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KERR’S TYRES & AUTO KICK OFF PARTNERSHIP WITH ULSTER RUGBY

KERR’S TYRES & AUTO KICK OFF PARTNERSHIP WITH ULSTER RUGBY

Ulster Rugby has welcomed Kerr’s Tyres & Auto onboard as the official sponsors of the Ulster Rugby Referees Society, as part of a two-year deal.

With the new rugby season kicking off, Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of tyres and automotive services, has come onboard at an exciting time for the business as it looks forward to opening the largest retail tyre centre in Europe, launching mid-way through the 2017/18 Rugby season.

Speaking on the sponsorship, Norman Kerr, Managing Director at Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, said: “This sponsorship is part of our company’s continued commitment to expansion across Northern Ireland. We are glad to align with Ulster Rugby and particularly the referees as they will be present across all sectors of rugby including schools and at local club level. Just as Ulster Rugby referees control and manage the players, making sure they are all in check, our staff ensure your vehicle is fit for purpose and performing to the best of its ability on the roads.”

Neil Hanna, Business Development Manager at Ulster Rugby added: “We are delighted to welcome Kerr’s Tyres & Auto on board to support the Ulster Rugby Referees Society. This professional, highly skilled and family-run business is the perfect partner for the Referees Society at an exciting time for both Ulster Rugby, as the new seasons commences, and Kerr’s Tyres & Auto as they continue their growth across the province.”

Kerr’s Tyres & Auto provides a range of services throughout the province for both the public and commercial fleets. It has recently undertaken a rebrand and name change to reflect the company’s progression.

Kerr’s Tyres & Auto’s new centre and training facility will establish its own in-house training programme for new and prospective employees. The facility will also be open for third-party hire for organisations involved in mechanical and automotive education programmes.

The two-year partnership with Ulster Rugby will run from now until the end of the 2018/19 season. For more information on Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, visit www.kerrstyres.co.uk or call your nearest centre.

UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF ADRIAN MOLE AT THE MAC

UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF ADRIAN MOLE AT THE MAC

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾), Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel, will take to the MAC stage in Belfast this September. Chronicling the life of Adrian Mole and his adolescent years in the 1980’s, this classic comedy is a nostalgic blast from the past jam-packed with fun and laughter.

The MAC is the first stop for the touring adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾) which is brought to life by Bruiser Theatre Company in their signature boisterous style at the MAC from 22 Sep – 7 Oct 2017, celebrating their 20th anniversary production.

Hilariously captured in Adrian’s secret diary the show charts the highs and lows of being a teenager during the Thatcher period including dealing with dysfunctional parents, the school bully and teenage crushes. Adrian’s troubles with spots, height and clothes still hold their relevance and will resonate with teenagers today.

Made up of an entirely local cast, Belfast actor Adam Dougal will take on the role as the infamous Adrian Mole and Colette Lennon, also from Belfast, portraying Adrian’s love interest Pandora. In fact, Adam and Colette will be celebrating the successful run of the production by getting married a week after the tour ends. The NI-based cast gives this much-loved story a new lease of life for today’s generation, making it a fun night out for those familiar with and new to Adrian Mole.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “Following the success of The Importance of Being Earnest earlier this year, we are delighted to host another vibrant production by Bruiser Theatre Company and to be the first stop on its tour. With an infectious musical score arranged by Musical Director Matthew Reeve, this hilarious adaptation by Bruiser in their signature style will bring Adrian’s story to life once more.”

Lisa May, Director at Bruiser Theatre Company, said: “As our 20th anniversary production, we’ll be giving Adrian the typical Bruiser treatment. We will be bringing our fast paced, and physical style to The MAC and beyond, throwing in an extra helping of 80s nostalgia on the way. Sue Townsend’s story perfectly encapsulates adolescent life in the 1980’s, encompassing all its ups and downs, with hilarious situations and issues that teens today will absolutely relate to.

Our fantastic all local cast will retell the hilarity of this cult classic to audiences that are familiar with Adrian, and to those who are meeting him for the first time.”

Tickets for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 ¾) are now on-sale at themaclive.com.

Supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

ALL IRELAND CURRY AWARDS SET TO INCREASE THE HEAT FOR A SECOND YEAR

ALL IRELAND CURRY AWARDS SET TO INCREASE THE HEAT FOR A SECOND YEAR

Following the huge success of last year’s Irish Curry Awards, the hottest and most exciting food competition on the island, is set to return this October. Entries are now open for the 2017 Irish Curry Awards, inviting curry houses across Ireland to enter to win this all-Ireland curry competition.

