Stena Line Reinforces Its Irish Sea Management To Drive Growth In The Region

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced strategic changes to its management team aimed at further enhancing its position as a market leader and driving continued growth in the region. Over recent years, Stena Line’s Irish Sea operation has experienced significant expansion solidifying its status as a cornerstone of the company’s network. With 13 ships […]

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House Prices Remain Stable As Consumer Confidence Continues To Rise Says Ulster University’s House Price Index

Northern Ireland’s housing market continues to remain stable entering into the first quarter of the year with evidence beginning to show consumer confidence increasing, according to the latest research from Ulster University. Findings from the latest Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index Report (NIQHPIR) published today [13 May] shows that pricing levels for Q1 2024

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Local Hospitality Leader Makes Renewed Call For Government Support As Stix & Stones Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A Prominent local hospitality leader, John Trainor, has made a renewed call for local government support to secure the future of Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector as the renowned Stix & Stones restaurant in Belfast celebrates its 10th Anniversary.  Mr Trainor, the visionary behind the hugely successful Stix & Stones restaurants and the Balmoral Hotel in

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M&S Food Teams Up With Panini To Launch Northern Ireland Football Sticker Collection

 M&S Food has kicked off a summer of football by teaming up with sticker giant Panini to launch an exclusive sticker collection featuring the stars of Northern Ireland’s senior men’s and women’s international football teams. This summer the food retailer is giving local football fans the chance to start collecting limited edition stickers of their

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Bertie’s Bakery Rolls Out Innovative New Product Line In Over 80 Henderson Group Stores

Bertie’s Bakery, the award-winning family firm with 50 years of baking heritage, is expanding its relationship with Henderson Group through the rollout of an innovative new product line in over 80 Henderson Group stores across Northern Ireland. The Magherafelt-headquartered bakery has experienced strong growth in sales since it began listing with Henderson Group, just over

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Gold Standard Convention Centre: ICC Belfast Is The Only Convention Centre Awarded In The Uk And Ireland

ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre, has been awarded ‘gold’ in the Convention Centre category at this year’s Eventex Awards. The awards are the world’s leading honours for events and experience marketing. This year received 1207 entries from 62 countries and six continents. ICC Belfast was the only convention centre from across

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AIB Announced as Title Sponsor of All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference

AIB has been announced as title sponsor of the prestigious 2024 Women in Business All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference taking place on 6th June in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of ‘Grit and Growth’ with Gráinne Mullins, Head Chocolatier and Founder of Grá Chocolates recently added to the line-up of

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Award-winning film about life in Belfast flats to open Docs Ireland 2024

Festival to include focus on Palestine and In Conversation with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia. Docs Ireland has revealed its Opening Film for this year’s festival programme is THE FLATS, an award-winning and impactful film about the people living in the New Lodge area of Belfast. Fresh from winning the most prestigious prize at CPH:DOX,

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Supervalu And Centra On Track To Plant 50,000 Trees By 2032

SuperValu and Centra, part of Musgrave NI, have been laying down roots in 19 communities across Northern Ireland in the next stage of their native tree planting initiative, bringing them a step closer to their pledge of planting 50,000 native trees by 2032. In partnership with Trees on the Land, a charity and not-for-profit project

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£8k Settlement In Disability Discrimination Case Against Chip Shop

A chip shop worker with autism has settled his disability discrimination case for £8000 against Mak’s Plaice, in Magheralin, County Armagh. The case was supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.  Oisín McKerr was a school pupil, when he applied for his first part-time job at the takeaway shop. He says that he declared

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Bast Back In Belfast For 2024/25 Season

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the re-signing of 27-year-old defenceman Gabe Bast for the 2024/25 season. Alberta-born Bast first joined the Belfast Giants ahead of the 2022/23 season, during which he recorded 74 total points in 72 games in all competitions, playing an integral role in the Giants’ treble-winning campaign. Prior

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Bar Acquisition Is Central To Oakleaf Plans In Mid-Ulster

The Magherafelt-based Oakleaf Group has acquired The Central Inn in Cookstown as part of an overall investment of £3 MILLION in the Mid-Ulster region over a two-year period. Established in 1969, the three-storey Central has been a mainstay in the heart of Cookstown for more than half a century and work is already under way

