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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 17 March 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Friday
  3. Image: Landmarks across the world go green in 2015 for St Patrick's Day

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from us, folks, on a busy St Patrick's Day around Northern Ireland.

    A dog wearing a green bowtie and a leprechaun-style hat

    Thanks for following the festivities with us, and we'll leave you with this happy hound who looks dog tired after the parade in Armagh earlier!

  2. Banbridge beaming after Burney bounty

    BBC Sport NI

    Banbridge Academy have claimed yet another schools' hockey title, beating Sullivan Upper in a penalty shoot-out in the final of the Burney Cup at Hillsborough.

    Banbridge Academy hockey players celebrate after winning the Burney Cup

    Jake Rowe put Banbridge ahead before John Matchett equalised as the game ended 1-1, but the boys in red prevailed on penalty strokes.

  3. Snake invasion!

    Where's St Patrick when you need him? This slippery character was caught slithering about Belfast's Custom House Square earlier during the parade.

    A large snake float at the St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast

    Well, thankfully Paddy wasn't too far behind and was able to banish the fierce fanged foe to hiss-tory.

  4. On a roll for St Patrick's Day in Dublin

    Police in Dublin have been keeping an eye on the city's St Patrick's Day festivities by patrolling the parade route on segways.

    Irish police on segways on the St Patrick's Day parade route in Dublin
    The St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin

    Thousands of people gathered as dancers, musicians and colourful floats took to the streets of the Irish capital.

  5. University staff to spend night in Holyland

    About 20 staff from Queen’s and Ulster universities have spent the day in Belfast's Holyland and will remain there tonight.

    A police Land Rover patrols in Belfast's Holyland

    Last year, Queen's disciplined 82 students after St Patrick's Day, giving out fines totalling £5,210. Ulster University disciplined 84 students, with some being fined between £50 and £100.

  6. Murdered officer 'a gentle giant'

    A lifelong friend of Adrian Ismay says the murdered prison officer's family have "a big sorrow in their heart".

    Adrian Ismay

    Ian Simpson of the Prison Service Benevolent Fund was speaking on behalf of the wife and three daughters of Mr Ismay, who died on Tuesday. "A wonderful husband, a loving father, a friendly, gentle grandfather has been taken out of all of our lives," he said. 

  7. St Patrick's Day, samba-style

    Julian Fowler

    BBC News NI

    It's not Brazil... it's Enniskillen. The Fermanagh town's St Patrick's Day parade had a mardi gras theme with sounds of samba in the street.

    The St Patrick's Day parade in Enniskillen
    The St Patrick's Day parade in Enniskillen

    The weather was truly South American and many people gathered as the colourful spectacle made its way through the town... although one vintage car needed a helping hand to get up the hill.

  8. Adams calls for US security review

    Gerry Adams has said he wants a review of security arrangements for Sinn Féin members visiting the US after he was unable to enter the White House for an event hosted by President Obama on Wednesday.

    Sinn Féin president Gerry Adama

    Just before taking part in today's St Patrick's Day parade in New York, the Sinn Féin president added that he wanted a "full normalisation of relations" between his party and the US authorities.

  9. Police 'concern' over more Holyland trouble

    Police are "concerned" that more trouble might break out in Belfast's Holyland tonight.

    "We're dealing with people who are abusing alcohol and then abusing the community within which they live," Ch Supt Chris Noble told Evening Extra.

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    "What young people do could have a life-changing effect for them in terms of their education and their employment."

    Three men have been charged over disorder in the area in early hours of this morning.

  10. MacRory Cup magic from St Pat's Maghera

    BBC Sport NI

    It was all too easy for St Pat's Maghera in the MacRory Cup final earlier as a four-goal blitz in the opening 18 minutes helped them past St Paul's Bessbrook.

    MacRory Cup

    It was a third MacRory triumph for the Derry school in four years, their 15th in total.

  11. Crowds gathering in Belfast's Holyland

    Tune in to Evening Extra on BBC Radio Ulster now for the latest on last night's disorder from Belfast's Holyland.

    Crowds of people in Belfast's Holyland

    Crowds are gathering again and BBC News NI reporter Louise Cullen will be live from the area.

  12. Racing: Irish luck runs out at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport NI

    The Irish clean sweep at Cheltenham has been broken, as Thistlecrack - the favourite - takes the World Hurdle. 

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    Irish horse Alpha Des Obeaux was runner-up, but St Patrick's Day has its first non-Irish Cheltenham winner.

  13. St Patrick's Day: Revellers enjoy sun and fun in Derry

    The sun is out for Londonderry's St Patrick's Day parade, where the streets are heaving for event.

    Derry St Patrick's Day parade

    Keiron Tourish, BBC News NI's north west reporter, sent us these shots. Wish we were there! 

  14. Police presence in Belfast City Centre

    BBC News NI reporter Louise Cullen is in Belfast City Centre, where there is a large police presence as crowds have gathered around Castle Junction and City Hall.

    Crowds at City Hall

    "There are crowds of young people, many draped in tricolours, in grounds around Castle Junction," she reports. "There is also a small crowd at City Hall opposite a flag protest."

  15. Rugby: RBAI edging Campbell in Schools' Cup final

    BBC Sport NI

    We're into the second half at Ravenhill and RBAI are leading Campbell College 6-3 in a tight game. You can follow all the action on the BBC Sport NI online and on BBC Two Northern Ireland.

    Schools Cup