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Second time around for Michael
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Second time around for Michael

December 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
County Down entrepreneur and business man, Michael Cafolla, entered into his second stint as chair of the local branch of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) in May with a promise to raise the profile of the organisation in...
Dalata Hotel Group eyeing Belfast expansion?
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Dalata Hotel Group eyeing Belfast expansion?

December 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pat McCann, chief executive of Dalata, has hinted that the acquisitive Dublin-based hotel group is looking at expansion into Belfast…   Pat McCann, the amiable chief executive of the Dublin-based Dalata Hotel Group, has...
An open market?
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An open market?

December 1st, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The Belfast Christmas Market has been taking place on the grounds of the city hall for more than six years now, but what effect does the spectacle have on trade for permanent hospitality operators in the city centre and how does...
In defence of difference
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In defence of difference

October 24th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Veteran local chef, Raymond McArdle, a well-known face across the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland, was back in the limelight recently when he represented Northern Ireland in the Great British Menu for the second time. He...
All the little things
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All the little things

October 24th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Wetherspoon’s CEO, Derry-born Tim Martin was back in the province recently for one of his frequent visits to the chain’s premises here. He met Russell Campbell at The Bridge House in Belfast to explain why he still believes...
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...