Jonathan Traynor

Northern Ireland journalist. Rock & metal enthusiast and owner of belfastmetalheadsreunited.blogspot.com.

Fresh, Fun Seafood For Belfast City At Prawnagraphic

New brand for Hill Street dining as Grill gives way to Cali-styled seafood eaterie A new seafood restaurant is set to open its doors in Belfast’s iconic Hill Street later this week. Prawnagraphic will open its doors in the historic Cathedral Quarter on May 27, as the new brand from Made In Belfast owner, Emma

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Better Food, Better Mood From New Healthy Snack Company Benergy

New healthy snack company, Benergy, has a mission statement Food Impacts Mood, as they deliver a range of healthy snack options including breakfast pots that are all plant-based. Available online, in selected gyms and shops, Benergy’s founders Ben Cochrane and Jessica Thompson, looked at their own lifestyles for two years and realised they needed to

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Now Is The Time To Think About Re-structuring Your Business

Human resources and recruitment consultancy People HQ has said that now is the time to begin restructuring businesses, as the pandemic has provided an opportunity to consider what changes are needed going forward. Greg Quinn of People HQ said that when looking at restructuring it is important to seek proper professional support. “The current business

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Pictured is: Helen Setterfield, chair, OG Cancer NI outside the Cancer Centre at the Belfast City Hospital ahead of the launch of the OG Cancer 2021 Catch It Early campaign which is encouraging people to look for the signs of oesophageal-gastric cancers. More info at https://ogcancerni.com Photo by Francine Montgomery / Excalibur Press For more information contact publicist Tina Calder, Excalibur Press, tina@excaliburpress.co.uk, 07305354209. Alternatively contact publicity assistant Hannah Chambers at publicity@excaliburpress.co.uk

Survivor’s story – how a fight with cancer turned Helen into a campaigner for those with Oesophageal and Stomach cancer

In Northern Ireland there are more than 400 people diagnosed with oesophageal or gastric cancers every year, and as charity OG Cancer NI undertakes its annual awareness campaign to make sure people are aware of the symptoms Chair, Helen Setterfield has a personal reason behind her involvement. The above figure was pre-Covid, and due to

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Demand For Hospitality Jobs Set To Soar Says Top Recruitment Agency

Leading recruitment specialists Tyson Wilson Recruitment has warned that demand for jobs in the hospitality sector is set to soar with the date for the return to full opening coming in three weeks. Darren White of Tyson Wilson said that many businesses have persevered throughout the lockdowns and now, after many false starts, it is

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Belfast 247 Presenters Chris Hughes, Robin Elliott, Pauline Carville, Paddy Boyd, Daniel May & Kenny Tosh

New Belfast Radio Station Launches With Strong Local Focus

New radio station, Belfast 247, launches on Monday, May 10, at 10am, with a strong emphasis on local voices, local artists, as well as all the best hits to fill your day. Broadcasting online, via the station app on Apple and Google, on smart speakers and later on this year broadcasting on the digital DAB

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Trucker Diablo kicking ass and taking names on Tail End of A Hurricane

If there is one thing certain in these uncertain times it is the fact that the Big Truck Keeps on Rolling as Trucker Diablo look at the pandemic and state that no matter what, quality hard and heavy music provides the pulse and heartbeat we all need. The pandemic put paid to plans to release

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Fury and anger wrapped in ‘hybrid’ metal from Machina Kore

In a world gone mad, where certainties are now uncertain, and the music is reduced to live streams there is no better time to have a band challenge the norm and raise questions. Machina Kore release their new EP, Blood in Code, on May 7th, and it should be embraced and cherished. The four tracks

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CATCH It ​Early Campaign Launched By OG Cancer NI To Encourage Early Diagnosis

Northern Ireland charity OG Cancer NI today warned people with symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancer to contact their doctor as soon as possible as they launch their “Catch It Early” 2021 awareness campaign. More than 400 people per year were diagnosed with oesophageal and stomach cancer each year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and

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Broadcast Channels Unveiled For St Patrick’s Day Live From Sailortown

Sailortown’s St Patricks’ Day show will be live streamed across eight online platforms, from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and NVTV, from 2pm to 9pm from St Joseph’s Chapel. With a packed schedule of music, dance and art it represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the Patron Saint as well pay tribute to the work to restore

