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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...
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...
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...
Housekeepers clean up at the NIHF Awards
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Housekeepers clean up at the NIHF Awards

April 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pictured above, Mandy Patrick of the NIHF, presents the winners in the ‘under 90 rooms’ category at the Hotel and Guesthouse Team of the Year competition. Included are Diana Kilukanova of the Belmore Court and Motel;...
New steak and seafood restaurant for Belfast
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New steak and seafood restaurant for Belfast

April 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Belfast brothers Daniel and Martin Courtney are getting ready to bring a new eating experience to the Belfast restaurant scene. Stix and Stones, a steak and seafood restaurant , is set to open in Belfast city centre in May. It...
New club opens at Dunbar Street
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New club opens at Dunbar Street

March 27th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
A new nightclub has opened at Dunbar Street in Belfast in premises formerly occupied by Mynt, which closed its doors in 2013 The new club, called Villa, opened in the middle of this month following an investment of £750,000 and...
Flogas blog puts food on the map
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Flogas blog puts food on the map

March 20th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
www.flogastronomy.com, the blog devised by Flogas for those with a passion for food, is in the process of creating a calendar of food festival and charity food demonstrations throughout Ireland. Whether it’s a large scale...
Saucy new venture for Tony
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Saucy new venture for Tony

March 20th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Leading Northern Irish chef and restaurateur Tony O’Neill is to launch a range of Italian sauces for retail. The products being planned will be sold, initially, through the three Belfast restaurants – Il Pirata, Coppi and...
Talented trio serves up success
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Talented trio serves up success

March 18th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
A team of talented hospitality and catering students from the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has won the prestigious Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge. Team members Jamie Rea, Euan Sibbald and Andrew Cassling recently...
Planning go-ahead for luxury Belfast hotel
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Planning go-ahead for luxury Belfast hotel

March 7th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
A £12m plan to transform the old Scottish Mutual building in Belfast city centre into a luxury boutique hotel has been given the green light by planners. The company behind the development plans is Tullymore House Ltd., which...
Ballygally refurb nears completion
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Ballygally refurb nears completion

March 7th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The Hastings Hotel Group has announced that the doors of the four-star hotel will open again on April 6. The re-vamped hotel will have 18 new ‘coastal view’ bedrooms including six family rooms, making it one of the largest...