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Cracking The Christmas Code: The Ultimate Gift Guide According To 2023 Trends

The holiday season is upon us, and the race to find the perfect Christmas gift is officially on. But fear not, festive shoppers! We’ve delved into the intricate world of gifting preferences based on the latest 2023 study by Zinklar. Brace yourselves for a sleigh-full of insights that will make your present-picking process a breeze. …

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Support Local – Northern Ireland Christmas Gift Guide

‘When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.’ If you’re giving gifts this Christmas, consider the profound impact you could have by supporting small, local businesses based right here in Northern Ireland. We boast a vibrant small business community that includes family-owned businesses, social enterprises, charming boutiques, and …

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4 Tips for Creating The Perfect Home Office

Despite the world returning to regular post-pandemic times and many people are still working from home or making the jump from being employed to working for themselves, in 2022, there were over 340,000 self-employed people in Ireland alone. With working from home still being a popular choice for businesses, it makes sense to have a …

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11 Ways To Build Confidence In Yourself

Boosting your confidence can be beneficial in many ways and requires taking consistent, proactive steps. Beyond feeling good about yourself, boosting your confidence can land you a pay raise at work, open new doors of opportunity, or even give you the courage to ask out your potential soulmate. If you’ve dreamed of being an influencer, …

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Terry Bradley Shines Spotlight On Young Talent With Bradley Art Prize Competition

Renowned artist Terry Bradley has launched the 2024 Bradley Art Prize giving hundreds of budding young artists a new chance to showcase their work in Belfast and Brussels and win a share in a total prize pot worth £4,000 for themselves and their school or college. Following unprecedented success last year and specifically designed to …

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Mallusk Enterprise Park To Transform Into Festive Market To Support Over 20 Local Businesses This Week

An indoor market with over 20 stalls and a pop up Santa’s Grotto will transform the local enterprise agency at Mallusk on Wednesday November 29. The evening event will offer visitors the chance to pick up handmade presents and enjoy a night out supporting the business community in the countdown to Christmas. Hosted and supported by …

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Finnebrogue Jingles All The Way To Asda

Finnebrogue has worked with Asda to produce ten new Christmas products, bringing the total number of listings for the Downpatrick based company to 36, across fresh meat, meat-free, chilled, frozen meat, and party food. The new seasonal products, which are exclusive to Asda and will be available across the retailer’s stores in the UK include Extra …

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All Aboard The Christmas Express With A Personalised NSPCC Letter From Santa

This year, take your little ones on the ‘Christmas Express’ – Santa’s magical flying train, with a personalised NSPCC Letter from Santa. In return for a donation, Santa will write a personalised Christmas letter to your little one featuring enchanting stories and illustrations, and lots of details that only Santa could know – such as …

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House Prices See Slight Rise In October

House prices across the UK experienced a slight rise in October after six months of falls according to the latest set of data released by Halifax. The annual picture shows that over the preceding two months show drops in the selling value of falls, based on mortgages completions, including Northern Ireland. The monthly update from …

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More Than 39,300 Food Parcels Distributed By The Trussell Trust In Northern Ireland As Need Continues To Soar

New figures released by the Trussell Trust reveal that 39,334 emergency food parcels were provided to people between April and September by food banks in the charity’s Northern Ireland-wide network. This is the most parcels that the network has ever distributed at this point in the year and represents a 23% increase from the same …

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Oliver Gunning Receives Inaugural Vision Sports Ireland Education Bursary

Vision Sports Ireland is delighted to announce Oliver Gunning from Ballyclare, County Antrim, as the recipient of the inaugural Education Bursary proudly supported by Mason Hayes & Curran.  Oliver is currently completing his first-year studies in BSc Hons Sport, Physical Education and Professional Education at the University of Stirling. Oliver is aspiring to assist others …

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Giants And Belfast City Airport Unveil Revamped Oversize Baggage Area