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New Human Resources & Recruitment Consultancy Settles Into Ards HQ

Human resources specialist consultancy, People HQ, has opened new offices in the heart of Newtownards to further advance the business ambitions of its clients. Founder, Greg Quinn, said the opening of the new office represented the latest stage of the evolution of People HQ and its range of services. “When I created People HQ in

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Singer songwriter Amanda St John

Full Line-up Released St Patrick’s Day Live From Sailortown

The line-up has been revealed for a packed seven hours of entertainment live streamed on St Patrick’s Day from 2pm celebrating cultural and historical heritage of Belfast’s Sailortown. After years of restoration St Joseph’s Chapel has been transformed to a community hub that will host the event on March 17 from 2pm to 9pm. Project

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Dr Adam Hunniford, founder of PiP Chemicals inside PiP Chemicals in Newtownards, Co Down

Leading Chemical Company Warns Of Need For Biocide Certification

A Northern Ireland company has warned that substandard and noncompliant biocidal products are being sold as hand sanitisers, resulting in the potential of harm. PiP Chemicals, based in Newtownards, produces scientifically proven and regulatory compliant sanitising products to industry, and makes sure that all its products meet high certification standards. Founder, Dr Adam Hunniford said

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Sailortown Regeneration Presents 8 Hours Of Entertainment For St Patrick’s Day Online Live Stream

The rich cultural and historical heritage of Belfast’s Sailortown will be celebrated on St Patrick’s Day with an eight-hour live streamed event from the iconic St Joseph’s Church featuring music, dancing, storytelling and art. After years of restoration the ‘sailor’s church’ has been transformed to a community hub that will host the event on March

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Belfast Photo Festival open submission launched

With the continuing success of Belfast Photo Festival, 2021 will see photographers offered the chance to compete to win a host of prizes, awards and benefits. From exhibiting in the main gallery, alongside world renowned photographers, through to seeing their work taken on tour to be exhibited at the 2022 Photo Schwiez (Zurich, Switzerland. A

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Northern Ireland’s Oldest Cinema Turns 85 With The Launch Of ‘Strand Stories’

Northern Ireland’s oldest cinema building is celebrating its 85th birthday. The Strand in East Belfast was opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sir Crawford McCullagh, on 7th December 1935. Since then, three or four generations of the same families have been through its doors. This week also sees the launch of ‘Strand Stories’, a

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Snow Water Presents Under A Christmas Sky

Under a Christmas Sky features Northern Ireland’s finest musicians, actors, poetry and story-telling, filmed live at the Ulster Folk Museum. From traditional to contemporary everything you will see and hear has one thing in common. The…magic…of…Christmas! Snow Water (the creators and curators of Distant Sky) are bringing you one cultural treat per day from 10th

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Pop Up Exhibition Brings Online Into The Real World

Gallery 545’s Group Exhibition is moving from the virtual world to become a three-day pop-up at its Blick Studios on Belfast’s Malone Road from December 18-20. The show was previously available only online, but now visitors can enjoy it in person and view unique artworks created by several accomplished artists living and working in Northern

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Northern Ireland Opera and Friends Present At Home for Christmas

Northern Ireland Opera and friends are putting on two special YouTube shows over the festive season to bring season cheer to your home. On December 18 NI Opera will join the Ulster Orchestra to perform The Magic of Christmas, and on December 23 Mary McCabe will represent the Associate Artists in Snow Water’s advent series,

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Poetry, Music And Art To Celebrate International Migrants Day

Quotidian Word On the Street, is bringing together seven artists for an online event to celebrate International Migrants Day. Entitled Sky you are too big #3, it takes place on December 17 at 7pm. It is a free event, but booking is required. The artists taking part are: Siobhan Brown, Wilhelmina Peace, Frederic Huska, Una

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YouTube Star Adam B Shows Support For Bullied Derry Teen

When Northern Ireland YouTube sensation Adam B learned that a local teenager was being bullied at school he leapt into action with a birthday gift of £5,000 worth of tech equipment to help him make more and better videos. Adam B, aka Adam Beales, reached out to 14-year-old Stewart O’Doherty after reading a tweet from

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Final Weeks To Submit Photos Of Home Life During Isolation

December is the last month to submit your photographs documenting life at home during lockdown to Belfast Exposed’s online presentation and future exhibition. Belfast Exposed Photography have been sharing their favourite photographs every day on social media, and we will be producing an exhibition in a gallery to showcase the project. It has already produced