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Ursula Lavery appointed Chair of Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has appointed Professor Ursula Lavery MBE as the new Chair of its board. Ursula is Technical and R&D Director at Pilgrim’s Europe, including Moy Park, and she takes over from immediate past Chair George Mullan. She will hold the position for two years. Simon Fitzpatrick, Group Commercial

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Jet2holidays kicks off biggest ever summer programme with prices slashed across ALL Summer 24 holidays

Jet2holidays is celebrating the start of its biggest ever summer with customers, by slashing prices across ALL Summer 24 holidays.  In addition to this red-hot price drop, the UK’s largest tour operator is giving customers an additional £50 off PER PERSON on all holidays departing between May 8th and June 30th 2024, with customers who

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Lidl Northern Ireland Raises £1m For NSPCC

Lidl Northern Ireland and NSPCC Northern Ireland have celebrated a successful seven-year partnership in which the region’s fastest-growing retailer has helped to raise a record £1M, to help keep children safe across Northern Ireland. NSPCC was chosen by Lidl NI as its preferred charity partner in 2017 for an initial three-year period but this was

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Peppa Pig Live! Is Back! Peppa & Friends Will Visit Waterfront Hall In May In Oink-Tastic New Show

The live stage adaption will come to Waterfront Hall on May 18th & 19th for a second time Following the overwhelming success of its previous run, Peppa Pig Live! is returning to Waterfront Hall, Belfast, for a second time. On May 18th and 19th, families across Northern Ireland are invited to join Peppa, along with

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Heritage Skills Brought Back To Life Through Belfast 2024 Programme

Boat building, gardening and sewing are among the traditional skills being brought back to life through Belfast’s City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The celebration of culture and creativity is now well underway across the city, with projects, events and workshops encouraging people to get creative and try their hand at something new this year. Among

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Utility Regulator Urges Consumers To Avail Of Extra Support From Electricity, Gas And Water Suppliers

The Utility Regulator is urging domestic consumers across Northern Ireland to avail of extra support offered by electricity, gas and water companies, as findings from its recently published Domestic Consumer Insight Tracker 2023* reveal less than five per cent of respondents in vulnerable circumstances have signed up to suppliers’ support services. Published in April 2024,

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OCN To Award £85k In Grants To Support NI Learners

Open College Network NI (OCN) plans to award another £85K to education, voluntary and charitable training providers locally via their Centre Learning Grants Programme, now in its third year. The Centre Learning Grants Programme, with a closing date for applications of Thursday 30th May 2024, was created by the OCN Board of Trustees to help

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Belfast Giants Confirm Return Of Scott Conway For 2024/25 Season

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the re-signing of 29-year-old forward Scott Conway for the 2024/25 season.  Conway first joined the Belfast Giants ahead of the 2021/22 season, during which he scored an astonishing 101 total points in 69 games in all competitions, helping the Giants claim the Elite Ice Hockey League

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In The Spirit Of Sustainability The Salthouse Partners With Basalt Distillery To Launch Its Own Drinks Range

The Salthouse Hotel in Ballycastle, one of Europe’s most sustainable accommodation providers, has launched its latest venture in collaboration with Basalt Distillery, The Salthouse Spirits Range.  This bespoke collection of spirits, including Gin, Rum, Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, and Mezcal, embodies the venue’s commitment to sustainability, craftsmanship, and innovation in what is another investment at the

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How High Quality Sports Facilities Create a Healthier Local Community

Local leisure centres are supposed to be inspiring, active and supportive spaces for everyone in the community to enjoy in their free time. From swimming clubs to racquet sport facilities, there are endless possibilities to create a sense of togetherness in your local town or city. Investing in appealing amenities and state of the art

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Star Studded Irish Line-up For First Ever All Female Event YES!

