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Coleraine-Based Insurer Introduces Multimillion Pound Exciting Upgrade, Promising A Game-Changing Insurance That’s Faster, Better And Easier For Policyholders

Coleraine-based GetSetGo, the trailblazing car insurance brand by MCL InsureTech Ltd, has introduced a brand refreshment, unveiling a host of innovations aimed at revolutionising the insurance landscape in the process. The refinement of the brand brings forth a rejuvenated website and refreshed social assets, bolstered by the presence of renowned Irish rugby star, Rob Kearney, […]

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Wedding Photographer Shares His Top 10 Money-Saving Tips For 2024

The allure of extravagant wedding celebrations and opulent ceremonies often overshadows a less glamorous reality: the hefty price tag. As the average cost of weddings continues to climb, couples are increasingly feeling the financial strain of planning their dream day. So how can you create a gorgeous celebration without breaking the bank? Kris Labang, the

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Rural Support Awarded Brendan Bonner Prize For Innovation On Helplines Awareness Day

Helplines NI, a network of telephone and online support services funded by the Public Health Agency has awarded the Rural Support Helpline its Brendan Bonner Award for Innovation, at its eighth annual Helplines Awareness Day on March 20th. This event aimed to spotlight the crucial services provided by helplines across Northern Ireland, underscored by the

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£16.3 Million Investment In Artificial Intelligence Collaboration Centre

Invest Northern Ireland and the Department for the Economy have announced a £16.3 million investment in a new state of the art Artificial Intelligence Collaboration Centre (AICC), to be based at Ulster University in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre will focus on increasing business awareness and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to

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Game Report: Giants Secure Place At Playoff Finals Weekend

The Stena Line Belfast Giants secured their place at the 2023/24 Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham after a 1-1 draw with the Coventry Blaze saw Adam Keefe’s side finish 3-2 aggregate winners over the two quarter-final games. FIRST PERIOD A frantic start to the game saw both sides create early

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Action Cancer Launches Brand New Free Schools Hub

Action Cancer has launched a new ‘free to use’ online hub for schools, giving teachers a range of useful resources to educate children about healthy living.  Supported by the charity’s long-term corporate partners and leading convenience retailers, SuperValu and Centra, the hub complements learning in line with primary schools’ curriculum. The Hub contains two programmes,

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Henry Brothers Appointed Onto University Of Manchester Construction Framework

Leading Magherafelt-based contractor Henry Brothers has been appointed onto the University of Manchester Construction Framework for the first time. The company has won four contracts to deliver developments at the university over the past few years and this appointment onto the framework opens up a pipeline of future projects. The four-year framework is for schemes

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McKeever Hotel Group invests £1million in Dunsilly Hotel

Leading hospitality group, McKeever Hotels, has unveiled the results of a £1million investment in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim which includes the upgrade of its 40 bedrooms to better accommodate guests needs.   The investment is part of the Group’s strategic three-year growth plan, which is underpinned by a £3million capital expenditure across the five McKeever Hotels.

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Game Report: Giants Get A Leg Up On Blaze In Playoff Tie

Goals from Oliver Cooper and Ben Lake have given the Stena Line Belfast Giants a one-goal lead heading to the second leg of their Elite League Playoff Quarter-Final against the Coventry Blaze after a 2-1 win in the first leg at The SSE Arena, Belfast. The forwards both struck in the second period which, alongside

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Fibrus Delivers Project Stratum At Full Fibre Speed

More than 74,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland now have access to full fibre broadband following a speedy roll out of Project Stratum by broadband provider, Fibrus. The company is on target to connect 81,000 premises by June 2025, on time and within budget for the project. The local company was awarded the Government

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How To Remove Yellow Stains From Pillows And Bedding

Homeowners are being told of simple hacks to remove embarrassing yellow stains from their pillows and bedding. The bedroom experts at Winstons Beds have revealed seven simple tips for removing stubborn yellow stains to make the bed fresh and clean to sleep on. Pillows, bedsheets and mattresses often accumulate yellow marks after a few weeks

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St Vincent De Paul Welcomes Renowned Musician To Centre Stage As Charity Ambassador

