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Bulk Up Meals On A Budget

Cash strapped shoppers in Northern Ireland are being given advice on how to bulk up meals without breaking the bank. The frugal team at online food retailer MuscleFood.com have put together their tips for making meals stretch further without buying additional costly ingredients. They say adding lentils and oats to mince based dishes are a good way […]

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4 Corners Festival Returns In February 2024 With The Theme ‘OUR STORIES… Towards A Culture Of Hope’

The annual 4 Corners Festival is back for another packed lineup of events next year. The organising committee has announced its dates for 2024 and the theme which will be OUR STORIES…Towards A Culture Of Hope. The festival, which will feature a range of art, music, discussion, sport and faith-inspired events, runs from February 1

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Giants Douse Flames To Start League Campaign With Win

A double from defenceman Jeff Baum helped the Stena Line Belfast Giants kick off their Elite League title defence with a 5-1 win at last season’s runners-up the Guildford Flames on Saturday night. The American blue-liner grabbed two goals which, along with finishes from Ben Lake, Ara Nazarian and Quinn Preston, earned the Giants their

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Jet2.Com And Jet2holidays Launch Biggest Ever Summer Sun Programme For 2025 From Belfast International Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today announced that their biggest ever Summer Sun programme is now on sale for 2025 from Belfast International Airport, offering more seats and choice than ever before. The UK’s largest tour operator and leading leisure airline has put 21 sunshine destinations on sale from Belfast International Airport, making it Jet2.com and

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Giants And Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skate Into New Season

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are proud to continue working in partnership with Dundonald International Ice Bowl for the 2023/24 season. The only Olympic sized public skating rink on the island of Ireland, Dundonald International Ice Bowl first opened its doors in 1986 and offers a range of on and off-ice family-friendly activities, including ice

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Embrace Solitude In Style: Elevating Your Travel Adventures With Extravagant Solo Trips

Embarking on a solo adventure is the ultimate self-indulgence, a luxurious gift you give yourself. When done in style, it offers not just unique experiences but also provides an unparalleled opportunity for self-discovery. Let’s explore some extravagant solo trips that promise to elevate your travel adventures. Go On A Relaxing European River Cruise Cruising along Europe’s

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UK & Ireland Lakes Conference Spotlights Urgency, Innovation, and Collaboration in Lake Protection

The UK & Ireland Lakes Network along with the Seven Lochs Wetland Park project are proud to host the esteemed UK & Ireland Lakes Conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on Wednesday 11 October 2023.  Supported by the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Nature Scotland and generously sponsored by PET Water Solutions and Iolight,

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Vote For Comber In The Retail Ni High Street Hero Awards 2023

Nominations for this year’s High Street Hero Awards, powered by Retail NI, are open until Monday 31 July and the people of Comber are being encouraged to vote for their favourite retailers, to help them win a coveted award. A record 10,000 votes from across Northern Ireland were registered in last year’s competition and there

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NI Opera Announces The Finalists For The 13th Glenarm Festival Of Voice Vocal Competition

Five opera singers selected from applications from across the island of Ireland will be travelling to Glenarm at the end of August for three days of intensive coaching before taking part in an exciting live competition in front of a live audience and jury panel. The evening will be hosted by NI Opera’s Patron, broadcaster

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Armagh Observatory And Planetarium Celebrates PHD Graduation

Leading astronomical research centre, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, announced the graduation of four students from its 3.5-year postgraduate Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research studentship programme in June 2023.   The conclusion of the course saw students Nived Vilangot Nhalil, Pablo Galan de Anta, Christopher Duffy and Kerem Osman Çubuk successfully explain their theses to a panel

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8 out of 10 business leaders Struggle With Communication issues

It’s often overlooked, but a high percentage of business leaders struggle with communication at the leadership level. Strong communication skills are vital for the smooth running of a business. This includes defining team member goals, agreeing business outcomes and improving productivity. Eight out of ten business leaders (84%) feel the downsides of poor communication, leading

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Top 10 Cities With The Most UFO Sightings: Nowhere In NI Makes The List!