The Stena Line Belfast Giants and Belfast City Airport are proud to unveil a newly rebranded Giant Baggage Area. Featuring a number of key individuals from the Giants’ 2022/23 treble-winning roster, including Adam Keefe, Mark Cooper, Tyler Beskorowany, and Mark Garside, the refurbished Giant baggage area accommodates all passengers travelling with large bags. From those travelling with …

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3 Major Reasons Why Male Grooming Is Booming

The male grooming industry has seen a massive boost over the years, especially as research reveals that the modern man is moving away from the traditional stereotypes that have existed for years. As the beauty industry fills this growing need and redefines the modern man’s approach to self-care, finding out what’s behind it is important, …

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Do Not Overlook These Important Exterior Home Maintenance Tasks

Ah, home ownership. It is a lovely thing when everything is working as it should. When things go awry, however, the fun stops right away. There are a couple of important things you can do to keep your home’s exterior in good working order so you can spend less time on emergency repairs and more …

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Pravha Takes The Reins At Down Royal Hospitality Suite

Pravha, a premium and lighter tasting pilsner, and part of the Molson Coors Beverage Company portfolio, has secured naming rights to Down Royal’s hospitality space located on the top floor of the hospitality pavilion in a new sponsorship deal. Described as the ‘best of both worlds’, Pravha is a premium 4%, lighter tasting pilsner, which …

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Almost Two-Thirds Of Local Food Businesses Concerned With Consequences Of Food Safety Breaches

safefood is encouraging small food businesses in Northern Ireland to benefit from its free food safety e-learning tool – safefood for business – as new research shows that nearly two-thirds (64%) of local food enterprises have extreme concerns with the consequences of food safety breaches. The research by safefood, the all-island body responsible for promoting …

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Research Shows Sugar Shrinks The Brain And Messes Up Memory

In the 1980s sugar was thought to give you extra energy. Lucozade, a liquid form of glucose, was advertised as ‘energy for the human race.’ Yet, new studies are showing that too much glucose, and especially fructose, over time starves the brain of energy, leading to both memory loss and brain shrinkage. These two sugars …

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Lisburn Based Mcquillan Companies Unveils 3-Year Partnership With Ulster University Gaelic Academy To Further Advance Education And Sport

Leading Construction and Waste Management business, McQuillan Companies, has announced a new 3-year sponsorship with Ulster University as part of its developing excellence in industry through education and sport. The sponsorship with Ulster running from 2023-2026 will see McQuillan Companies sponsor the Gaelic Academy which is this year celebrating 50 years, supporting its football, hurling, …

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Top Tips On How To Cut Costs, Save Money And Keep Warm This Winter

With the darker nights drawing in and temperatures dropping across the UK, the temptation to flick on the heating and cosy up by the fire has arrived. Despite the new energy price cap leaving some bills to cost less than last year, there are still many ways you can reduce the costs and keep expenditure …

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10 Top Tips For Reducing Your Food Costs This Winter

With the high cost of food a concern for 95% of consumers in Northern Ireland, the Consumer Council has put together some tips to help save you money at each stage of your food shop. “We know from our consumer research that households in Northern Ireland are already changing their shopping, cooking and eating habits, …

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Visit Belfast Kicks Off New Tourism Partnership With Irish Football Association

IFA and Visit Belfast tie up in major drive to promote sports tourism, women’s football and business events The Irish Football Association and Visit Belfast, the city region’s destination marketing and management organisation, have joined forces in a significant strategic partnership designed to maximise the opportunities for sports tourism. The three-year tie-up, which gets under …

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Are You A Good Neighbour? Here Are The Tell Tale Signs You Are!