In a harmonious fusion of melody and philanthropy, Malachi Cush, the celebrated singer songwriter, has assumed the role of Ambassador for the Northern Region of St Vincent de Paul, an international charity dedicated to alleviating poverty. With a shared commitment to making a positive impact across the Northern Region, this partnership heralds a new era

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The National Theatre’s Multi-Award-Winning Production Of War Horse Comes To The Grand Opera House In February 2025

The National Theatre’s global smash-hit production of War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, will embark on a major 18-month UK Tour and will take to the Grand Opera House stage for its Northern Ireland premiere in February 2025. War Horse will run at the Grand Opera House for two

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United Wines Trio Celebrate A Combined Total Of 60 Years With NI Drinks Firm

Three employees at Craigavon-based drinks firm United Wines have been recognised for their long service, having worked for the company for a combined total of 60 years. Company Accountant Rory Hill from Banbridge, Co Down, and brothers Conor McStravick (Stock Controller) and John McStravick (Goods In Manager) from Aghagallon in Co Antrim, were each presented with a commemorative plaque and a gift

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Ardmore Group To Offer Taste Of Denny To NI Market

Leading creative agency Ardmore Group has been appointed by Irish food giant Denny to help drive the growth of its market presence in Northern Ireland.  Denny has appointed the group, including Ardmore Advertising and LK Communications, to provide a range of services including advertising, event support, PR, and influencer activation.  The appointment further expands Ardmore’s

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Borough Markets: Free Entry, Family Fun And Flavoursome Food

Mark your calendars for a season of family fun, delicious food, and unique crafts! The first of these free markets across five locations across the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough is kicking off in Ballyclare on Saturday 20 April from 11am to 3pm showcasing talented local traders, live music and kid’s activities including a petting farm. Free Entry and Fun for

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Belfast To Welcome Little Amal With Free Family Events This May

Free tickets are now available for a series of free family events in Belfast from 16-19 May to welcome world-renowned creative project ‘Little Amal’ – a signature event in Belfast City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. Little Amal is a striking 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, who represents all children fleeing war, violence and

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Local Automotive Industry Revs Up For Success With Launch Of 2024 Northern Ireland Motor Industry Awards

Leading local motoring businesses and professionals are under starter’s orders with the much-anticipated return of the prestigious Northern Ireland Motor Industry Awards 2024. New and used car dealerships, leasing operations, vehicle maintenance and repair specialists and automotive part suppliers will contest 22 award categories that acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the local automotive industry. Sponsored by Used Cars NI, the Northern

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Ulster Bank Reaffirms Support For Farmers In Lead Up To Balmoral Show

While inflation may have eased in recent months, there are always ongoing issue impacting farm businesses. Currently the main issue is the weather with a continued dry period long over due. Farmers may need additional cash to help them through a prolonged winter and Ulster Bank is here to provide support where it can. That’s

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Exchange Lends A Helping Hand To Start-Ups

Lisburn-based digital accountancy specialist Exchange Accountants has launched a ‘Start-Up Business Package’ (SBP) to provide a much needed ‘helping hand’ to local entrepreneurs on their road to starting up a new business. The launch comes on the back of recent research* by NatWest Group and Beauhurst revealing that Northern Ireland was the fastest-growing region in the UK for newly

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Work Starts On New Lidl Northern Ireland Store In West Belfast

Construction work to create a new, larger and sustainably focused Lidl Northern Ireland supermarket at Stewartstown Road in West Belfast got under way today, spearheading a significant investment and jobs boost for the local area. Lidl Northern Ireland, the region’s fastest-growing supermarket retailer, received planning approval last year from Belfast City Council following an extensive

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Holst Landmark Anniversaries To Be Celebrated In Portaferry

Celebrating 150 years since Holst’s birth and 90 years since his death, the Portico of Ards in Portaferry is delighted to welcome the Kammer Philharmonie Europa in a return visit to its stage in a performance of Holst’s exquisite “Suite for String Orchestra op.29 Nr.2” – the St Paul’s Suite. This world-renowned chamber orchestra continues

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JACE Medical Launches New Private Clinic And Creates 30 New Jobs

Private healthcare provider, JACE Medical, is expanding its offering with the launch of the new JACE Private Clinic, marking a significant investment of £2.5 million into the local community. The new state of the art medical facility, which boasts a team of highly skilled consultants and medical professionals, is set to offer the highest quality private one-day

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NI Men’s Mental Health Charity Receives Asda Foundation Grant

Men’s Minds Matter NI, based in Belfast, has received an Empowering Local Communities grant for £400 by Asda’s charity, the Asda Foundation. Empowering Local Communities is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups, aimed at supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering.