Taking place on Tuesday 24th October, the Irish Curry Awards will gather with a panel of expert judges to find the best of the curry houses across the island.

Belfast-based restaurateur Ali Askir introduced the award-scheme last year, after recognising the significant role of curry houses in strengthening local economies and communities.  With an estimated 700 curry houses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, there are thousands employed in this sector.

Speaking on the awards, Ali says: “Last year’s event was a fantastic success and we were overwhelmed by the level of entries received from across Ireland.

“I wanted to create a specialist Asian awards scheme to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers. Given its success and the demand for it to return, is proof that the Irish Curry Awards has already embedded itself as a mechanism to validate the excellence within the sector.”

The Irish Curry awards will consist of six categories including Best Chef, Best Young Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Front of House, Best Takeaway and Best Newcomer.

Two additional categories have been added this year – Best South Asian Curry and Best Customer Service (South Asian Curryhouse).

You can nominate your favourite restaurant on the website www.irishcurryawards.com/vote. The deadline for voting is Friday 8TH September.

A quota of votes will be calculated at the close of entries to create a shortlist of restaurants county by county. A panel of expert judges including food writers and editors from broadcast and leading newspapers will attend all shortlisted premises and meet to discuss their findings before selecting the winners.

An awards ceremony will be held in Belfast on October 24th at the Crown Plaza in Belfast. You can sponsor a table for £1,000 plus VAT. All profits and money raised will be donated to the event’s official charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust. For more information on the awards, sponsorship and how to get tickets please visit www.irishcurryawards.com

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIPS KENNEDY CENTRE ANNOUNCED AS NEW SPONSORS OF ANTRIM

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIPS KENNEDY CENTRE ANNOUNCED AS NEW SPONSORS OF ANTRIM

Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Championships as a new sponsor onboard for 2017, as the Kennedy Centre pledges its support. The West Belfast retail and leisure complex will back the Antrim Ladies Senior, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B Championship, aiding the club’s development and growth.

The new partnership marks an exciting time for Ladies Gaelic Football with a total of 21 teams playing across the four adult championships, competing to be crowned County Antrim Champions 2017. Ladies Gaelic Football is recognised as one of the fastest growing female sports in Europe. The Antrim Ladies Championships has continued to flourish with recruitment of players and spectator interest increasing year on year.

Speaking on the sponsorship, John Jones, Centre Manager at Kennedy Centre said:

“From the Kennedy Centre’s point of view, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Senior, Intermediate, Junior A and Junior B Championships 2017. We hope that we can promote the Ladies game and raise the profile of the fastest growing sport in the country. As a community focused centre, we are committed to giving back to the local area; championing diversity and inclusion plus ensuring equal involvement for all.”

Aine McElroy, Chairperson of Antrim Ladies Gaelic  Football added:

“Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football are absolutely delighted to have teamed up with the Kennedy Centre as the main sponsor for the 2017 Adult championship competitions. A lot of work has gone into raising the profile of Ladies football across the county and further afield. With a sponsor like Kennedy Centre supporting the championships this is another exciting step in the process of improving the visibility of our games. The competition promises to be thrilling at all levels we look forward to our partnership with Kennedy Centre, working closely together in future exciting developments”

The Kennedy Centre is a modern shopping centre in West Belfast, containing a wide range of popular stores, an extensive food court, Sainsbury’s supermarket, and a contemporary Omniplex cinema.

For more information on Kennedy Centre visit http://www.kennedycentre.co.uk/ and for Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football visit http://officialantrimlgfa.co.uk/

ENDS //

DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

Local born and bred businessman, Ross Norton from Perrystown opens a new state-of-the-art fit4less gym in Drimnagh this Thursday 27 July; creating seven local jobs in the process and significant investment into the local area.

With years of experience within the fitness arena, highly qualified personal trainer Ross Norton and his team are putting the finishing touches to the Fit4Less complex in Lansdowne Gate Business Centre.

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SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON MAC’S FIRST YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMME

SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON MAC’S FIRST YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMME

Introducing MAC Youth Theatre, a new theatrical programme that aims to give young performers and stage managers from across Greater Belfast first-hand experience in producing and managing stage productions.

Building upon the MAC’s already extensive learning and participation programme, the MAC Youth Theatre will feature an ensemble of twenty young performers and stage managers as they take a collective approach to creative theatre-making.

