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2008-09-16 12:00:00

By Kerry McKittrick Tonight at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh is a country music spectacular featuring some of the vocalists and musicians who successfully toured with 'Country Legends'. The show will feature superb tributes to great icons like Johnny Cash, George Jones and will introduce new tributes to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and on the female side will cover Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Bill Joe Spears and Patsy Cline. Four vocalists and a live band that will re- create the...

2008-09-12 15:00:21

By CLAIRE McNEILLY HUNDREDS of Northern Ireland holidaymakers were today dealt another blow following the collapse of a second tour operator in just two weeks. People who booked holidays to Greece from Belfast with XL Leisure Group - the UK's third largest travel group - are facing massive disruption after the company went into administration and grounded flights. The demise of XL is the latest blow to Northern Ireland travellers following the collapse of budget airline Zoom last month....

2008-09-12 12:00:24

By CLAIRE McNEILLY HUNDREDS of Northern Ireland holidaymakers were today dealt a further blow following the collapse of another tour operator. People who booked holidays to Greece from Belfast with XL leisure group are facing massive disruption after the company went into administration and grounded all its flights XL is the second carrier in just two weeks to go bust, claiming to have fallen victim to the high cost of fuel and acutely difficult trading conditions within the aviation...

2008-09-12 12:00:18

By LINDA McKEE ENVIRONMENT Minister Sammy Wilson is backing a bid to recruit 50,000 people in Northern Ireland to help wildlife and wild places this year. The minister joined forces with the Ulster Wildlife Trust at a special reception at Stormont yesterday to launch its Year of Action which marks the charity's 30th anniversary. UWT is hoping to persuade at least 50,000 people, businesses and landowners to do one thing this year for local wildlife and wild places. "It is important to...

2008-09-11 09:00:08

By EMILY MOULTON THERE has been a call for pharmacist-led medicine reviews in all Northern Ireland nursing homes after new research revealed that over half of patients had been prescribed inappropriate drugs for sedation. The study, launched at the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester, found 51% of nursing home patients are taking inappropriate psychoactive drugs. The BPC said psychotropic medications, which act mainly on the central nervous system have historically...

2008-09-08 12:00:35

A grey and overcast summer is set to be followed by a winter of overarching gloom. And that's not a weather forecast: the economic bad news that has been building over the holiday months is gaining momentum. Last week Northern Ireland's consumer council described it as an "economic tsunami". The bad is turning worse. On top of the property slump and inflating prices at the petrol pump comes confirmation of what every family shopper already knew instinctively. Food prices are rising...

2008-09-05 12:00:25

By BRENDAN MCDAID THE FIRST lady of the West End Elaine Page and I'll Do Anything finalist Niamh Perry were today preparing to stage a free masterclass for gifted young singers from the North West. Four young people from Londonderry and Coleraine will join 14 others from across Northern Ireland at the Grand Opera House in Belfast tomorrow for the day-long class. Ms Page, who has starred in leading productions of musicals such as Chess, The King And I and Evita, has agreed to give the...

2008-09-05 12:00:20

By LINDA McKEE Convicted wildlife criminals are getting away with what amounts to a fine and a slap on the wrists, Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has been warned. The threat of jail terms is needed to act as a deterrent to those who would harm Northern Ireland's wildlife, he was told by the RSPB in a meeting this week. As well as calling for tougher sentencing for wildlife criminals, the group also asked the minister to introduce legislation protecting nest sites outside breeding...

2008-09-04 15:00:36

By CLAIRE HARRISON THE Government today began offering thousands of girls across Northern Ireland the chance to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted infection which can cause cervical cancer. Thousands of parents are now set to consider the moral debate raised by the vaccine which some fear will lead to lax sexual practices in young girls. Northern Ireland's chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride this morning launched the Department of Health's programme to immunise girls...

2008-09-03 15:00:09

By VICTORIA O'HARA A LEADING diabetes charity has backed a bereaved family's call for the Department of Health to increase awareness of a potentially fatal condition linked to the disease. Diabetes UK Northern Ireland has supported the move after Darren McReynolds (21) was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in his home in Duncairn Parade, Belfast in May 2006. He died from Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). He was among 60,000 diabetes sufferers in Northern Ireland. DKA is a serious...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.