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Dylan & Rory Gallagher-Owned Guitars Head Up Big Guitar Auction

Hundreds of guitars, including a Bob Dylan-owned Fender Stratocaster and a Rory Gallagher-owned Gibson L6S go under the hammer at Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire, UK next week. The Dylan owned Fender Stratocaster dating to 1962 has a striking Gold Sparkle re-finish, that was carried out at the Fender factory in 1991, by then Master Builder

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D/deaf And Disabled Arts Festival Goes Online With Bounce 2020

Charity University of Atypical will bring its annual Bounce event online in a showcase new work by D/deaf and disabled writers, producers, actors, dancers, musicians and directors. D/deaf is the term used for deaf sign language users and the deaf who use hearing aids or lipread. Bounce 2020 will run from December 4-6, and as

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Golden Thread Gallery Launches Buy Local Art Campaign

The Golden Thread Gallery has launched an online platform to showcase the work that local artists have for sale at present. With museums, galleries and shops closed at present and with exhibitions and art fairs cancelled throughout the current crisis the Belfast-based gallery decided that it needed to create a way for artists to be

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Christmas Cheer, Dinner & Song With The Belfast Community Gospel Choir

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir will join diners at the Stormont Hotel on Thursday, December 3 and Friday December 4 for a special show. The choir, renowned for its performances at concerts, civic and charitable events, will perform Christmas favourites for the socially distanced event. A traditional Christmas meal with appetisers, roast turkey and all

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NI Festival of Writing To Broadcast This Friday On NVTV & Across Social Media

The Northern Ireland Festival of Writing will be broadcasting over six hours of content throughout the day and night on NVTV this Friday, November 28. Following on from the successful inaugural event in 2019 the festival has launched an online programme of content that will once again encourage and support writers who want to start

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Craigavon Animal Health Business Launches First Charity Calendar

Craigavon business Natural Animal Health has recently launched its first calendar to raise money for two animal charities, the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary and the St James City Farm in Gloucester. “You may be wondering why an animal health business has produced a calendar this year. Well so are we!” commented David Willis, the owner

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603 Adults Waiting More Than A Year For Autism Diagnosis

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, has revealed that more than 603 adults are waiting for over a year for autism diagnosis. Mr Swann was answering an Assembly Written Question from South Down SDLP MLA, Colin McGrath, who also revealed that in total 1,101 were currently waiting for assessment. The Minister also said that a planned

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Meet The Entrepreneur: Meta Auden – Spectra Sensory Clothing

Meta Auden formed Spectra Sensory Clothing to meet the needs for specialist clothing for children and adults on the autistic spectrum.  The mother of two was a welfare rights worker prior to starting her shop. She says she has had a “very varied career path” having gained a degree in Politics and History aged 40,

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Takeaway Association Warns 2,000 Jobs At Risk In Sector Following Latest Lockdown & Calls For Financial Packages To Be Expedited

The Northern Ireland Takeaway Association has warned that up to 2,000 jobs are at risk in the sector with the announcement of the latest raft of lockdown measures. Director, Michael Henderson said that without immediate financial aid up to 25% of takeaways will close. “With the latest restrictions now set to cut well into December

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Takeaway Association Warns 2,000 Jobs At Risk In Sector Following Latest Lockdown & Calls For Financial Packages To Be Expedited

The Northern Ireland Takeaway Association has warned that up to 2,000 jobs are at risk in the sector with the announcement of the latest raft of lockdown measures. Director, Michael Henderson said that without immediate financial aid up to 25% of takeaways will close. “With the latest restrictions now set to cut well into December

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Born To Be Wild…Wild Good At Helping Others

During the lockdown the roar of a motorcycle’s engine signalled a dedicated team of volunteer bikers from across Northern Ireland rode out to help deliver PPE and scrubs to frontline medical staff, prescriptions and vital medication to hospitals. More than 200 riders from the Volunteer Bikers Group (Team VBG) were involved in supporting the team

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Eight Challenging Clifton House Online Events Over Coming Weeks

In the coming weeks Clifton House will be hosting a series of talks that will explore a range of diverse topics that include the role of women in writing history, Christmas in the poor house and the uncomfortable links between Belfast and the slave trade. Below are the events, and tickets are limited for most:

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