Adam McBride

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Review: Give My Head Peace Live at Grand Opera House 2024

The enduring satire Give My Head Peace brings its 2024 stage show to Belfast’s iconic Grand Opera House. A fan since childhood, I was eager to see how the television show’s sharp wit would translate to the stage – and it doesn’t disappoint. While the humour is deeply rooted in Northern Irish politics and local […]

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Renewables Experts Everun Turning Tide In Saving Energy

Revolutionary new motor Turntide tackling climate change Renewables experts Everun are bringing a revolutionary new energy technology product to market that will help companies save on costs and help tackle climate change. The Turtide Smart Motor System, developed in California, has been proven to save companies on energy bills and Everun’s Managing Director, Michael Thompson

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Belfast Central Library Steps In To Support Arson Hit Businesses

Libraries NI has provided a creative space for four businesses whose offices were destroyed in the devastating fire in Cathedral Buildings in October 2022. Organised by Damien Corr, BID manager, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) working with Julie Reid Deputy Head of Service, Libraries NI, the library has given the space free for a

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Ulster University Announces Programme To Mark The 25th Anniversary Of The Belfast Good Friday Agreement

Year-long arts programme leads the activity to commemorate the pivotal moment in time, 25 years ago and includes new, exclusive commissions 25@25: a new leadership programme will be launched to support and develop 25 leaders of tomorrow from a host of different sectors Finding your voice – Lyra’s Literary Legacy: a youth project in the Northwest will explore the role of journalism

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Starplan Staff Christmas Party Ends In Sexual Harassment Case

Shirley Lyons, who worked as a designer/sales consultant with Starplan in Portadown from June 2013 until April 2018, has been awarded £18,857 by the Industrial Tribunal following a sexual harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal case. The case was supported by the Equality Commission.   Ms Lyons’ complaints of sexual harassment and victimisation, following events at

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Donaghmore Restaurateur Cooks Up A Storm With Launch Of Successful Cookstown Eatery

Passionate Restaurateur, Rachel Molloy from Donaghmore, fulfilled a lifelong dream by launching her successful local eatery, No.47, in Cookstown thanks to help from the Go For It programme in association with Mid Ulster District Council. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth

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5 Gadgets To Keep The Kids Occupied This Summer

Schools out, and as much as you may wish otherwise it’s impossible to take the kids out every day. There’s a whole lot of adulting still to be done and the weather doesn’t always play nice. This is where gadgets and technology can be our saviour, helping us keep those bored kids’ minds occupied. Here

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Ever Wondered What It Would Feel Like To Be At A Beatles Recording Session?

You think you know the Beatles, but now go one step further than ever before to see what it was like to be IN a Beatles recording session. This is an arena spectacular like no other, an insight into where the Beatles songs actually came from. They evolved in the studio at Abbey Road and

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Young NI Musicians Shortlisted For Prestigious Award

Three talented young classical musicians from across Northern Ireland have been named as finalists in the national final of Bank of Ireland UK’s Catherine Judge Memorial Award 2016. The Award is part of the bank’s wider schools programme, the most comprehensive of its kind in Northern Ireland and was created as a lasting tribute to

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The best places to celebrate Shakespeare in his anniversary year

William Shakespeare, arguably England’s best–loved playwright, will be commemorated across England this year to mark 400 years since his death in 1616. Here, VisitEngland rounds up some of the best ways to celebrate Shakespeare’s life and works, and where to discover the untold stories of England’s Bard. St Albans Shakespeare Festival (March – June) Held

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4 in 10 Women Rely on Make-Up to Feel More Assertive and Attractive

Millions of British women fear they won’t be taken seriously without wearing make-up, new research reveals. A poll of 2,000 women found nearly a third think others wouldn’t treat them with respect if they went to a meeting, out for a date or to an interview completely bare faced. In fact, the average lady claims

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Jet2holidays – Late Deals

Fancy a break? Jet2.com and Jet2holidays offer the BIGGEST CHOICE of international destinations direct from Belfast International which now gives Northern Ireland holidaymakers no fewer than 17 holiday hotspots to choose from and Jet2 have selected some great late deals for you to choose from. Alcudia, Majorca, 3 star BelleVue Club, 7 nights Self Catering

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Prime Cut Productions Present Patrick Marber’s “After Miss Julie”

Prime Cut Productions are presenting the Irish premiere of a new version of Patrick Marbers’s After Miss Julie; placing the setting within an Irish context for Irish audiences The tour begins with Project Arts Centre Dublin on the 9th March (with previews from 4th March) before it tours for a month long, all-island tour finishing at the MAC

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The first German Bierfest coming to Belfast this May!

Wait no more as the first Bierfest is coming to Custom House Square from 18th – 22nd May. Guests are promised to have amazing experiences about German culture at the center of Belfast. German Bierfest is formed on the concept of a sommerfest or summer fest. Normally, there can be found market stalls, beer garden and various funfair. Introducing the first Bierfest to

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Locally created “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” wins best pre-school series

Lily’s Driftwood Bay, the mixed animation children’s series, has been named Best Pre-School Series at the annual prestigious British Animation Awards in London. The British Animation Awards celebrate the finest quality in animation and the coveted Best Pre-School award was awarded to Lily’s Driftwood Bay, beating off stiff competition from the Clangers, Hey Duggee and over 100 other entries.

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Greggs Finally Opens In Belfast At Boucher Retail Park

Food-on-the-go-retailer, Greggs has opened its first company managed shop at Boucher Retail Park, creating 14 jobs and bringing its much loved product range to one of Belfast’s busiest shopping areas. Greggs arrival was celebrated by local customers eager to purchase one of its iconic favourites and sample the new products on offer. The shop layout aims

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NI offers up egg-ceptional Easter events this year

Northern Ireland is the place to be this Easter for some egg-citing family fun and Tourism Northern Ireland is encouraging people of all ages to get out and about to enjoy the packed programme of events taking place over the holiday. Tourism NI’s Communication and Destination PR Officer, Rachel Quigg, has praised the array of

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64% Of People Will Opt For Granny’s Traditional Recipe This Easter

This Easter the people of Northern Ireland will throw out the celebrity cookbooks they got for Christmas in favour of serving up the family favourite, traditional roast dinner, according to a survey by NI’s favourite butter brand, Golden Cow. Despite the start of 2016 being a bumper time for purchasing Nigella or Heston’s latest tomb,

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Young vocalist, Garbhan McEnoy, swaps his schoolbooks for stardom with Northern Ireland Opera

Talented Methody schoolboy and treble singer, Garbhan McEnoy, aged 11 from Belfast, will perform with award-winning company, Northern Ireland Opera this month, taking  to the stage as ‘Miles’ in Benjamin Britten’s chilling opera, The Turn of The Screw, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Garbhan, who also sings with the choir at St

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