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Dogs Trust Ballymena hosting Christmas Fair

Festive frolics are afoot at Dogs Trust Ballymena as the team deck the halls in preparation for its annual Christmas Fair on December 6.

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‘Feels like home’ Christmas Show in Moneymore

‘Feels like home’ Christmas Show in Moneymore

On Saturday, November 25, Anne Tracey (nee Corey) returns to the Assembly Rooms in Moneymore with her “Feels like Home” Christmas show, once again raising funds for Cancer Focus.

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Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges is coming back to Belfast - here’s how you can get your hands on tickets

Comedy fans in Northern Ireland are in for a treat after Kevin Bridges announced he will be returning to the city next year.

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What a fantastic Bin-ovation from the Council!

What a fantastic Bin-ovation from the Council!

You can now report environmental issues such as dog-fouling, fly-tipping, litter or graffiti direct from your smart phone or tablet via Mid Ulster District Council’s Bin-Ovation app.

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The Christmas dinner pizza

Asda launch full Christmas dinner pizza with all the trimmings

There's nothing quite like a traditional Christmas dinner but if you're tempted to dodge the responsibility of cooking up a festive feast this year then read on!
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Burnavon winter craft and food fair

Burnavon winter craft and food fair

The Burnavon’s eagerly anticipated Winter Craft and Food Fair is back this year on the slightly later dates of Saturday, November 25 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday, November 26 (1pm – 5pm).

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Mary McKeown, Seamus Heaney HomePlace; and Claire Brosnan, Tourism Ireland, at World Travel Market in London.

Heaney HomePlace reaches out to global market

A major tourism push for 2018 is under way this week, as ten Northern Ireland tourism businesses – including Seamus Heaney HomePlace – are in London, with Tourism Ireland at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM).

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Year 12 Subject Prize- winners.

Cookstown High prize day

The annual Prize Day at Cookstown High School was held in the school’s Upper Hall and was attended by hundreds of prize winners, parents and friends of the school.

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An example of one of the scam messages

Warning over scam WhatsApp supermarket money-off messages

Police have issued a warning about a new scam currently doing the rounds on WhatsApp involving 'money off vouchers' for supermarkets like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and M&S.

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Cookstown High : From left: Bethany Greer, Zoe Seymour and James Marks recently put their debating skills to good use when they represented the Lithuania at this year�"s Mock Council of the European Union. The event, which is now in its 13th year, is organised by British Council Northern Ireland and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and saw 18 schools from across Northern Ireland tackle two topical issues: the future EU-UK relationship and how the European Union will need to develop to deal with the challenges of the 21st Century.

Cookstown High tackle Brexit

Pupils from Cookstown High recently joined 18 others schools from across Northern Ireland for a Mock Council of the European Union debate.

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The Aurora Borealis lighting up the sky over Covesea Lighthouse, near Lossiemouth. Pic by Alan Butterfield, Moray Speyside Tourism

The best of Scotland in miniature

It may be the fastest-growing tourist destination in Scotland, yet many people from Northern Ireland probably won’t have heard of Moray Speyside.

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Budding young athlete, Jack Eakin, travelled to London recently to take part in the London Open, which saw him compete against some of the top gymnasts in Britain.

Northern Ireland schoolboy has Olympics in his sights - just one year after taking up gymnastics

Magherafelt schoolboy Jack Eakin, who took up gymnastics just over a year ago, is now Irish National Champion and has the Olympics in his sights.

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Video: How to make Hallowe’en pumpkin lanterns in 5 steps

Every Hallowe’en, pumpkin lanterns can be seen up and down the land, adorning doorsteps and peeking out of windows.

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Renowned watchmaker Robert Adair pictured in his workshop.

Robert Adair Jewellers celebrates 60 years

It’s a sparkling time for Robert Adair Jewellers Ltd. as the renowned Ballymena business celebrate their Diamond anniversary.

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Pictured at the tree planting at Hill of The ONeill Heritage Park are:  Brian Poots, NIFSA; Councillor Kim Ashton, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council; and pupils from St Patricks Primary School, Dungannon, Dungannon Primary School and Gaelscoil Aodha Rua..

A Natural Link: tree planting to mark an important educational partnership

The fifth anniversary of the opening of Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, was marked by the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, who planted a young oak tree at the Heritage Park to celebrate the partnership between the Council and Northern Ireland Forest School Awards (NIFSA).

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Young people from the Portrush, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Ballycastle areas with special guests Dr Ahmad Naser Sarmast, Founder of Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Amada Benavides, President of the Columbian peace-building organisation, Escuelas de Paz, and London rapper and DJ Raphael Frank

Young people embrace arts and music

Young people from the Portrush, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Ballycastle areas welcomed some special visitors to their Inclusion Café event in Portrush Youth Centre.

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Peter Mullan from NIE Networks Charities Fund presents children from Autism NI Mid Ulster Support Group with certificates and medals following a six-week Balanceability enabling children with Autism to learn how to ride their bicycles.

‘Wheely’ great cycling scheme from Autism NI Mid Ulster

Autism NI Mid Ulster Support Group has held a six-week ‘Balanceability’ programme at Cookstown Leisure Centre, funded by NIE Networks Charities Fund enabling children with Autism to learn how to ride their bicycles.

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Robert Adair Jewellers unmistakeable modern, bright and spacious premises at 47-51 Mill Street, Ballymena.

Robert Adair Jewellers celebrates 60th anniversary milestone

It’s a sparkling time for Robert Adair Jewellers as the renowned Ballymena business celebrate their Diamond anniversary.

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Pupils from Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity College have launched New Driver NIs 2017/18 schools programme which is being backed by Specsavers.     Specsavers partnership with young driver initiative, New Driver NI is helping the organisation roll out an advice and information programme to Years 13 and 14 students at secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland.   Brian OKane (back left) and Natalie Bradley (front right) optometrists and store directors at Specsavers Cookstown are pictured with Jack Haycock (front) from Cookstown High School and behind (from left) Oliwia Zoledziewska and Ella Dynes from Holy Trinity College and Sarah Hammond from Cookstown High School.

Cookstown students launch New Driver NI and Specsavers partnership

Pupils from Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity College launched New Driver NI’s 2017/18 schools programme which is being backed by Specsavers.

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Brian OKane from Specsavers Magherafelt is pictured with some of the pupils from Castledawson Primary School who took part in the Glow in the Dark charity walk.  Staff at Magherafelt Specsavers stores donated high visibility vests to Castledawson Primary School to help all their pupils and staff complete a special charity walk to Polepatrick to raise funds for ADD-
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High vis vests for Castledawson PS

Staff at Magherafelt Specsavers stores donated high visibility vests to Castledawson Primary School to help all their pupils and staff complete a special charity walk to Polepatrick to raise funds for ADD-NI.

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