.

While I’ve covered some pretty horrific stories in Northern Ireland over the years – I’ve been to murder scenes and I’ve heard gruesome things – shooting this story affected me more than many of the things I’ve seen.

Jul 2, 2014
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Seeking refuge in Sweden

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Stockholm, Sweden

By Cathal McNaughton

Gaining the trust of asylum seekers I met in Sweden and taking pictures that would grab the viewer’s attention and convey the tremendous struggles and dangers they had faced was a challenge.

They were scared and suspicious and in most cases had family back in their homeland who were in danger.

Feb 19, 2014
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Water, water everywhere

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Moorland, Britain

By Cathal McNaughton

It’s like a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie. The Somerset village of Moorland is under five feet of water. Wading along the usually bustling main street, I am struck by how quiet it is – everything has an eerie, post-apocalyptic feel.

The only sound I can hear is coming from the now breached flood defences moving backwards and forwards in the ebb and flow of the rising waters, creaking like a sinking ship.

Sep 17, 2013
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Weapons at hand

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

By Cathal McNaughton

As I was driving home one night after covering civil unrest in Belfast, I looked at the objects sitting on the passenger seat. There was a golf ball and two snooker balls: objects thrown at members of the police and media by rioters.

I decided that it would be interesting to see how many of these items I could collect over the coming months at the various riots that were sure to follow. The idea was interesting but the difficulty was going to be adding some life to these inanimate objects. They ranged from the ridiculous (a ball covered in insulating tape) to the lethal (a petrol bomb and a hammer).

Aug 30, 2013

Home of Irish whiskey woos tourists with fake shops

BUSHMILLS, Northern Ireland, Aug 30 (Reuters) – One of the
homes of Irish whiskey is fighting an economic downturn by
investing in art projects to brighten up derelict shops and
houses – an approach it says is boosting tourist numbers.

The idea of cosmetically enhancing villages in Northern
Ireland, a British province still recovering from three decades
of sectarian violence, gained much publicity before a meeting of
G8 leaders there in June.

Mar 28, 2013
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No happy endings in nature

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County Antrim, Northern Ireland

By Cathal McNaughton

When the snow started falling on Thursday afternoon nobody in the Glens of Antrim could have predicted the devastating impact it would have on the farming community. Sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow fall combined with strong easterly winds produced 30 foot snowdrifts.

The rolling hillsides, where just a week previously daffodils had swayed in the breeze in the watery spring sunshine, now lay covered in an unseasonable layer of deep snow. But below the beautiful winter wonderland landscape the tragic reality of nature lay hidden – thousands of sheep buried with their farmers unable to reach them.

Feb 28, 2013
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The writing’s on the wall

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

By Cathal McNaughton

A five meter high mural of a gunman dressed in army fatigues and a balaclava, clutching an AK-47 painted on the gable end of a wall of a house in a residential street – people walk by and don’t even notice it.

In other parts of the UK and Ireland there would probably be outrage – but not in Northern Ireland, where young children happily play on streets with a backdrop of politically charged murals commemorating the violence and bloodshed of the Troubles.