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‘The places we live in shape our lives, our health and our wellbeing.’
17th December 2015
That was the message at an event hosted today by Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization (WHO) body in Northern Ireland. The event included contributions from planning specialists from Finland and Scotland as well as Ministers and planners from Northern Ireland. The seminar drew on European examples to examine how place making can effectively support health and wellbeing....
Waltzing with Andre
4th December 2015
If the question is how do you get 8000 people to pay an average of £60 each to listen to classical music, never in my life did I think the answer was Andre Rieu. How wrong I was. Having played in or listened to orchestras since I was about 13 years old, I’ve never seen anything like the show the Dutch conductor and his Johann Strauss Orchestra put on last night at the SSE A...
Hucknall hysteria hits The SSE Arena, Belfast
3rd December 2015
Last night Simply Red celebrated 30 years in show business at the SSE Arena, Belfast. I had the privilege of entertaining some special guests on behalf of SSE Airtricity in their box for the night, possibly the best seat in the house. For a show I wouldn’t have necessarily opted for myself I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had and of the number of songs I found my...
BDO Northern Ireland welcomes Corporation Tax rate for 2018
17th November 2015
BDO NI, one of Northern Ireland’s leading business advisory firms, has welcomed the planned reduction in Corporation Tax to 12.5% by April 2018 announced as part of the Stormont deal today. Speaking following the announcement Sean Lavery, Partner at BDO NI said: "Through our daily work with Northern Ireland businesses we know there is a real appetite for growth a...
Grow NI welcomes commitment to lower rate by April 2018
17th November 2015
Eamonn Donaghy, Chair of Grow NI, the umbrella group representing business, academic and voluntary organisations committed to the devolution of corporation tax, has welcomed today’s agreement which will see a reduced rate of corporation tax introduced in April 2018.   "The news that corporation tax is to be reduced to the same rate as the Republic of Ireland by ...
BDO add a touch of magic to festive favourite
13th November 2015
A group of Belfast-based accountants are set to add some Christmas magic this weekend by staging the pantomime Aladdin to raise money for charity. The big-hearted staff of BDO Northern Ireland will be leaving the boardroom behind to tread the boards at the MAC in a bid to raise funds for its charity of the year, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Two shows will t...
Oh what a Jedi Knight!
2nd November 2015
Sarah gets Star Wars treatment at the SSE Arena. Dundalk woman Sarah McEneaney celebrated Halloween in style with a stunning Star Wars transformation after winning the SSE Comic Con makeover competition. The mum-of-one travelled up to the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday for the £500 makeover, courtesy of Joanna Nixon, of Dead On Prosthetics. Sarah, 38, is a li...
Aimee 'Hearts' One Direction
27th October 2015
As one of seven little heroes who fronted a campaign earlier this year to raise awareness of congenital heart disease, Aimee Brady’s lovely smile could be seen on billboards and buses across Northern Ireland. And last week, the six year old, who suffers from heart failure, had an even broader smile on her face when she got to meet her pop idols, One Direction. The Magheraf...
Gullivers Travels bring him back to the Mac
14th October 2015
"Hello, hello, thank you for coming. I’m Alice, his mother. He’ll be here very soon……” And so it begins. As we take our seats in the theatre, an elderly woman in a blue print frock and cardigan thrusts a card and some crayons into our hands and suggests we write a message to welcome her son home from his travels.  The audience plays along ...
Big Belfast welcome for Bridges at the SSE Arena
30th September 2015
One Direction, drugs, depression, the dole…..no, not another tabloid headline but just a few of the topics touched upon by Kevin Bridges in his latest stand-up tour. The 28-year-old Clydebank comic takes the most standard of subjects and offers up his own witty observations in a quick-fire, side-splitting, self-assured show. He barely pauses to take a breath as he fires out one...
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