Erinn Louise Kerr

Magazine journalist, reporter and feature writer based in Northern Ireland.
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Eye contact experiment brings strangers together

How often do we really look into someone's eyes? We share quick glances with strangers in the street and look lovingly at friends and family, but how often do we hold their gaze for longer than a few seconds? Not often enough says Nuala McKeever, who calls herself a happiness teacher. Nuala believes eye contact could help us reconnect with each other in a powerful and spiritual way, and the 40-year-old knows a thing or two about the human spirit. After leaving a high-pressured job in the fin
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Woman meets surgeon who saved her life with pioneering operation

A young woman who was "sent home to die" as a baby has met the surgeon who saved her life. Amy Patterson, 21, was 18 months old when staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast told her parents a tumour on her spine was incurable. But they later discovered a surgeon at Birmingham Children's Hospital who agreed to carry out a pioneering operation. And 20 years on, doctor and patient have come face-to-face. After a short stay at the Royal as a toddler, Amy was taken back to her home in Lim
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Domestic abuse: Men 'need more help', victims' organisation says

An organisation that provides help for male victims of domestic abuse has seen an increase in people coming to them for help. The Men's Advisory Project said it supported 536 clients in 2015 compared to 294 in 2013. But while victims often suffer similar hardship, it said the services available for men in Northern Ireland are less extensive than for women. One man who knows how difficult it can be to get help is Paul. Paul, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, walked away fro
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Portadown mother's warning about underage drinking after daughter hospitalised

A mother whose 13-year-old daughter was found "intoxicated and unresponsive" in the street has shared her story as a warning to other parents. Paula, who did not want to give her surname to protect her daughter Catherine, was at home on a "normal" Saturday afternoon when police called. They said they had found Catherine and taken her to Craigavon Area Hospital. At the time, Paula issued an appeal through a police Facebook page and has now spoken exclusively to the BBC. Paula said she couldn'

Emotional reunion as girl of 12 flies in to surprise her dying dad

A brave 12-year-old girl who flew from Cardiff on her own to surprise her terminally-ill dad at Christmas was among the thousands of emotional passengers who arrived in Belfast yesterday. Karson Turner, whose dad Willie was diagnosed with lung cancer in August this year, was greeted at the airport by two nervous aunts who had not seen the youngster for almost 10 years. Belinda Turner and Susan Quinn, both sisters of Willie, had tears in their eyes as they waited for Karson to come through arri

Family of road accident victim Gerry Kingsbury try to carry on with Christmas - that's what hee'd want party

There will be an empty seat at the Christmas table this year where Gerry Kingsbury would have sat among his four grandchildren and four grown-up children. In years gone by, Gerry would have let the youngsters use his legs as a slide or spent the afternoon singing and dancing, but this year he'll be sorely missed. The 56-year-old was tragically killed when a taxi hit him as he walked home from his work's Christmas do on Friday night at about 2.30am. The devastated driver was a friend of the fam

There isn't a day goes by I don't think of Adam and sometimes I set out an extra plate, or call him in for his dinner

A heartbroken mother will today return to the scene of the crash that took the life of her eight-year-old son, one year on from the tragedy. Sarah Hanna (33) has not been able to face going back to the road where her son Adam was killed, since his death on this day last year. But she hopes that the sad anniversary will mark a turning point for the family and that going to the place where he died will help her to begin to come to terms with her terrible loss. Sarah was walking six of her nine

Charlene Campbell's grieving family vow to raise £10,000 for charity in tribute to mum and baby they lost to cancer

The family of a young woman and her baby daughter who both died of cancer within five years of each other have pledged to raise £10,000 in their memory. Charlene Campbell (33) lost her short battle with cancer in October, five years after her daughter, Myla, who died aged 12 months and 12 days, passed away in her arms. Little Myla was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive rhabdoid tumour when she was just days old and underwent a raft of treatment including chemotherapy. Charlene's aunt, Liz
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Eye contact experiment brings strangers together

How often do we really look into someone's eyes? We share quick glances with strangers in the street and look lovingly at friends and family, but how often do we hold their gaze for longer than a few seconds? Not often enough says Nuala McKeever, who calls herself a happiness teacher. Nuala believes eye contact could help us reconnect with each other in a powerful and spiritual way, and the 40-year-old knows a thing or two about the human spirit. After leaving a high-pressured job in the fin

Sent home to die from a tumour as a baby, Amy celebrates her 21st birthday

A mother whose daughter was "sent home to die" as a baby has celebrated her 21st birthday by publicly thanking the surgeons who saved her life. Amy Patterson, from Limavady, was a perfectly healthy and happy baby before developing a deadly tumour at just 16 months old. But after a stay in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital back in 1996, Hazel and her husband Trevor were told their daughter's illness was incurable. Hazel (48), told the Belfast Telegraph: "Amy was sent home to die. "It was hear

