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IN PICTURES: Downpatrick Racecourse ladies’ day meeting

IN PICTURES: Downpatrick Racecourse ladies’ day meeting

The sun was shining for the Ladies’ Day meeting at Downpatrick Racecourse on Monday.

Natasha Corrett

‘Fail to prepare and you should prepare to fail’

If you should ever have any doubts over the power of prep, speak to green-eating guru - and Honestly Healthy founder - Natasha Corrett.

The attack on Salterstown Orange hall, near Ballyronan, was the 21st on an Orange property this year

Orange hall attacks: Robust response needed now

Images of the charred remains of Salterstown Orange hall, extensively damaged in an arson attack earlier this week, whilst shocking are a depressingly familiar and recurring sight.

The Mystery Of Van Gogh's Ear. Pictured: Bernadette Murphy PA/BBC/Lion Television

Unravelling the incredible mystery of Van Gogh’s ear shakes art world

Former teacher Bernardette Murphy has always been curious about Vincent Van Gogh and the mysteries surrounding his ear-clipping. Little did she imagine she’d make a discovery that’s shaken the art world and resulted in a book deal and documentary. KEELEY BOLGER brushes up on the story

IMG_1340 - Past Worshipful Master of Boyne Obelisk LOL 1690, Gordon McKinley, with the Boyne obelisk stones which are now on permanent display at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast. Photo by Graham Curry

Boyne obelisk stones to go on display in Belfast

Part of a monument erected to commemorate King William’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne is now on permanent display in Belfast, courtesy of the Museum of Orange Heritage.

DJ Troya, aka Tessa Greer

DJ Turned Therapist To Deliver Electronic Dance Event With A Difference At Sunflowerfest

A DJ turned complementary health therapist is set to merge both herpassions in an attempt to deliver a “healing” electronic dance event at this year’s Sunflowerfest.

Roald Dahl PA/BBC/RDNL/Jan Baldwin

A brief glance inside the marvellous imagination of author Roald Dahl

His fantastical tales have stood the test of time, and now, to mark what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, a BBC documentary delves into the origins of one of literature’s best-loved imaginations

Simon Magill has been appointed creative director at the MAC

New creative director takes centre stage

Leading Belfast arts venue the MAC has announced that Simon Magill will take up the role of creative director, supporting the venue in its drive to become a landmark of cultural excellence.

Tabitha Smyth as Dorothy from  Northern Ireland  Stars, artist Barry Mulholland from Creative Exchange and Andrea Deloney, singer with Anuna at the launch of the Eastside Arts Festival.

Jazz, historical theatre, movies and literary workshops galore

EastSide Arts Festival is getting ready to bring 11 days of inspiring events to the east of the city and beyond from August 10 until August 21, with a programme of music, comedy, movie screenings, theatre, talks, tours and art exhibitions to take place in some 40 venues across east Belfast and the city centre.


David Hockney exhib at the MAC

A new exhibition by esteemed British artist David Hockney, purveyor of a particularly colourful style of painting that has drawn influence from the baroque, cubism, the pop art movement and computer graphics, will go on display at the MAC in Belfast from August 19.

Eamonn Holmes will present It's Not Me It's You
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Ulster’s Eamonn shares his secret to staying head-over-heels in love

He’s the first to admit he’s a flirt but Eamonn Holmes only has eyes for one woman. GEMMA DUNN finds out how he still feels lucky waking up to his wife every day, why cross words are part and parcel of relationships and that keeping love alive takes effort

A snapshot of 'Strive', the hotly anticipated musical set for the stage on Saturday.

Young performers set for a musical debut at Waterfront

Budding young performers will take to the stage at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall for Strive, The Musical, which is the latest production from the Strive Academy for Performing Arts.

Eddie Mercer, aged 9, from Dromara, preparing Ivaniskey Pedigree  for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show.
Picture: Brian Little/Presseye

Early crowds on hand as curtain goes up on Balmoral Show

The crowds were ready and waiting in Lisburn this morning as the curtain came up on this year’s Balmoral Show.

Author Carlo Gebler has worked in prisons helping inmates with their writing skills

Secrets of life behind bars explored with wit and honesty

Novelist and playwright Carlo Gebler spent almost 20 years as writer in residence at Maghaberry prison. He tells JOANNE SAVAGE about his most recent work of fiction which offers a fascinating glimpse into the reality of life behind bars

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Irvine Welsh’s home thoughts from abroad

As Trainspotting celebrates its 20th anniversary, writer Irvine Welsh tells Hannah Stephenson his thoughts on the long-awaited sequel, why Hollywood gives him more opportunity than the UK, and how Twitter trolls make ‘fabulous research’ for novelists

Is your Harry Potter book worth £40,000?

Is your Harry Potter book worth £40,000?

Is your Harry Potter book worth £40,000?

Author and columnist Owen Jones

Owen Jones and Bridget Christie set to headline festival of ideas

Imagine!, Belfast’s Festival of Ideas and Politics, will feature a host of thinkers and writers across a week-long programme that aims to get audiences exercising their grey matter.

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Actors James Doran and Nuala McKeever, who will star in Belfast Tempest, with director Andrea Montgomery

Fancy being Miranda in Belfast Tempest?

Terra Nova Productions is seeking an appropriate actress to play the part of Miranda in their forthcoming large-scale production of Belfast Tempest - a re-interpretation of the Shakespearean play set in Belfast and celebrating its unique history - to be staged at T13 on April 20-23 as part of the global Shakespeare celebrations marking 400 years since the bard’s death.

Gerard McCarthy in one-man show CAT

CAT shows cruelty of risking all for fame

Belfast-actor Gerard McCarthy, still best known for his role in Hollyoaks and more recently for starring in spookily Scandi locally filmed crime drama The Fall, is back on stage at the Grand Opera House this evening in CAT, a satire of the desperate quest for fame - what must be the malady of our time.

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