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Hundreds celebrate May Day in Holywood

Hundreds of people have been enjoying traditional May Day celebrations in the sunshine of the seaside town in Co Down.

As UTV’s Paul Reilly reports, the pleasant bank holiday weather certainly helped bring out the crowds to dance around the May Pole and crown the May Queen.

Mayor of Ards and North Down Deborah Girvan said: “It’s absolutely fabulous to see the people of Holywood and beyond who have come to support this wonderful community festival.”

NI footballers lace up to support LGBT community

Footballers across Northern Ireland laced up their boots in rainbow colours this weekend, all to promote acceptance of the LGBT community in sport.

Clubs were issued with the colourful laces by the NI Football League and players were given the choice to wear them.

Belfast councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, the city’s first openly gay Deputy Lord Mayor was on hand at Solitude on Saturday to help launch the initiative as Cliftonville took on Glenavon.

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“We’re a nation of football lovers and soccer supporters, so this is important,” the deputy lord mayor told UTV.

“And I would hope other sports would take on and follow these guys in showing the same kind of initiative and support.”

NIFL Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “We are delighted to support the Deputy Lord Mayor in this initiative.

“Football brings people together and this is a great way to stand alongside footballers and fans alike who identify as LGBT.”

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Screen legend Morgan Freeman ‘spotted in Belfast’

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Social media has been buzzing with reports that legendary actor Morgan Freeman is in Belfast.

The award-winning star, whose film credits include The Shawshank Redemption, has been snapped casually strolling around the city.

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Fans took to Twitter to express surprise and delight at the prospect of catching even a little glimpse of the actor.

He was spotted in the city centre and in the Short Strand area of east Belfast on Thursday afternoon.

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James McClean answers young Down's syndrome footballers' appeal

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Republic of Ireland international James McClean has turned up for a match with a Derry football team whose young players all have Down’s syndrome, after hearing they had no one to play against.

The Oxford Bulls ended up playing their first proper game against a 'McClean Select' side.

Their opponents were captained by the West Brom player himself and included the likes of his brother Brian, former Derry City player Vincent Sweeney, and current Coleraine player Jordan Allan.

“Our boys were a bit star struck when he first walked in,” Kevin Morrison, who started the team and whose son Adam plays for it, said on Facebook.

“But after James put them through their paces in the warm-up, they were ready to take him on.”

Kevin added: “The session finished with a penalty shoot-out with our illustrious visitor going into nets for the lads!

“Now I'm not gonna reveal if he saved any, but suffice to say none of the Oxford Bulls missed the target …”

Delighted with the memorable experience for the young players, Kevin said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to James McClean and his mates for coming down to see our lads and giving them their first big game experience.

“I don't think James will ever appear in a more chaotic team photo and yet he handled it with all such great patience and grace.”

It comes just after Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt also paid a visit to the team to help with a masterclass.

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