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Newspaper review: NI and Republic of Ireland stories

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Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Thursday's newspapers.

Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon is pictured in the Belfast Telegraph hailing the crowd at Wednesday's football game against Kilmarnock.

"Defiant, brave and back at work," says the newspaper on its front page.

On the back page, former NI manager Sammy McIlroy urges Lennon "not to walk away" from football, following the foiled letter bombs sent to him and others in Scotland.

The Irish News concentrates on transcripts and pictures from the very moving TV documentary about Michaela McAreavey screened on Thursday.

Michaela's husband John spoke of the moment that he found her in their hotel room in Mauritius.

Two hotel employees are expected to stand trial in June for her murder.

On the RTE programme, John spoke of how he and Michaela had become inseparable after meeting as young students.

He said that now, almost four months after her death on their honeymoon, he faces a daily challenge to live life without her.

Leading loyalist

"Stay with me Michaela," is the headline in the Sun alongside a wedding picture of the young couple.

The Daily Mirror also devotes a page to the programme, but leads on the attack on a leading loyalist in a Belfast supermarket on Thursday.

The News Letter also leads with that stabbing, but it notes elsewhere the Queen's 85th birthday today, on Maundy Thursday.

The paper's Morning View column says that she is "a shining example to older people".

Photographer Tim Hetherington is thought to be the first British casualty of the civil war in Libya.

He is pictured on the front of The Times with the headline "slaughter in Misrata".

A mortar bomb landed on a group of British and American photographers, covering the "bitter fight for control of a bridge".

A Times photographer pays tribute to his professional colleague inside the paper and says Mr Hetherington "did his job with courage and humanity".

'Killed on duty'

The first female army officer to be killed in Afghanistan, bomb disposal expert Captain Lisa Head, had been defusing what the Daily Telegraph calls "a daisy chain of hidden bombs".

The paper says Captain Head had also worked in Northern Ireland.

The Guardian reports that she was the second British servicewoman killed on duty in Afghanistan.

Finance is again under focus in the Irish papers.

It's "the end of an era" according to the Irish Times.

That's the verdict, as both the Irish Times and the Irish Independent carry the same picture of signage being removed from a Dublin bank.

The three letters removed make Anglo Irish Bank for a moment "lo Irish bank" beside reports about "semi-state wages".

The Irish Independent says the government in the Republic is powerless to touch them, despite describing some of them as "shocking".

The Irish Times has a pledge from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform that the government in the south will launch an early review of pay levels.

The paper's editorial says that few will argue with the terms laid down for the possible disposal of State assets set down by the McCarthy report. These include the sale of the National Stud.

"If you can't recall a name," says the Daily Mail, "it's not all to do with age, it's simply that your mind is too cluttered."

Spring clean and declutter all those plots of films, books etc that are in there, the paper says.

Scientists in Canada also believe that lack of sleep can contribute to the memory problems, as well as not being calm. Yoga and rest are recommended

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