This week’s paper

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Carnmoney man injured in violent attack fights deportation from Australia

Ray recovers from stroke to complete 26-mile charity challenge

‘Fantastic achievement’ for locals awarded OBEs in New Year Honours

Car driven at flag protesters during Ballyclare demonstration

Council’s staff sickness record among worst in Northern Ireland

Heartless thief steals from woman as she visits cemetery

Animal rescue centre sees surge in unwanted pets

Mallusk man gears up for mammoth cycle challenge

Carnmoney teen signs up to help deaf children in Sri Lanka

Local twins caught on camera for TinyLife calendar

Chain Reaction’s festive video proves an online hit

In pictures: Glengormley High, Jordanstown School, Ashgrove PS, Glengormley IPS, Tildarg PS, Mayor’s Christmas dinner and more

And in sport...

Comrades look forward to taking on Islandmagee in cup tie

18th Old Boys put five past Bangor

Students sink BRFC Thirds in Crawford Cup

Rathfern suffer shock defeat at Basement

Ballyclare Ladies cruise to victory at The Glade