Jessikah Hope Stenson

A young, enthusiastic writer who appreciates a good scone.

The Ultimate NI Festival Guide: 24 Festivals To Check Out This Summer

This summer there’s a whole load of festivals you’ll be wanting to attend, with some of the biggest names in music travelling over to Northern Ireland to put on incredible shows. For fans of all genres, these festivals will brighten up the summer, whether the sun is out or not! Here are 24 to check

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Loads Of Amazing Birthday Cakes You Can Buy In Belfast

What makes a special day even more special? Cake, of course! With so many beautiful cakes on the market these days we’re often spoilt for choice. But if you’re looking for a cake that has that extra wow-factor, such as something personal to your loved one, it can be hard to find. Carly Curley of

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11 Awesome Songs You’ll Hear At Tennent’s Vital 2016

TENNENT’S VITAL is one of Northern Ireland’s favourite music festivals and has hosted huge names such as Snow Patrol, Eminem, The Killers, Foo Fighters, The Stone Roses and The Script. Starting in 2002, the festival continues to showcases a wide variety of music from pop and rock, to rap and indie, whilst bringing some of the

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Meet Kathy Dickie: Owner And Founder Of Angel Cake Bakery

Born and bred in Coleraine, mum of two Kathy Dickie founded and manages Angel Cake Bakery which is based in one of West Bann Development’s enterprise units. Located in the Killowen area of Coleraine, West Bann recently won a £20k Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities funding award to help them implement an extensive employability and

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Craft Month

Renowned Potter Returns Home For Craft Month

Celebrated Northern Irish potter Jack Doherty will return to Northern Ireland to open August Craft Month 2016 with a major new exhibition on 28th July. Doherty, who has forged a remarkable international reputation from his home in Cornwall, is back in Northern Ireland with ‘Waypoint’ his outstanding solo exhibition at the Market Place Gallery, Armagh.

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Must See Museums

The Ulster American Folk Park, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and Ulster Museum are hosting an array of interesting exhibits and events throughout the summer to recognise historical anniversaries amongst other celebrations. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America. Showing authentic Ulster cottages

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Eel-Eat Inaugural Restaurant Week

This summer the first ever restaurant week aimed at celebrating Lough Neagh Eel will run from Saturday 25 June to Saturday 2 July. Lough Neagh Eels have been awarded for their heritage, tradition and authenticity and the inaugural ‘Eel-Eat’ week will culminate in the third annual River to Lough Festival. The elite of Northern Ireland restaurants have signed

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NI’s Top Tribute Stars Get Ready To Rock The Castle This July

Dolly’s Rockin Country Club presents the tribute party of the year at ROCK THE CASTLE at the Dalriada Festival this July. On July 17 Glenarm Castle in Co Antrim will host Northern Ireland’s top tribute acts as part of Dalriada Festival at the Rock The Castle show. Acts including Glamslam, Qthe Quo and Dolly’s Rockin’

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New Cookbook Porridge Is An Aphrodisiac Provides Quick And Easy Recipes That Could Improve Your Health

Roisin Armstrong, a Northern Irish Kinesiologist, has released her first cookbook Porridge Is An Aphrodisiac. The book showcases delicious, healthy and simple recipes for wholesome dishes. After her own experience with chronic fatigue and stress, Roisin became a food author and natural health practitioner. At her kinesiology practice, Roisin helps people deal with food intolerances. Roisin

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What Makes Northern Ireland’s Food And Drink So Special?

As part of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 Michelin starred restaurateur, Michael Deane has been speaking out about the excellent local produce in Northern Ireland. Michael Deane said: “Northern Ireland’s produce is exceptional and I cannot speak highly enough about it.  As restaurateurs it is thrilling to know that we have world

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Meet Northern Ireland’s Fastest Growing Healthfood Company: Squeeze Wheatgrass

Artisan health company Squeeze Wheatgrass is helping consumers over Northern Ireland eat cleanly. As more and more people wish to improve their health, there’s been a boom in healthy eating and the consumption of superfoods. Even better, you can find it at your local Tesco.   When Jacquelyn Stewart was diagnosed with skin cancer, she

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Twilight At The Trust

Music Box Presents: Peter Corry’s Twilight At The Trust

Peter Corry and The Music Box, in association with The National Trust, will present a unique evening of entertainment in the stunning setting of Mount Stewart in County Down later this month. This one-off event, set in the picturesque surroundings of the 19th century house and gardens, will combine a number of intimate performances throughout

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Eating Locally Can Prevent Food Allergies

A Northern Ireland food allergies expert has revealed that eating local food not only tastes good but can help prevent illness and intolerance Kinesiologist Roisin Armstrong said that by committing to buying and cooking local food we are ensuring our bodies are getting the right food at the right time. “Eating local food is so

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Rock-N-Roll Psyche Nurse Simon Murphy To Take On America

A BELFAST law student turned psychiatric nurse has been given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take his music to Nashville. Simon Murphy, who despite having a law degree has been working with mentally ill patients for the last nine years has plenty to celebrate. Last year he was the winner of Belfast music shop Dawson’s song-writing

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Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland Hold A Successful Event Opposing PACE Trial

HOPE 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland fought the PACE trial in a recent event in Belfast, saying that biomedical studies – not biopsychosocial – should be the leading principle in research towards recovery. ME, a neurological disorder, causes immense suffering among patients. In the road for recovery, only two forms of therapy are recommended

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The Scandal Of The £5M PACE Trial For ME: What Can Be Done?

