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Andersonstown Leisure Centre to close on 29 May for council revamp

The centre was first developed in 1979. Andersonstown Leisure Centre is to close its doors on May 29 so that refurbishment works can begin. Plans for the new centre were revealed in March as part of Belfast City Council’s £105m Leisure Transformation Programme . The programme aims to promote the Andersonstown facilities …

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Assisted Dying in Northern Ireland: Where Do We Stand?

Last month’s Dignity in Dying event shone a new light on a topic often overlooked by Stormont. What causes our politicians to cast the debate surrounding assisted dying to the shadows, and how does that impact the people of Northern Ireland? Clare Hogarth investigates: A discussion on the topic of assisted …

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BACK IN BLACK 

And every other colour under the sun now. Vinyl is back and it could well be here to stay. With Record Store Day just around the corner thousands of eager vinyl collectors will be waiting outside record shops all across U.K in the hope of bagging themselves one of the prized, …

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Ham Sandwich Rocks Belfast

Irish indie rock band Ham Sandwich made their first appearance at The Belfast Empire Music Hall on Saturday 16th April and showed audiences they’re far more than a funny name. The band who hail from Kells, Co. Meath formed in 2003 and consist of Niamh Farrell (lead vocals), Podge McNamee …

Reviews and Events

Chris Henry makes his return to a roaring crowd

Chris Henry was the star of the show on Friday night as he made his return to the field. After suffering a mini stroke back in November, it was debatable as to whether he would ever make his return in an Ulster jersey. So in the 58th minute as cheers …

Music

‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘All Night Long’

Last night Lionel Richie took the Odyssey by storm. After three years, he made his return to Northern Irish soil. Opening with All Around the World, Lionel took the audience on a journey, transcending the generations making up the buzzing audience. At one point in the show he described how …

Sport

Frampton pummels the weak Cazares as ticket prices soar ‘Higher and Higher’

Carl Frampton’s fight on Friday 4th April lasted four minutes and twenty two seconds. The clear mismatch, his ‘toughest fight to date’, was a sign of the ever more important role money plays in the world of boxing.  But for Connor Timmins, who was sitting beside me, the £60 ticket …

Sport

GIANTS TAKE CONTROL OF FINAL

The Belfast Giants will take a 5-2 lead into the second leg of the Challenge Cup final after a 5-2 win over the Nottingham Panthers on Friday night. In front of a packed Odyssey Arena home crowd, it was the Giants who stamped their mark on the game in the …

Reviews and Events

Review- Give My Head Peace Live!

Local politicians beware! The Hole in the Wall Gang are back with their annual ‘Give My Head Peace Live’ tour for 2014. After another sell-out show in 2013, the gang hope for greater success this year with 11 live shows all over the country, from Belfast to Banbridge and this …

Arts

The new Cathedral Quarter

By Niamh Ferguson Yesterday saw the opening of the MAC theatre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The Metropolitan Arts Centre, or MAC, contains two theatres and three art galleries as well as a rehearsal space and dance studio. This new complex will bring a lot to the area but will it …