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  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 March 2015
  2. More updates from Wednesday at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Grania McFadden

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


St Patrick's Day is over for us if it continues for many of you - we hope you had an excellent day. If you're in the pub, there's work in the morning so don't overdo things.

PAul McFarland

This picture from Paul McFarland shows the sun going down over Dromore, County Down. We'll be back again tomorrow from 07:00 - see you then.

Tomorrow looking good:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

After a chilly night it'll be a fine day tomorrow - clothes drying weather.


St Patrick's night concert

You can watch a

St Patrick's night concert on BBC Two NI tonight at 21:00. The line-up includes The Ulster Orchestra and guests, Paul Brady, Duke Special, Soak, The 4 of Us and more.

St Patrick's Night concert

Ahead of tonight's show

you can watch BBC NI's Steven Rainey interview The 4 of Us backstage about getting make-up advice from a distinguished peer, Duke Special.

Glasgow goes green

The Armadillo and the Hydro in Glasgow have joined in the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Scotland. Looking good!

Glasgow buildings green
Tourism Ireland

McCrea wants Biden apology:

DUP MP William McCrea has called on US vice-president Joe Biden to

apologise for comments he made when meeting Irish prime minister Enda Kenny in Washington.

Joe Biden

Mr Biden was with Mr Kenny when he told reporters: "If you're wearing orange, you're not welcome in here - only joking."

Corporation tax in House of Lords:

Giving Northern Ireland politicians power over corporation tax will help boost the private sector, the House of Lords has heard.

Baroness Randerson

Baroness Randerson said the move would allow Northern Ireland's economy to be "rebalanced" away from over-reliance on the public sector. She was speaking as she introduced legislation on corporation tax into the House of Lords.

Beef in the USA:

Derry Journal

A Londonderry company is one of only two beef producers in Europe that have been approved for export of beef to the US after a 15-year ban was lifted,

the Derry Journal reports.


Brunt banned:

BBC Sport NI

West Brom and Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has been suspended for one-match and fined £8,000 after accepting a charge of

abusing a match official.

Chris Brunt
Getty Images

The incident happened in the tunnel area of Villa Park after his side's

2-0 FA Cup defeat against Aston Villa on 7 March.

Store withdraws tricolour bunting:

Belfast Telegraph

A St Patrick's Day emblems row has blown up after a Belfast city centre store withdrew Irish tricolour flags and green, white and orange bunting from sale after complaints from customers,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Northern Lights tonight:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

You've a chance of seeing the Northern Lights after dark this evening - especially towards the north coast.

Northern Lights

The global saint:

Green has taken over the world today, as all across the globe people pay tribute to Ireland's St Patrick.

St Patrick

But who was the man behind the myths? And how did he become one of the world's best known saints? This

iWonder guide has the answers.

Slaughtneil no match for Corofin:

BBC Sport NI

It's disappointment for Ulster champions Slaughtneil after being dismantled by Galway's Corofin in the All-Ireland Club Final.


The Derry men trailed by eight points at half-time and there was no way back from there, with the final score 1-14 to 0-07.

Simmons mulls West Indies switch:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland cricket coach Phil Simmons is mulling over whether to accept an offer to take

charge of his native West Indies.

Phil Simmons

Trinidadian Simmons, who has led the Irish since 2007, is believed to have interviewed for the job before the World Cup.

Big turnout in Enniskillen:

Julian Fowler


About 1,500 took part in the largest St Patrick's Day parade Enniskillen has seen in recent years - all organised by a group of volunteers.


Blue and green:

BBC News NI reporter Ciara Riddell wasn't blue to run into singer Simon Webbe in Belfast city centre earlier.

Simon Webbe

The pop star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist performed as part of the St Patrick's Day festival.

Belfast celebrates:

Dancers, drummers, and giant heads - Belfast had them all during its St Patrick's Day celebrations today.

St Patrick's Collage

Clinton hails women's role in peace process

Former US secretary of state

Hillary Rodham Clinton has praised the role of women in cementing the Northern Ireland peace process.

Hillary Clinton

Speaking in New York at her induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame, she said she was accepting the honour "on behalf of all the remarkable women that I met and admired in Northern Ireland".

Slaughtneil trail at half-time:

BBC Sport NI

It's been a feast of sport so far today and it's not over yet, with Slaughtneil playing in the All-Ireland Club Final in Croke Park.


Unfortunately at half-time the Derry men have a mountain to climb - at half-time they find themselves

1-08 to 0-03 to Corofin.

RBAI win Schools' Cup:

BBC Sport NI

RBAI have won the 2015 Schools' Cup by beating Wallace by 14-10.


Wallace looked to have the upper-hand after a try by Max Trouton in the second half. But RBAI hit back through a Jack Conlin score, converted by TJ Morris. Despite late pressure by Wallace, RBAI held on to secure the title.

Union flag burnt in city centre:

A union flag was burnt by youths on Donegall Place in Belfast earlier during a flag protest held at City Hall.