Over 11,000 ME/CFS patients have signed a petition calling for an independent review of the PACE Trial. The PACE Trial is a £5 million study promoting the view that ME/CFS patients can recover if they increase their physical activity, claiming that “fear of activity” has fierce negative impact on patients. However, there’s plenty of evidence

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Q&A: Author Jim McComish Tells Us About His New Book The Reluctant Rapparee

JIM McComish has always been interested in cultural heritage and his debut novel The Reluctant Rapparee aims to transport readers into 16th – 17th Century Ireland. He took a break from writing his second book to answer a few questions… Where did the idea for The Reluctant Rapparee come from and how did this idea

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Want To Find A Zest For Life This Spring, Here’s How

IN the New Year many people are trying to reinvent themselves and improve their lives in some form, with the most obvious and important aspect being their health. While dry January and other detoxes can leave you feeling healthier and happier in a physical sense, self-development courses can give provide the mental and emotional boost

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10 Secrets Of Short Story Writing To Help You Craft The Perfect Tale

IN recent years the revival of the short story has had many writers eagerly turning to their keyboards. But writing a short story is harder than it seems and can be a frustrating experience. While a short story seems to be the easy alternative of writing a novel, don’t be mistaken. Packing in all of the

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New Parents Spend Less Time Together But Have More Sex

NEW parents have less quality time together, go on fewer date nights, say ‘I love you’ less often than before they had children and experience fewer romantic gestures. A study commissioned by Care.com earlier this year looked at 2,000 people from around the UK in relationships, including 1,000 parents of children under seven. In Northern Ireland

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Do You Have An Embarrassing Child?

THE average child will embarrass their mum and dad a staggering 576 times during their school years. Kids making inappropriate comments, repeating swear words and commenting on their parents’ size will lead to frequent red faces. A survey of 2,000 parents by George at Asda earlier this year revealed some awful moment for parents:  1.

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Everything You NEED To Know About Sweeties…Yum Yum

CONFECTIONERY historian Tim Richardson has created a timeline to show how our love of sweets has developed over the centuries. He said: “Throughout history, many sweets have maintained their allure and popularity because they have kept up with the latest taste trends while fitting in with changing lifestyles. The nostalgia value of sweets has always been there

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How To Get Your Teen’s Bedroom To Smell Nicer

PARENTS of teenagers only see them for three hours in every 24 hour period, according to new research. Pringles Candles conducted the study of 1,000 parents and teenagers and discovered that a third of parents say there are some days when their teenager doesn’t leave the comfort of their room in an entire 24 hour period. Four out

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Aer Lingus Welcomes 12 New Recruits for Pilot Cadetship

AER Lingus welcomed its newest group of recruits for the 2016 Cadet Pilot Training Programme recently after receiving over 2,800 applications for 12 available places. This year’s group of twelve recruits hail from Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The cadets will begin a fourteen month training course during January with FTEJerez, a leading flight

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Entrepreneurial Carrickfergus Teen Recognised By Young Enterprise

YOUNG Enterprise presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Erin Tweedie from Downshire School in Carrickfergus, for her dedication to the organisation and for representing Young Enterprise at number of events over the past year. Erin said: “The company programme provided me with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in aspects of business you wouldn’t learn otherwise.

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Surprise Surprise, Research Finds Kids Prefer Playing With The Box On Christmas Day

IT’S a Christmas tale many long-suffering parents of young children will be all too familiar with. You traipse round the shops endlessly searching for this year’s eye-wateringly expensive must-have toy, then head home to painstakingly wrap the gift. And on the big day? It’s ripped open in a frenzy of excitement – and promptly discarded in

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Top Tips For A Cracking Christmas Wedding Proposal

THERE will be more than ‘five gold rings’ being sung about this Christmas – as almost 800,000 Brits are set to propose over yuletide, research has found. The figure came from a study which compiled the ‘rules of engagement’ when popping the question to your other half over the festive period. The poll found that one

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Free Cycle Training For Belfast Health Trust Staff Ahead Of New Belfast Bike Stations

STAFF at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have been given the Christmas gift of on-road cycle training to help them get on their bikes in the New Year. The Public Health Agency (PHA) has funded the cycle training which will be delivered by Sustrans from the end of January as part of the ‘Leading

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