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The Tourism 2020 Debate
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The Tourism 2020 Debate

October 1st, 2014 | by LCN Editor
This major element of the Hospitality Exchange programme will see a panel of high-profile hospitality figures discuss some of the trade’s most pressing issues. Margaret Ritchie MP, who has championed the case for a reduction in...
Irish food heritage project takes to the road
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Irish food heritage project takes to the road

September 29th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Local artisan suppliers support the public launch of the Food Cookery Demonstration Theatre and Roadshow (L-R), Leona Kane and daughter Emily (Broighter Gold); Emmet McCourt, Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson; Alison Leighton from...
Tributes paid following death of Rodney Watson
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Tributes paid following death of Rodney Watson

September 26th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Rodney Watson (59), MBE, the co-owner of the Killyhevlin Hotel near Enniskillen, died suddenly in his sleep at his home in early September. Mr. Watson was a well-known and respected figure in the local hospitality trade. Raised...
Baptism of fire
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Baptism of fire

August 13th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Alan Clarke will shortly retire from his post as chief executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. In this  interview, he tells Russell Campbell that he believes Northern Ireland is still struggling to be heard within the...
Sunshine launch signals Tennent’s creative intent
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Sunshine launch signals Tennent’s creative intent

August 12th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
    Tennent’s NI moved into the local limelight again this month with the trade launch of its latest offering, Clonmel 1650, a light and distinctive Irish lager. This was a timely launch for Tennent’s NI, part of...
Inspiring, innovative and informative
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Inspiring, innovative and informative

August 6th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
If you work in the hospitality sector, you will know that the success of your business is a vibrant cocktail of service, innovation and lots of small details. It’s often difficult to keep up with the pace of change and engage...
Killough’s Chris is Bar Person of the Year
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Killough’s Chris is Bar Person of the Year

July 23rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Chris Feenan shows off his trophy and certificate after winning the title of LCN Bar Person of the Year 2014 This year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards were probably the most successful and widely enjoyed in the four-year...
Alex is wild about beer!
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Alex is wild about beer!

June 25th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Alex Tennant can make a couple of fairly unusual claims to fame. For one thing, there can’t be too many women in Belfast who own their own craft brewery. The Belfast Brewing Company – which hopes to get properly underway in...
Beef like no other
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Beef like no other

June 16th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Russell Campbell has ventured to the heart of the Nine Glens to learn more about the origins of the remarkably successful Glenarm Shorthorn Beef – a much-favoured delicacy in some of London’s best restaurants and a top...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Business award for top hotelier, Claire
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Business award for top hotelier, Claire

April 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Claire Hunter is pictured outside the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle which she co-owns with her business partner, Colum McLornan.   Hotelier, Claire Hunter (39), from Armoy in rural County Antrim, has just been named as...