The programme will be directed by the MAC’s Youth & Community Officer, Ciaran McQuillan and supported by MAC artists including Leonie McDonagh, founder of pony dance & known for previous appearances in the MAC pony panto Christmas show. They will support the MAC Youth Theatre in creating an innovative, contemporary production that demonstrates the MAC’s artistic excellence and exposes participants to all aspects of creating and managing a major production at an award-winning venue.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the first MAC Youth Theatre programme. We are continuously seeking opportunities to reach out to young people and communities to engage and involve them in the arts.

“In keeping with our artistic vision at the MAC, we not only pursue the best in touring and homegrown theatre, but actively promote collaboration and support the development of MAC original programming. We’re really excited to launch MAC Youth Theatre and support the efforts of the ensemble throughout the year leading to their final major production which will be exclusive to the MAC from 5-7 April 2018 in our Downstairs Theatre.”

Leonie McDonagh adds: “I’m thrilled to be working with the team on the new MAC Youth Theatre programme where I’ll be teaching dance technique and movement vocabulary for the stage. This is such a great opportunity for young people with any interest in theatre to get involved and learn in a creative environment like the MAC – I’m looking forward to working with the next generation of artists over the next few months.”

The MAC Youth Theatre is open to young people aged 16-18 years of all abilities and no previous drama experience is required. Participation costs £50 per term. While participating in the programme, members will also partake in arts award qualifications which will formally recognise their participation and development.

Championing inclusivity, a bursary scheme has also been created by the MAC to support young people from low income families who wish to take part in the new youth theatre programme.

Opening auditions for the 2017-18 term will take place this summer from 22-24 August through a series of fun group workshops. Rehearsals for successful applicants will launch in September, taking place every Tuesday night in the LAB rehearsal studio at the MAC.

For more information on MAC Youth Theatre and to register for auditions now, visit here.

GAME, SET, WATER! – EVIAN BRINGS WIMBLEDON TO BELFAST

GAME, SET, WATER! – EVIAN BRINGS WIMBLEDON TO BELFAST

evian, the popular water brand from Danone and official supplier to Wimbledon, evian, brought the opening weekend of The Championships live to shoppers in Victoria Square on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July. Along with three large screen TVs showing the tennis spectacle live, shoppers and tennis fans will be able to play interactive game of virtual tennis and be in with a chance to win a selection of goody bags and evian merchandise. In addition, evian’s new limited-edition Snapchat filters were also be active.

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REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA BRINGS THE CARNIVAL TO BELFAST!

REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA BRINGS THE CARNIVAL TO BELFAST!

Revolución de Cuba Belfast

Belfast – get set for a new and exciting destination bursting with carnival fever. Revolución de Cuba, the Latin rum bar and cantina, will bring old Havana to the city this summer when it launches at the end of July. Set on Arthur Street, right in the heart of Belfast, the relaxed, all-day drinking and dining hot spot will be reviving the glamorous days of the Buena Vista Social Club of the 1930s.

Head over to the Havana bar where Revolución de Cuba will entice you with a vast selection of exotic cocktails, before tucking into the delicious cantina menu brimming with hunger-fuelled Cuban fare. Kick back and enjoy the weekly sundown fiestas, featuring live music and special offers! Tiempo de fiesta!

To introduce you to how Revolucón likes to rumba, the team will be pulling out all the stops to get your taste buds tingling, with free ice cream and taco giveaways, a pay-what-you-like-night with proceeds going to a local charity and a city cycle tour takeover – all to get you into the rhythm of what’s in store. Keep your eyes peeled across our social media to find out more!

Revolución de Cuba knows how to throw a party and on opening night they’ll be putting their heart, soul and salsa-dancing feet into a Belfast carnival like no other. Expect tail-feather shaking entertainment from performers and live music throughout the evening, sip on complimentary Cuban cocktails lovingly made by the resident Cantineros, and sample canapés showcasing the restaurant’s enticing menu. Sign up here (www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/belfast/) to be the first to know when the party date is unveiled and to reserve your place on the guest list.

Revolución de Cuba, bringing the glamour of old Havana to the heart of Belfastviva la Revolución!

 

TAKING KERR OF BUSINESS

TAKING KERR OF BUSINESS

One of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of tyres and automotive services has affirmed its commitment to invest up to £2million in the business, creating at least 15 new jobs and a new training facility upskilling the next generation of fitters.

Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, a family-run business first established in 2002, has announced plans to invest in its current premises throughout the province with plans to open a further two additional centres over the next two years.

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