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From Bertha’s Bar to Ulster Hall, Castlerock brother and sister rocking up a storm

Having started out playing gigs in the bar at the end of their street, a brother and sister from Castlerock are now part of one of the Province’s most in-demand bands.

Music

Royal wedding: NI St John’s volunteer comes to aid of ill fellow guest at Windsor Castle

A St John Ambulance volunteer from Northern Ireland was in the right place at the right time after one of the guests watching the Royal wedding in the grounds of Windsor Castle collapsed during the service.

News
DUP leader Arlene Foster met young and old during her day out at the Balmoral Show

Balmoral Show: producers enjoy the sweet smell of success

Balmoral Show is a unique event in terms of smells.

Farming

Balmoral Show: Tyrone brothers are model farmers

One of the spectacles of this year’s Balmoral Show is a customised farmyard set which had been specially modified to include moving tractors.

Farming
Dame Esther Rantzen pictured at one of the offices of her charity Silver Line

Esther Rantzen in NI: people can forget needs of the elderly

Dame Esther Rantzen was in Northern Ireland this week to talk about the loneliness suffered by older people, an isolation she says that she is not exempt from herself.

News
Stuart Bailie who has written a new book about music and conflict in Northern Ireland

Ulster journalist’s book explores link between Troubles and NI music scene

A new book by veteran NI journalist Stuart Bailie explores the link between Northern Ireland’s celebrated music scene and its bloody chronology of violence.

Arts
News Letter reporter Graeme Cousins during the open casting session for film and TV extras at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Picture by Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press

Generic bald man just waiting for Sandra Bullock’s call

“Hello Graeme, we need a generic bald man to inconspicuously occupy a seat on a bus, four rows behind Sandra Bullock – are you available?”

News
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Trust recalls 2,500 patients as probe into doctor widens

An experienced consultant neurologist has been stopped from practising by the Belfast Trust after aspects of his work came under scrutiny.

Health
Rhia O'Reilly left Northern Ireland at the age of 19 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional wrestler

‘Wanting to be a wrestler was a running joke, then I thought ... why shouldn’t I?’

A professional female wrestler who grew up in Northern Ireland will return to these shores in her wrestling attire for the first time this Sunday.

News
Chris Bennett, who is chaplain for the Titanic Quarter and also works as a tour guide on board the 'Wee Tram'

Bringing life to Titanic Quarter as both minister and tour guide

Chris Bennett had never visited the site where the great ship that gives the area its name was built until 2007, but now admits he is a “complete nerd” when it comes to the history of the newly-developed city region.

News
Marco Pierre White spoke to News Letter journalist Graeme Cousins in the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast yesterday.'Picture by Arthur Allison.

Marco Pierre White: even the cafe down the road is competition to me in Belfast

World-renowned chef Marco Pierre White was in Belfast yesterday to remind people of his credentials as the first overseas celebrity chef to put down roots in Northern Ireland.

Eating Out
The 1912 Antrim All Ireland finalists including William Manning at the back, furthest right

The GAA members who served with British Army in WWI

A local historian has gone to great lengths to tell the story of the ‘forgotten’ GAA men who fought for the British Army in World War One.

News
80 Class No. 84 August 1983

Campaign to save ‘Thumper’ train which served NI during Troubles

A fundraising campaign has been launched to ensure it is not the end of the line for a unique train which served Northern Ireland for four decades.

Education
A still from The Pitts Family Circus movie

Premiere for history-making film by Belfast circus performer

The European premiere of the groundbreaking debut film by a Belfast-based circus performer takes place at Belfast Film Festival on Saturday night.

TV and Film
A DUP member for 43 years, Jim Wells says he is very angry at how the party has treated him over the past three years as he tried to clear his name in the face of false allegations

Jim Wells expects to be disciplined by DUP ‘for telling truth’

Long-serving DUP politician Jim Wells has said he expects his party to take “stern disciplinary action” against him after criticism of its leadership in a series of interviews.

News
Gavin McAlinden with his son Shay at the grave of Private James Furphy

Paying respect to private 101 years after war sacrifice

More than 100 years after Private James Furphy made the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Messines, two members of his family have made a poignant trip to his grave.

News
The team will attempt to walk 113 miles in 40 hours

Friends will forgo sleep to do a lap of Lough Neagh in 40 hours

A team of friends from a Lurgan gym are in training to take on a huge walking challenge in June.

Health
Presenter Ruth Sanderson

Voyage of discovery for Ruth

Northern Ireland presenter Ruth Sanderson is a woman who is in her element while exposed to the elements.

News
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody performing at Sport Relief

Snow Patrol singer apologises after ‘nervous’ performance at Sport Relief

Snow Patrol’s front man Gary Lightbody has apologised for a below par performance at Sport Relief.

Music
Many of the new additions to Belfast's skyline have been hotels

Belfast’s hotel boom: growth shows no signs of slowing

The recent surge in hotel growth in Belfast has led some to question where all the guests are coming from, but expert opinion is that demand far exceeds supply in terms of hotel beds in Northern Ireland’s capital.

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