Edinburgh, London and Leicester have been confirmed as the UK’s official UFO hotspots, according to research. The study of 2,000 adults found 18 per cent of residents in the Scottish city are convinced they’ve had a legitimate sighting. They are also most likely to believe aliens exist somewhere in the universe, even if they’ve never

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‘Hidden NI’ returns to UTV to Explore more Hidden Gems of Northern Ireland

Hidden NI is back on UTV for a second series, with presenter Sara O’Kane uncovering more of Northern Ireland’s less well known spaces and places. Sara will be swapping her reporter’s jackets for hard hats, safety goggles and lifejackets as she’s travelling across Northern Ireland celebrating our hidden gems,  finding out about places we never

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Ardmore Group Establishes Strategic Advisory And Consultancy Business

Integrated marketing, public relations and eCommerce group Ardmore has launched a new, standalone consultancy as part of its core services. The group, which incorporates creative advertising company Ardmore, public relations specialists LK Communications and eCommerce industry leader Built for Growth (BFG) Digital, and employs over 80 staff, said the new business will support companies and government as

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2022 Boardroom Apprentice Ciara Burch

Going Beyond Expectations: Ciara Burch’s Journey With Boardroom Apprentice

Ciara Burch had long recognised the impact of board involvement throughout her role as a Project Management Consultant at PwC. The Belfast-native previously felt she lacked the experience and knowledge required to sit on a board before the opportunity to gain hands-on experience came along. With a strong desire to better understand the societal needs

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Three Ulster University Academics Recognised Among Ireland’s Leading World Class Researchers

Peace and equality champion, Emeritus Professor Monica McWilliams, one of the world’s top ten coastal management researchers, Professor Andrew Cooper, and Linguistic expert Professor Raffaella Folli have been admitted to the illustrious Royal Irish Academy. Three exceptional Ulster University academics have been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) which has been honouring Ireland’s leading contributors

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TV Chef Andi Oliver Serves Up Culinary Feast With Ulster University Students

Ulster University, in partnership with the Oxford Cultural Collective, staged a Culinary Salon: a series of dinners hosted by some of the UK and Ireland’s most acclaimed and admired chefs and food writers. The events, which are staged in the Academy Restaurant at the Belfast campus, celebrate the cultural diversity that characterises our contemporary hospitality

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Is Getting A Headstart In Business Even Possible?

In life, there are some adages worth living by. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is a good reminder to keep yourself self-reliant, and to never feel entitled to a handout. “There’s no shortcut to business success” is another, an important reminder to really structure your enterprise on the sturdiest foundations you can.

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Lord Mayor Encourages Residents To ‘take 5’ In City Parks

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Tina Black, has visited the recently installed ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ bench in Dunville Park. The blue bench encourages users to focus on their mental and emotional wellbeing and features a QR code directing people to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Minding Your Head website. The initiative is part

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Investigation Report Of Complaints Arising From The High Street Voucher Scheme

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, recently published its investigation report which found that the Department for the Economy failed to comply with specific Equality Scheme commitments in relation to the equality screening of the High Street (Corona Virus, Financial Assistance) Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021(HSS), commonly known as the High Street Voucher scheme. The

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Carnlough School Reaching Out To Families During Financial Crisis

Healthy Heroes Lunch Club among series of initiatives Carnlough Integrated Primary School is reaching out to pupils and their families as the cost-of-living crisis bites, with a series of initiatives to provide support and healthy, curriculum-led options designed to offer practical options. The school has launched its Healthy Heroes Lunch Club with P6 and P7

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YMCA World General Secretary on hand as new strategy launched

A sense of belonging local, national and global – the world needs the YMCA more than ever YMCA’s World General Secretary, Carlos Sanvee, welcomed the new strategic plan for YMCA Ireland that will be based on four values of welcome, opportunity, wellbeing and peace and justice, at a series of events across Ireland with the

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Sam Ryder To Play Belfast’s Ulster Hall March 2023

Sam Ryder set to play Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Friday 17th March. The Tik Tok sensation, best known for his 2022 Eurovision entry Spaceman, will play the venue after a year of colossal success on a global scale. Amidst the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic, Ryder found an outlet that would change his life forever.

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Robert Plant Presents Saving Grace, Featuring Suzi Dian At The Ulster Hall This October

This acoustic collective, curated by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, will play the venue as part of an Irish Tour, starting in Belfast and continuing on throughout the country until their final gig in Dublin. Saving Grace’s unique sound features an accumulation of western influences, paying respect to the blues bands of America, whilst incorporating folk,

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NEARLY HALF OF NORTHERN IRELAND ADULTS UNABLE TO NAME SINGLE BLOOD CANCER SYMPTOM  

Nearly half of NI adults cannot name a single symptom of blood cancer despite it being the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, according to new research released by Blood Cancer UK.    When people were asked to spontaneously list what they thought were common signs of blood cancer, the charity’s survey found almost half

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One Million People Eligible For NI Winter Flu And Covid Vaccines, Belfast Parks Getting £108k to Create Insect Super Highways In First NI Buglife Project & Excitement Builds As Country Superstar Lands In Ireland

