Weekly Updates

Top 7 at 7am
13th March 2017
1. First day at school

The parties may be deep into talks aimed at finding a resolution to their differences, but there are still some formalities to go through in the chamber, such as the 90 MLAs formally signing the register. As they take to the floor to do this later this afternoon they will not, however, be undertaking the other usual item of business of day one, the election of the speaker. This has been put back until the 27th March.

2. Happy St Patrick’s Day

You won’t need reminded that Friday is the celebration of our patron saint, and it’s more than an excuse to hit the pub early to drown your shamrock. In Belfast the celebration of St Patrick and all things Irish will see a parade snake its way through the city centre from City Hall to Custom House Square.

3. Croke Park bound

Meanwhile St Patrick’s day is an important one in the GAA calendar as it host the football and hurling club finals. In the football Derry champions Slaughtneil will aim to cap of a stunning season which has already seen their camogs will all Ireland glory, as they face Dr Crokes. While earlier in the day Cuala, who beat Slaughtneil in their semi-final, play Baile Aodha.

4. Last hurrah

Unfortunately for Irish, Welsh and Scottish fans, England secured the Six Nations on Saturday evening. The final day of the Championship this Saturday hasn't lost all its lustre as Ireland still have the chance to block England from taking their second Grand Slam in a row. As they line out at the Aviva Stadium the men in Green will be fired up to put a good finish to their tournament.

5. Lineout to fight children’s cancer

And what better way to take in that game, as well as the two earlier games between Scotland & Italy and Wales & France, that at a charity fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity at the Wellington Park Hotel. As well as all three games and a lunch, you can hear from Ireland and Ulster stars Chris Henry. You can book your place by visiting the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

6. Call the policewoman

Having learned her trade with acts such as Rufus Wainwright and Antony & the Johnson, Joan Wasser continues to release acclaimed albums under the Joan As Policewoman moniker. She hits Dublin this week, where she will, once again wow the audience with her stunning ability across multiple instruments and her amazing voice. No wonder Rufus and Antony had her in their bands.

7. North South Networking

The NI Chamber of Commerce events continue to attract some of the best quality speakers in the business sector, and that’s why they are, more often than not, packed. They have a number of networking events this week, including one on Wednesday in the Titanic, where more than 180 will gather to hear from John Hurley Head of B2B, Partner and Channel Marketing, Dublin Airport, where he will lay out the importance of cross border networks.

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