This year, for the first time, Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce and his masterpiece Ulysses, will become Molly Bloomsday as it spreads north of the border from Dublin for a spectacular all-women inaugural event in Derry~Londonderry and Donegal.  More than 30 female artists and performers from across Europe will converge on Northern Ireland for YES, a new,

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NI Food To Go Association Announces Inaugural Awards To Enhance Local Industry

New awards launched by the Northern Ireland Food to Go Association will celebrate and help grow the local businesses that make up the vibrant take away and food to go sector here. The inaugural NI Food to Go Awards launched this week (Tuesday 30 April) at Belfast’s Malmaison Hotel, with NI Food to Go Association

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Jet2.com Celebrates 15 years Of Operating To Dubrovnik From Belfast International Airport

2nd May 2024: On 2nd May 2009, the first Jet2.com flight landed in Dubrovnik from Belfast International Airport and a decade and a half later, the leading leisure airline is celebrating 15 years of operating award-winning flights to the popular destination. Since that first flight, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth, both through Jet2.com and the UK’s largest tour operator Jet2holidays, with thousands of customers having travelled to Dubrovnik from Belfast

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EasyJet Flights To Alicante Take Off From Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport has marked the commencement of its highly anticipated summer flights to Alicante. Operated by easyJet, the service to the ever-popular Spanish region will fly twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Great value seats are still available to book from £40.99* on easyJet.com and via the mobile app. easyJet’s new route gives

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Social Care Council Secures Prestigious Platinum Recognition

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council) has been recognised by Investors in People (IIP) as a Platinum employer for excellence in values-driven leadership, workplace culture and learning and organisation-wide commitment to its staff. Platinum is the highest-level award in the IIP We invest in people accreditation. It means policies and practices that support

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Irish Company Ensures Smooth GB Elections For 4.5m Voters As Record Number Of Councils Adopt Digital Check-in

Derry-based company Modern Democracy is forecasting further growth ahead of the General Election after its digital check-in and voter verification technology helped deliver record-breaking local government elections in England and Wales. Greater numbers of council authorities adopted the solution on the 2nd of May elections than ever before as market-leading provider Modern Democracy rolled its

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O’Reilly Stewart Appoints Two New Solicitors Within The Firm

O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors has appointed Paige Clements as Solicitor within the Healthcare & Litigation department and Thomas Greenaway has been appointed as Associate Solicitor in the Property Department. Paige Clements Paige Clements has been appointed as Solicitor within the Healthcare & Litigation department at O’Reilly Stewart. Paige graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 and recently

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J.J. Piccinich To Rejoin Belfast Giants For 2024/25 Season

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce that 27-year-old forward J.J. Piccinich will rejoin the club for the 2024/25 season. Prior to initially joining the Giants in the 2021/22 season, the New Jersey native iced for several teams in North America, including Boston University, London Knights, Orlando Solar Bears, Newfoundland Growlers, and Tulsa

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World Renowned Psychologist To Deliver Mental Health Workshop As Part Of Local West Belfast Festival

‘Curious minds’ workshop with Dr Lucy Johnstone to explore emotional distress and provide more ‘hopeful narratives’ to failed ‘medical model’ Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Johnstone will explore ‘hopeful narratives about emotional distress’ at a Curious Minds workshop in Conway Mill on 15 May, hosted by Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) New Script

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Translink And North Belfast Community Groups Pack A Punch At The New York Street Train Station

Following the official operational opening of the new Translink York Street Station earlier this week (29 April) it was the turn of local boxing clubs and charities to bring a touch of community spirit to North Belfast’s modern transport hub. Themed ‘We’re in this together’ the evening event, held 1 May, played host to two Amateur

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GM Marketing And Tilda Celebrate 20 Year Partnership

Belfast based company, GM Marketing, is celebrating a landmark 20 years of exclusively distributing Tilda products on the island of Ireland. Distribution partnerships that span two decades are a testament to hard work and collaborative thinking, explained Ruth Jenkinson, Principal Controller, GM Marketing. Ruth said: “Since 2004 we have been bringing Tilda products to stores

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Sale Di Mare Offers NI Drinkers A Taste Of Italian Coast

United Wines launches newest member of Birra Moretti ‘famiglia’ in Northern Ireland A refreshing new Italian beer with ‘a hint of sea salt’ has reached Northern Ireland’s shores, courtesy of leading lager brand Birra Moretti and Craigavon-based drinks distributor United Wines. Sale di Mare, which translates as ‘salt of the sea’, is the newest member of the Birra Moretti

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