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Bright future for iconic Troubles prison
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Bright future for iconic Troubles prison

April 21st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The colourful – and often bleak – history of the notorious gaol on Belfast’s Crumlin Road is helping the current operators of the site establish a thriving tourist trade and conferencing business on the site. Visitors and...
Speaking up for tourism
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Speaking up for tourism

April 20th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Howard Hastings OBE, who steps down shortly as chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland, has been with the agency through the most successful and productive phase of its history. Widely regarded for his passionate advocacy on behalf...
Testing the boundary
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Testing the boundary

March 6th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
There will soon be as many as 20 independent breweries operating in Northern Ireland – a far cry from the situation a decade or two ago. LCN has been talking to the latest arrival, Matthew Dick of Belfast’s Boundary...
It’s all in the mix…
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It’s all in the mix…

March 6th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
From the bartender’s perspective, one of the most attractive aspects of working with cocktails is their versatility. The only limit on the mixologist’s creativity is the availability of the raw materials and the current...
The story so far
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The story so far

March 2nd, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Award-winning Kilkeel chef, Shaun Hanna, certainly hasn’t stood still since he launched his career almost 20 years ago, but these days, he’s sticking closer to home with an exciting restaurant and deli project at Banbridge....
A place in the country
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A place in the country

March 2nd, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The owners of the Browns restaurant chain in Londonderry and Letterkenny have moved into a new phase of business development with the purchase of a renowned Georgian country retreat at Upperlands… Marcus Roulston and Ian Orr...
Jewel in the Crown
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Jewel in the Crown

January 29th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Danny Rice sees his purchase of The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn as the pinnacle of a successful career in hospitality. He’s transformed the 400-year-old venue in the years since and now works with his two sons to ensure the...
Lucky Jim
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Lucky Jim

January 26th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Jim O’Neill has been building drinks businesses in Northern Ireland for more than 55 years and he’s still at it. He’s been telling LCN the secret of his success… Sometimes in business, you meet people who seem to have...
A suite success
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A suite success

January 21st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Veteran hotelier, Eugene McKeever crowned a successful career in hospitality recently when he collected an MBE from the Queen. Here, he reflects on a lifetime spent in the trade and tells Russell Campbell why he believes that his...
Squaring up to change
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Squaring up to change

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Co-ordinated development is helping to transform opportunities for tourism and economic growth in Northern Ireland’s north-western corner…   Many of us who grew up in Londonderry during the 1970s and 80s will...
No turning back
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No turning back

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Mike Gatt, the Belfast-born GM of Maldron’s newly-rebranded hotel in the heart of Derry City, believes that the venue’s potential is firmly rooted in the region’s long and colourful history and indebted to the 2013 City of...
Talking up the Trade
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Talking up the Trade

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Colin Neill feels that, economically at least, 2014 was ultimately a little disappointing, but he cautions that preoccupation with the negative aspects of the trade can only lead to further difficulties in the future… Speaking...
Star Man
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Star Man

January 16th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Michael Deane is one of the most recognisable faces of Ulster hospitality. Proprietor of seven diverse restaurants in Belfast, he shares the credit for transforming the city’s food culture and holds the record for the...
The Midas Touch
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The Midas Touch

January 16th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
His is, perhaps, one of the most recognisable faces across the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland today. Still hugely active at the age of 86, his stewardship has transformed the family business into one of the most successful...
Bound by bureaucracy
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Bound by bureaucracy

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The scourge of red tape – the bane of many a busy publican’s life – is currently coming under intense scrutiny as a special inquiry led by trade body, Pubs of Ulster, begins to uncover the exact extent of the mountain of...
The perfect festive pairing
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The perfect festive pairing

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Christmas is a busy time for any venue selling food and while wine is a natural fit for any festive table, but Belfast brewer and beer enthusiast, Alex Tennant says that increasingly, bistros, pubs and restaurants are exploring...