07.09.22 – NVTV & Belfast 247 Roundup One million people eligible for NI winter flu and covid vaccines More than one million flu and Covid-19 vaccinations are to be offered to people in Northern Ireland this winter. The Public Health Agency said the winter vaccination campaign would help protect those most at risk from respiratory

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NI Ploughmen Scoop 6 Top Places In European Ploughing Championships

Northern Ireland ploughmen have scooped six top three placements in the recent European Ploughing Championships held at Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly last weekend. The competition included the European Reversible and Conventional Ploughing Championships, European Vintage Ploughing Championships and Horse Ploughing Competition with over 60 competitors arriving from throughout Europe. Countries represented at the competition included

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Ballymena Man Praises Disability Employment Scheme

  “For Me It Was a Big Thing. It Was That Sigh of Relief Moment”  By Maia Biermann  A graduate with ADHD and social anxiety has secured a paid job placement he loves, leaving behind worries that the condition would hamper his career prospects.   Stephen Baird, 25, was doing his four-month placement with a TV

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Denise Van Outen to Host RTS NI Programme Awards in Belfast

Multi-talented actress, singer, TV presenter, and musical theatre star Denise Van Outen will host this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) NI Programme Awards, sponsored by Ka-Boom at City Hall, Belfast on Thursday 26th May 2022. Denise Van Outen has enjoyed huge success on screen and stage since her first break came in 1996 by way of Channel 4’s

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Boardroom Apprentice Programme Set To Return Next Month

The Boardroom Apprentice programme is set to return this year as applications for this year’s apprentices are set to open on May 3. A UK first, the Boardroom Apprentice is a 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme which enables those who would like to serve on a public or third sector board to

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Singer-Songwriter Gareth Dunlop To Tour New Album ‘Animal’ With Foy Vance

Belfast born singer-songwriter and producer Gareth Dunlop has been recognised as an accomplished talent ever since the BBC tipped him as ‘one to watch’ in 2010 when he was not long out of his teens. In the decade since he has released several singles, a handful of EPs and one album that have been musically

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Entertainment Briefs: Gavin James To Return To Belfast And Derry Next Year!

Irish singer-songwriter, Gavin James, will be returning to Belfast and Derry next year. His headline shows will stop at Derry’s Millennium Forum on April 18th and at Belfast’s Telegraph Building on April 21st during his April Irish tour. The musician is currently working on his third album and is due to join fellow star James

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Entertainment Briefs: Derry Girls Amongst The Last To Ride At Barry’s Amusements

Derry Girls actor Ian McElhinney has said that the cast of Derry Girls were the last people to enjoy the iconic rides at Barry’s Amusements in Portrush. The star, who plays Granda Joe in the hit Channel 4 series, has revealed that they had the chance to go on some of the rides while they

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News in Brief: Shooting Stars Will Light Up Skies Tonight

A spectacular display of shooting stars will light up the skies tonight. The Geminid shower produces more than 100 multi-coloured meteors an hour at its peak. Metals in the meteors such as sodium and calcium – used to make fireworks colourful – create white, yellow, red, green and blue streaks as they hit the atmosphere

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Entertainment Briefs: The Hairy Bikers Top The Christmas Cookbook Charts!

The Hairy Bikers have roared to the top of a Christmas cookbook chart for the first time. Si King and David Myers held off a last minute challenge from Dame Mary Berry to become 2021’s top selling celebrity chefs. Food blogger Jane Dunn, the Great British Bake Off team, Jamie Oliver and Gino D’Acampo complete

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News In Brief: US Announce Diplomatic Boycott Of 2022 Winter Olympics

The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. The White House said no official delegation would be sent to the Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. But it said US athletes could attend and would have the government’s full support.   Hear more news and

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News In Brief: Majority Of Shoppers Have Had Goods ‘Dumped’ By Posties, Survey Says

Two thirds of online shoppers had goods lobbed over fences, left in rain or dumped on doorsteps last Christmas. Consumer group Which? also found a quarter of Christmas orders failed to turn up last year and a fifth were late.   Hear more news and showbiz from me, Tina Calder, on Belfast 247 every day and catch

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Public Consultation Opens Into Proposed Changes To Dual Language Street Signs Policy

A public consultation has opened today into proposed changes to the Council’s Dual Language Street Signs Policy. This follows on from a Council decision, taken in January, to revise the policy. The consultation will last for 14 weeks and finish on Monday 28 February 2022 and everyone interested in this issue is encouraged to provide

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