The girlfriend who refused to give up on fiancé Mark after fall left him paralysed

The girlfriend of blind adventurer Mark Pollock has told how he tried to split up with her as he lay in intensive care in hospital after breaking his back in a devastating fall. But Simone George refused to give up on Mark, who was left paralysed and whose inspirational story has now been made into a film. She was just four weeks away from her wedding day when she got a call telling her that her fiancé Mark, who lost his sight aged 22, had been badly hurt in the fall. When the call came there

Arlene Arkinson's murderer Howard takes his secrets to the grave

Child killer Robert Howard, the only suspect in the murder of Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson, has died - taking his chilling secrets to the grave. Howard was the last person to see the young girl alive when he offered her a lift home from a disco in Co Donegal in August 1994. The 71-year-old, who was one of the most notorious and prolific sexual predators in the UK and Ireland, died in prison on Friday night, where he was serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of another schoolgi

Bride counts her blessings as father who was given last rites two weeks ago walks her up the aisle

A bride whose father was given the last rites when he collapsed from a heart attack two weeks before her wedding has said she would have refused to walk down the aisle without him. Paddy Watson was watching son Liam play in the Antrim hurling semi-final between Loughgiel and Cushendall on September 13 when he began to feel unwell. The 55-year-old told the Belfast Telegraph he was feeling weak shortly before the second half of the game in Dunloy. Paddy collapsed with the coronary just a few mi

Jeremy Corbyn under fire for trying to block extradition of known IRA man

Jeremy Corbyn tried to stop a known IRA man from facing trial in the United Kingdom following the Hyde Park bombing, it has been revealed. The Labour leader reportedly put his name to a letter urging the Irish people not to surrender Dessie Ellis in 1990. Mr Corbyn warned that Ellis, who was later elected to the Dail to represent Sinn Fein, could not be given a fair hearing in the UK because he was being tried for "politically motivated offences". Ellis had already served seven years in an Ir

Ian Paisley battled back from death's door, son tells MPs

Ian Paisley welcomed Parliament's rejection of a law to allow assisted dying and has revealed how his own father battled back from a life-threatening illness. The DUP MP shared a personal story about the former First Minister's fight for life during the five-hour debate on Friday. Speaking at Westminster, Mr Paisley said he wanted Parliament to pass laws that gave people a "reason to live", not laws which "facilitated dying". During his emotional speech, Mr Paisley explained how medical staff

Woman left fighting for life after car smash in Northern Ireland

A woman in her 20s who was seriously injured in a road accident in Co Antrim was last night fighting for her life in hospital. The woman, who has been named locally as 27-year-old Lisa McAuley from Cushendall, was travelling along the Glenravel Road towards Glenariff when her car left the road. The single-vehicle crash happened near Cargan just before 5pm on Saturday. The woman was taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment, but has since been moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Family in shock at crash death of student Danica Nugent 'who had the whole world at her feet'

A 23-year-old student who was killed in a car crash at the weekend has been described "a bright light" in the lives of her family. Danica Nugent died in a one-vehicle collision on the Newry Road, near Crossmaglen, early yesterday morning. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences following the incident. Danica leaves behind brothers Matthew and Ethan, her parents Damian and Siobhan, grandparents Mary and Eugene Riley and Peggy Nugent as well as uncles, aunts

Couple who were told to fear the worst for their babies welcome 'little miracle' triplets into world

A young mum who was on the pill when she found out she was pregnant has given birth to healthy triplet girls, despite being told to prepare for the worst. Sarah McCrory and her husband Conor found out they were having three babies on a Friday the 13th but far from feeling unlucky the happy couple celebrated the news of their "little miracles". The pair, who were married in 2013, intended to have children together in the future, but were not trying when Sarah fell pregnant. She said: "I woke u

Oliver Dickey walking on air with birthday trip to Legoland

Little Oliver Dickey, who took his first steps in February after a pioneering operation in the US, has had his birthday wish granted by a children's charity. The youngster celebrated turning seven yesterday at Legoland in Windsor thanks to the Starlight Foundation, which helps make dreams come true for ill children. Oliver's mum, Charlene (29), told the Belfast Telegraph the real miracle was that the family were able to go without a wheelchair. She said: "I can't believe the difference in my

Sister's prayers after GAA star's goalpost injury

The sister of injured GAA player Ronan Clarke has spoken of how difficult it has been for her to see her little brother in intensive care. The 32-year-old suffered a serious head injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship on Saturday. He collided with a goalpost at speed during the game and was rushed to intensive care at Craigavon Hospital. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph from hospital yesterday, Sinead Curry said that it was "very difficult" to see
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