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Families spend more than £500 on child's First Holy Communion

Families spent an average of £538 on their child’s First Holy Communion this year – an increase of £39 on 2016 – Ulster Bank’s annual survey reveals today.
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Pound coins

This is when shops can start refusing your old £1 coins

The deadline for spending your old £1 coins is fast approaching with shops soon able to refuse to accept them.

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Generation Game

All new Generation Game looking for contestants

The iconic seventies game show, The Generation Game, is set to return to BBC and is looking for competitive families to take part.
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Microsoft Paint was first introduced in 1985.

Microsoft to kill off Paint after 32 years

Software giant, Microsoft, has announced its decision to kill off graphics editing application, Paint, after 32 years.

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WATCH: Mother films terrifying scene inside plane as it dropped towards the sea

A terrified mother has revealed how "all hell broke loose" as the plane she was travelling on dropped dramatically towards the sea.

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Attractive?

Scientists discover ugly truth about attractiveness

A handsome husband can be bad for women's health by triggering dangerous dieting, according to new research.

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Don't misuse the '999' number

PSNI warn public 'not to misuse the 999' emergency number

Police are warning the public not to make false calls to PSNI Call management centres - as it could have serious consequences.
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A bored child

Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Parents beware - the average child will utter their first 'I'm bored …' just TEN DAYS into the summer holidays.

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What is real?

Only 60% of people can spot a manipulated picture - can you?

Most of us can't tell what's wrong with a faked picture - underlining the threat to democracy by the spread of made up propaganda, a study shows.

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The new Jane Austen Note, copyright Bank of England

Everything you need to know about the new £10 note

Just as we've stopped trying to rip apart the new indestructible £5 notes, the new £10 note will be revealed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral later today..
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Rose Week is in bloom at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

The world renowned Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast began in earnest on Monday.

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Home alone

Children's charity urges parents not to leave children home alone in summer months

The NSPCC is urging parents in Northern Ireland to think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays after its Helpline referred dozens of cases to the PSNI and children’s services after receiving calls and emails from members of the public worried about unsupervised youngsters.
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Enjoying the sunshine

Portugal as hot as here today in wall-to-wall sunshine

Temperatures throughout Northern Ireland match those in Portugal today with constant sunshine making life bliss.
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An Indian summer

Indian summer predicted as three months of hot weather could be on the way

The UK could be set to bask in three months of hot weather as an ‘African blast’ of hot air heads north.

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The Boss

Contestants sought for BBC One quiz show

The BBC are searching for contestants to take part in the second series of TV quiz show The Boss.
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A sunny day at Belfast City Hall

Sun to shine down on Twelfth celebrations

Sun is set to shine down on July 12 parades in Northern Ireland with temperatures set to reach around 21 degrees.
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Coffee

Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

The secret to a long life might be three cups of coffee as a landmark study reveals it reduces the risk of death from all disease.

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A sand pit

Sandpits full of bugs that cause stomach upsets

Sand play pits harbour the emerging superbug C. diff that causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea and in rare cases damages the gut, a new study found.
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False widow spider. (Stock Image)

Poisonous spider spotted in child's playhouse

An Irish father was left in shock when he discovered a poisonous false widow spider in his back garden in Dublin this week.
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Belfast Zoo keepers have said hello deer to the latest arrival as the worlds smallest deer, the Southern pudu, has given birth!

How do you do, little pudu?

Belfast Zoo keepers have said ‘hello deer’ to the latest arrival as the world’s smallest deer, the Southern pudu, has given birth!

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