New research has revealed as many as three quarters of people in the UK (70%) insist their community is closer than it ever has been before. In fact, four in ten (40%) think the cost-of-living crisis has helped bring their community together, while 70% say they have grown closer due to the challenges of the …

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Check Out These Luxury Celebrity Pads For Sale Including Elton John, Travis Kelce & Paul Anka

Ever wonder how the other half live? Check out these sprawling celebrity pads for sale at Top Real Estates: Elton John Is Selling His Huge Atlanta Condo Elton John has been performing in the United States since 1970 when he did his first American concert. Elton eventually became so busy with his music, television, films …

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Christmas Has Arrived At The Middle Aisle In Lidl Northern Ireland

That time of the year is fast approaching when we think about decorating our homes with twinkling lights, wrapping gifts to place under the tree and spending quality time with our families playing board games as Christmas carols play softly in the distance – it really is the most wonderful time of the year. At …

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Deluxe Festive Favourites Landing In Lidl Northern Ireland This Christmas

As the countdown to Christmas begins, excitement builds, and children count down the sleeps until Santa arrives, but for parents and adults alike, preparation is key. For those who like to host, wine and dine guests at this time of the year, Lidl Northern Ireland has a gift for you, as the retailer’s Christmas food …

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Lidl Northern Ireland Launches Its Biggest Ever Ski Range

Despite being an idyllic season with snow-kissed mountain tops and crisp mornings, winter is a time to keep toasty and warm. Whether its adding extra layers for your daily morning commute, spectating a sports game or venturing overseas to the glorious winter ski-resorts, look no further than Lidl Northern Ireland as the retailer launches its …

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Belfast Christmas Market Delighted To Support Lord Mayor’s Charity Kids Together Belfast

As plans are underway for the 18th Belfast Christmas Market, Market Place Europe (operators of the market) are excited to be working closely with the Lord Mayor of Belfast’s chosen charity, Kids Together Belfast, in order to raise awareness and support them in the work they do for children with moderate to severe disabilities. This …

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Legacy Of Friendship Four Set To Continue Into 2024

The Odyssey Trust has announced the continuation of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament into 2024, in conjunction with the official launch of ‘Ring the Bell!’ – a new book centred around the history and legacy of the event. Held annually in Belfast since 2015, the Friendship Four is designed to promote education, …

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Instonians Beds In Home Retailer Harry Corry To Support Rugby Youth Programme

Leading home retailer Harry Corry has joined forces with Instonians Rugby Club, providing top level support for its ‘Rugby for All’ Youth Programme to help support our future All Ireland League, Five Nations and World Cup champions. Harry Corry has been supporting Instonians for over four decades but this latest commitment significantly upweights the retailer’s …

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Consumer Council Issue Advice As SSE Airtricity 7% Price Decrease Comes Into Effect For Electricity

Northern Ireland’s second largest electricity supplier, SSE Airtricity will reduce their standard tariffs by 7% tomorrow (1 November). This will mean savings of around £95 per year for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and savings of around £93 per year for a typical customer with a standard rate keypad meter. Peter …

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Budget Energy Announces An 8% Price Decrease For Electricity

Budget Energy, Northern Ireland’s third largest electricity supplier, has today announced a price decrease of 8% for their domestic electricity customers. This decrease will be effective from 1 December 2023 and will see around £112 savings for a typical customer with a standard rate credit meter and around £110 savings for a typical customer with …

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Here Are 8 Foods You Probably Didn’t Know Counted Towards Your 5-A-Day

Households struggling to hit their five-a-day target, are being given advice on how to meet the daily recommendation with surprising sources of fruit and veg. Health and nutrition experts from Prepped Pots powered by Musclefood.com have revealed a list of unexpected foods that qualify as part of the daily five-a-day intake. Only 27% of adults, aged 19 to …

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Ditch The Dates: Here Are 15 Foods You Can Eat Beyond Their Expiration

As price hikes continue to eat into food shopping budgets, shoppers in Northern Ireland are being advised on the foods they can eat past their expiry date. The team at online retailer MuscleFood as featured on Healthy Shop have revealed 15 commonly bought food items which families should think twice about before throwing away. This comes after …

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The Fitzwilliam Introduces Its 12 Gifts Of Christmas

Christmas always seems to arrive sooner than expected leaving some of us scratching our heads for gift ideas or making a last-minute dash to the shops to purchase something you just know won’t bring any festive cheer. But worry not, as the helpful little elves at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, have gift cards that can …

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