In Brief

In Brief St Malachy’s Church, Armagh
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Aid to the Church in need invites parishioners to set aside Wednesday, November 28 to light up churches and wear something red to remember Christian martyrs and those who have died for their faith. On that day, St Malachy’s Church, Armagh will be lit up red and people are asked to wear something red as a symbolic reminder of all those Christians who have suffered and died for their Christian faith over the years.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will celebrate a Mass in St Malachy’s Church at 7.30pm on the evening. After Mass, people will have an opportunity to venerate and be blessed with a special relic of St Brigid.


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Ladbrokes has announced it will cut the maximum stake on highly-addictive Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in the North.

Christian charity CARE has called on other bookmakers to follow Ladbrokes’ lead, by implementing the cut to bring the stake on FOBTs into line with Britain.

The British Government announced recently that the maximum stake on FOBTs would be cut from £100 to £2. However, because FOBTs operate in a legal grey area in Northern Ireland, in part because the Gambling Act 2005 does not extend to the country, machines there will continue to operate at £100 a spin unless bookies decide themselves to impose the change.



The Department of Justice and Equality is developing a National Strategy which is says will improve the lives of LGBTI people in Ireland. According to a statement from the department, the overall aim of this strategy will be to target discrimination, promote inclusion, and improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI people.

The next event is at the Imperial Hotel in Cork on November 24 from 9.30am.

People unable to attend can contribute to the strategy via email by sending a message to