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Birthday bash marks Parlour’s 280th year
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Birthday bash marks Parlour’s 280th year

April 15th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Jim Cook and his wife, Dawn, have reversed the fortunes of the oldest bar in Newtownards since taking ownership of the once-ailing venue two years ago. Built in 1735, The Parlour Bar has now been offering hospitality for a...
Devilishly good…
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Devilishly good…

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
It’s now a year since Darren Nugent added his fledgling microbrewery in County Tyrone to the province’s tiny portfolio of traditional ale manufactories. And now the first batch of product is ready to be sampled… Darren...
World journalists visit Game of Thrones country
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World journalists visit Game of Thrones country

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Charlotte Lyon, from the Radio Times (right), at the Dark Hedges, near Ballymoney, with other journalists from around the world. The Dark Hedges lined the route used by the character, Arya Stark as she made her escape from...
Foreign markets beckon for NI fit out firms
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Foreign markets beckon for NI fit out firms

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
One of those firms doing well outside NI is McCue – the Albany in Belfast (pictured) was completed by the Carrickfergus firm at the end of the summer.   Many locally-based fit-out firms in the hospitality and leisure...
Celebrating the Great Ulster Pub
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Celebrating the Great Ulster Pub

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Gareth Stewart, Cool FM presenter; Colin Neill, CEO of Pubs of Ulster; Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green; Gary Myles, Downtown radio presenter and Mark Stewart, Pubs of Ulster chairman check out the action at Bob Stewart’s...
Ballygally re-opens after £3m refurb
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Ballygally re-opens after £3m refurb

April 11th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Sir William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels joins the staff of Ballygally Castle including Stephen Perry, general manager, to celebrate the re-opening of the hotel following a £3M refurbishment.   The Hastings Hotel...
EC planning to charge for food hygiene inspections
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EC planning to charge for food hygiene inspections

April 10th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The European Commission is proposing changes to the regulations governing the catering industry which could see venues here being charged up to £500 every time inspectors call to assess their premises. The cost would be applied...
Watch this space
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Watch this space

April 10th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Jorge Lopes is giving little away in his first press interview since taking over at the helm of Diageo NI. But he comes to Belfast with an impressive track record and a focus on further improving the drinks giant’s...
NAMA sells NI loans portfolio
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NAMA sells NI loans portfolio

April 4th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
  The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is to sell its Northern Ireland-based portfolio of loans – known as Project Eagle – to private investment firm, Cerberus Capital Management. The loans, which have a face...
NI to host Irish Open in 2015 and 2017
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NI to host Irish Open in 2015 and 2017

April 4th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pictured at the recent announcement that the Irish Open is to return to Northern Ireland are George O’Grady, the chief executive of The European Tour; First Minister Peter Robinson and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster....
Fabulous flavours on the menu in Fermanagh
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Fabulous flavours on the menu in Fermanagh

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster is joined by Ferghal Purcell, general manager of the Lough Erne Resort and Mandy Patrick, president, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation at the ‘Flavours of Fermanagh’...
Frankie and Benny’s arrives in the north-west
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Frankie and Benny’s arrives in the north-west

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pictured outside the new Frankie & Benny’s restaurant at Crescent Link Retail Park  are (from l-r):Arron Griffth, deputy manager; waitress, Amy O’Hara and Alastair Coulson, director of asset management for The Lotus...
A glass half full
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A glass half full

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
  Gerry Carlile, an entrepreneur whose late entry into the hospitality trade has transformed a number of well-known venues across west Belfast, is keen to curb what he says is a persistent trend towards negativity in the...
New push celebrates Northern Ireland’s great pubs
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New push celebrates Northern Ireland’s great pubs

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pictured at the launch are Colin Neill, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster (right) with Mark Stewart, chairman and Meagan Green, Miss Northern Ireland.     Industry body Pubs of Ulster has launched a new initiative...
Game on as HBO joins Ulster tourism push
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Game on as HBO joins Ulster tourism push

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland with Tourism Minister, Arlene Foster and some of the new, eye-catching advertising which will seek to leverage local links to the hit TV series.   Tourism Ireland has joined forces with HBO...
Five fantastic years at The Fitzwilliam
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Five fantastic years at The Fitzwilliam

April 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pictured enjoying the Casino Night celebrations at The Fitzwilliam in Belfast recently are Siobhan O’Sullivan, director of sales and marketing for The Fitzwilliam; June Burgess, hotel owner and Cian Landers, general manager....