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BBC News NI's website's 30 most read stories of 2014, 21 to 30

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the most read stories of the year written by the BBC News NI team.

The list is in order of the most clicked upon stories of the year up to 31 December 2014, when it was compiled.

21. Bomb set off by wire, police say (15 March)

Image caption The attack happened on the Falls Road in west Belfast

A bomb thought to have been thrown at a police patrol in west Belfast was in fact detonated by a command wire, the PSNI has said.

The bomb had been left in the grounds of the City Cemetery.

A father, his three children and four police officers were caught up in the bomb attack at about 22:30 GMT.

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22. Priest's Hallelujah wows wedding (9 April)

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Media caption Fr Ray Kelly sang a pitch-perfect version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

A priest has stunned wedding guests at the end of a ceremony with a pitch-perfect version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

The video of Fr Ray Kelly's unique version of the often-covered song was filmed at the weekend and has been watched on YouTube more than 2.7 million times in the space of four days.

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23. 'Wee Oscar' dies after cancer battle (9 May)

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Image caption Five-year-old Oscar Knox passed away in May

Oscar Knox, the County Antrim boy whose long battle against an aggressive form of cancer captured the hearts of many people in Northern Ireland, has died.

Oscar, who was five, died after a two-and-a-half year battle with neuroblastoma.

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24. Z Cars actor Jimmy Ellis dies at 82 (9 May)

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Media captionStars of the theatre pay tribute to the Belfast-born actor Jimmy Ellis who died on Saturday at the age of 82

The Belfast-born actor Jimmy Ellis, best known for his roles in Z Cars and alongside a young Kenneth Branagh in BBC Northern Ireland's series of "Billy" plays, has died.

Mr Ellis died from a stroke in Lincoln Hospital, aged 82.

He began his acting career in 1952 at Belfast's Group Theatre before moving to England in the early 1960s.

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25. DJ concert was 'like disaster zone' (7 February)

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Media captionSeveral ambulances were called to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast

More than 100 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases drugs, at a concert in Belfast.

They were attending a DJ Hardwell gig at the Odyssey Arena.

A charity worker who helped to treat people at the scene told the BBC it was "like a disaster zone".

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26. Rare 'goat-sheep' born on Irish farm (2 April)

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Media captionWhat do you get when you cross a sheep and a goat?

A rare, hybrid animal that is part goat and part sheep has been born on a farm in the Republic of Ireland.

The animal, referred to as a geep, was born about two weeks ago on Paddy Murphy's farm in County Kildare.

The unexpected arrival is thought to be the result of mating between a goat and one of the sheep farmer's Cheviot ewes.

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27. McIlroy 'wiped data from devices' (9 December)

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Image caption Rory McIlroy left Horizon Sports Management in 2013 to set up his own management company

A court has been told Rory McIlroy deliberately wiped clean up to eight electronic devices that may have contained important data relating to his legal action against his former management firm.

Their lawyers said the "factory resetting" was also done to the devices of three other key figures in the case, including his father Gerry.

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28. Bus lane woman wants officers sacked (20 March)

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Image caption Bridget Mongan admitted she was drunk at the time and has no memory of the incident but said she cried when she saw the footage of police officers lifting her into a bus lay-by

A Londonderry woman, who was captured on camera being left in a bus lay-by by two police officers while incapacitated, has called for the officers to be sacked.

Bridget Mongan, 23, admits being drunk at the time, but said the officers should have left her on the pavement.

She said she "could've been killed".

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29. Seven-year-old dies after cliff fall (16 June)

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A seven-year-old boy has died after being found at the bottom of cliffs in Ballycastle.

Logan Crawford, from Ballycastle, was missing for at least an hour.

The child is believed to have been playing with friends near a holiday park when he fell from the cliffs.

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30. Letter deal 'flawed but not amnesty' (17 July)

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Image caption John Downey received an assurance he would not face prosecution

Letters issued to republican terrorism suspects - so-called On the Runs - were not an amnesty and the scheme was lawful, a judge has found.

Lady Justice Hallett's review, ordered by PM David Cameron, found "significant systemic failures" in how it operated.

The scheme was made public when the trial collapsed of a man suspected of the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing.

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