Flag burnt


12-year-old girl was taken to hospital after being struck by a missile during minor trouble. Police say they are monitoring the area.

Final minutes at Ravenhill:

BBC Sport NI

Seven minutes to go in the Schools' Cup and RBAI lead by 14-10 but Wallace are putting the pressure on.

Schools' Cup

Can RBAI hang on? Watch live on BBC Two NI or


Derry St Patrick's Day:

Keiron Tourish


Londonderry's St Patrick's Day parade featured a host of sights, including animals of all shapes and sizes.

Derry St Patrick's Day

Girl taken to hospital:

Police say a young girl has been taken to hospital after being struck by a missile near Castle Junction in Belfast city centre. Isolated incidents of missiles being thrown have been reported.

A man in his 30s has been arrested for disorderly behaviour at Donegall Square North. Police say they are monitoring crowds that have gathered in the area.

'Orange isn't welcome':

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

US vice-president Joe Biden may have caused bit of a stir with his colourful comments on RTÉ News earlier.

Joe Biden

"Anyone wearing orange isn't welcome...only joking," he said, while being filmed welcoming Irish prime minister Enda Kenny to his home this morning.

RBAI lead at half-time:

Half-time in the a tense Schools' Cup final and RBAI lead Wallace 7-5.

Schools' Cup

A try by Connor Guiney put Wallace in front, but late in the half Lewis McNamara touched down for RBAI and his effort was converted by TJ Morris.

Flag protest at City Hall:

Loyalists have begun a flag protest at City Hall in Belfast.

Flag protest

It's being reported that groups of teenagers are being kept apart on either side of the road at Donegall Place by police.

Friday's eclipse:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: Nowhere in Ireland will experience less than 91% eclipse on Friday. (Source: Irish Astronomical Association)


Archive: Wallace vs RBAI in 2003:

BBC NI Archive

We've already had a feast of schools sport today and now it's the turn of rugby - Wallace against RBAI.

RBAI vs Wallace High
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

To whet the appetite,

here's highlights of the last time the sides met in the final, with RBAI winning
23-10 at Ravenhill in 2003.

Duchess' shamrocks:

The Duchess of Cambridge has

attended the annual Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot.

Duchess of Cambridge
Ministry of Defence

She presented shamrocks to soldiers and to the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot, Domhnall.

School's Cup time:

So far in today's extravaganza of schools sport, Edmund Rice have claimed football honours while

St Patrick's Cavan lifted the MacRory Cup.

School's Cup Rugby
Schools' Cup

Now it's the turn of Wallace and RBAI to clash for the Schools' Cup at Ravenhill. You can watch live on BBC Two NI or


St Patrick's win MacRory Cup:

BBC Sport NI

St Patrick's Cavan have won the MacRory Cup - they've defeated St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, by 2-12 to 0-08.

St Patrick's Cavan

Two goals in the last ten minutes eased the County Cavan school to victory.

St Patrick's past:

BBC NI Archive

St Patrick's Day has been portrayed in as many ways as there are myths about the saint's life and times.

Young woman at Slemish

You can watch three films from the archives depicting places where he is thought to have lived, and looking at how he should be remembered.

Sharing cultures in Omagh:

Julian Fowler


The St Patrick's Day theme in Omagh has been sharing cultures and traditions.

Omagh St Patrick's Day

Cavan hold MacRory advantage:

BBC Sport NI

There are 15 minutes left to play in the MacRory Cup final and St Patrick's Cavan hold the advantage. They lead St Patrick's Academy on a score-line of 0-11 to 0-6.

St Pat's Cavan

Red Arrows display

There will be

a Red Arrows display in Belfast on 5 July to coincide with the Tall Ships' visit to the city.

Red Arrows
Keith Wilson

Fuel laundering crackdown:

The number of fuel laundering sites in Northern Ireland shut down by HMRC has more than doubled in the last five years, new figures show.

fuel plant

Some 38 operations were dismantled in 2013/14 compared to 16 in 2009/10. The number of convictions for fuel fraud in Northern Ireland increased from four in 2010/11 to nine in 2013/14.

Cavan hold half-time lead:

BBC Sport NI

It's half-time in the MacRory Cup final. St Patrick's Cavan hold a narrow 0-6 to 0-4 lead over St Patrick's Academy Dungannon.


Cavan's Thomas Galligan has been the outstanding performer in the first half. You can follow the final on the

Live Coverage tab on BBC News NI Live.

Crowds gathering in Derry:

BBC News NI's Sean O'Halloran

tweets: The Guildhall SQ in #Derry is filling up nicely for #StPatricksDay carnival countdown

Guildhall square

New variety of Bean

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph says that actor

Sean Bean is back in Belfast to film Frankenstein.

Sean Bean on set
Belfast Telegraph

Do you recognise the south Belfast location?

Ten years of Thrones?:

The boss of US television network HBO says

Game of Thrones could last a decade.

Game of Thrones

Michael Lombardo says he would love the show, which is shot partly in Northern Ireland, to last ten years - but that the final say is down to the show's creators.