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Classic Car Enthusiasts Gear Up Or Drive It Day At Glenarm Castle In Aid Of Childline

The Ulster Vauxhall Opel Classic Community (UVOCC) is getting set to go the extra mile on Sunday 21 April in the stunning grounds of Glenarm Castle, when they take part in Drive It Day. The Day is an event which was created by the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) as an opportunity for

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NI’s Sporting Titans Deliver A Lidl Boost To 24 Schools With Mental Health Athlete Mentorship Programme

Northern Ireland’s sporting heroes today revealed the list of 24 secondary schools to successfully secure a place on Lidl Northern Ireland’s award-winning Sport for Good programme for the 2023/2024 academic year. More than 1,000 pupils across the region are set to benefit from the programme which will see students participate in a series of dedicated

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New Belfast Maternity Unit Reaches Completion

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has celebrated a significant milestone as Phase B1 of the Belfast Maternity Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, constructed by GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership (GBHP), reached completion and was officially handed over to the Trust. This achievement marks a significant advancement in healthcare infrastructure, promising to enhance the birthing experience

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Hundreds Of NI Companies & Experts Set To Attend National Construction Summit In Dublin

Hundreds of construction companies and experts are set to travel to Dublin next week for the annual National Construction Summit at the Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Taking place on Thursday April 18, the event incorporates a comprehensive programme including a wide array of seminars and free workshops, the National Construction Summit, organised by Premier Publishing

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Four Star Pizza Calls On NI Public To Nominate Their 999 Heroes

Four Star Pizza is calling on the Northern Ireland public to nominate members of the emergency services that they feel have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their job. The ‘call to action’ comes on the back of the popular Irish-owned pizza chain’s sponsorship of the prestigious 999 Hero award at this year’s Spirit of

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Ards Arts Centre Welcomes Exhibitions By Louise French And Keery Irvine

Part by Part, a solo exhibition by Louise French has opened in the Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards. Louise French is a recent graduate of Fine Art Painting from the National Art School, Australia and is interested in the life-cycle of objects. This exhibition presents a series of paintings and assemblages that engage the viewer in

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The Countdown Is On To Ards International Guitar Festival

The Ards International Guitar Festival arrives in Newtownards next week with a fantastic line-up celebrating local and international guitar talent. Featuring everything from classical to rock, the programme promises something for every musical taste. Hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council, the festival runs from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 April. Highlights on this

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Belfast Harbour Welcomes New Pilot Boat Hibernia To Its Marine Fleet

Belfast Harbour has this week taken delivery of its newest vessel, the Pilot Boat Hibernia, which represents a £1.5m investment in its marine fleet. Hibernia will be tasked with transporting pilots to and from ships calling at Belfast as part of the service provided by Belfast Harbour which helps ships safely navigate through the port, to and from

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SheCanCode Launches Power Up Awards to Recognise Women in Technology

To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), SheCanCode, a leading advocate for women and non-binary individuals in the tech industry is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Power Up Awards 2024. These awards are designed to shine a spotlight on undiscovered women in tech who are making significant contributions to the sector and to provide them

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Banbridge Woman Melissa Irvine Transforms Personal Care Experience into Social Work Passion

“I think small things can have the biggest impact on people” For Melissa Irvine, social work has always been a goal. Even when she temporarily took a different path, she knew she wasn’t where she wanted to be. The 30-year-old from Banbridge knew social work was something she admired following her personal experiences. It was

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The POTAYTO To Revolutionise Meal Times

Northern Ireland’s iconic crisp brand, Tayto, is launching a new way to enjoy its iconic Cheese and Onion flavour by introducing the, POTAYTO. The POTAYTO is an ordinary potato that has been given an extraordinary infusion of taste, explained Elly Hunter, Marketing Director, Tayto. Elly said: “In Northern Ireland, we are world famous for our

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