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Golden jubilee of Ulster Scots gathering will offer varied events

The 140th anniversary year of St. John’s Parish Church in Ballycarry will be marked as part of this year’s Broadisland Gathering festival.

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For the students making these calls, it can often be a nerve wracking time

Going through university clearing? Then make sure you do these four things

Every year, in August, thousands of students receive their A-level results and discover whether or not they have got the marks needed to take up a place at their chosen university.

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Laboratory technician

Ten top jobs that don’t require a degree

With teenagers across the land about to find out their A Level results, there’s plenty of cause for concern for pupils as well as parents.

Education
Last chance for engaged couples to enter new BBC wedding game show

Last chance for engaged couples to enter new BBC wedding game show

If you're engaged make your big day even bigger by entering the BBC's new wedding game show and you and your fiance could win a luxury honeymoon.
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Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell warns fans against following his 'false' Facebook page

Country music star Daniel O'Donnell has taken to Facebook to advise his fans they may have received friend requests from a a false Daniel O'Donnell profile that looks exactly like this official page.
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Nando's is giving away free chicken to all A-Level students on Thursday.

Nando's giving away FREE chicken to all A-level students

Restaurant chain Nando's is giving away free chicken to A-level students right across Northern Ireland this week.
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A hog roast event will be held at Larne Rugby Club.

Unionists to hold annual hog roast

The East Antrim Ulster Unionist Association is holding its annual hog roast event on Friday August 18, at 7.30pm, in Larne Rugby Club, Glynn.

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VIDEO: Two NI farmers hilariously try to catch a mouse

A video of two farmers from Coleraine attempting to catch a small mouse has gone viral right across Northern Ireland.
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Mid and East Antrim Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheryl Johnston welcomed Clan Chief Hector MacAulay and Laurence McAuley to the international clan gathering at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus.

McAulays gather in Carrick to celebrate Scottish heritage

More than 150 people from around the world with variations of the name MacAulay have gathered in Carrickfergus.

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Magheramorne Silver Band at a previous Broadisland Gathering.

Festival anniversary score steals a march

A special march is being written to mark the 25th anniversary of the Broadisland Gathering festival in Ballycarry.

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Hollywood actor, Liam Neeson, is from Ballymena in Co. Antrim.

Co. Antrim accent voted 17th SEXIEST in Ireland

The Co. Antrim accent is officially the 17th sexiest accent in Ireland according to website lovin.ie.
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International Beer Day

QUIZ | It’s International Beer Day - do you know where in the world these beers are from?

Today (Friday, August 4) marks International Beer Day.

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Buckfast

New app for drinkers seeking bottle of ‘Bucky’

Local people who are fans of the popular tonic wine Buckfast can now use an app to find their nearest supplier of the tipple, at home or abroad.

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A tantalising 'first' for Larne and Northern Ireland.

NI Street Food Festival ‘first’ for Larne

The attractive surroundings of Larne Market Yard will be home next month to the first ever NI Street Food Festival.

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Clan chief Hector MacAulay.

Clan gathering draws MacAulays to Carrick

A Carrickfergus hotel is fully booked for only the second gathering outside of Scotland of the Clan MacAulay.

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The destroyed car.

Driver writes off new £200,000 Ferrari after one hour

A driver was left with more than damaged pride when he crashed his new £200,000 Ferrari an hour after buying it.
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First Communion dresses

Families spend more than £500 on child's First Holy Communion

Families spent an average of £538 on their child’s First Holy Communion this year – an increase of £39 on 2016 – Ulster Bank’s annual survey reveals today.
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Pound coins

This is when shops can start refusing your old £1 coins

The deadline for spending your old £1 coins is fast approaching with shops soon able to refuse to accept them.

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Members of Ballycarry WI join in the pageantry at a previous Broadisland Gathering.

Ballycarry appeals for pageant participants

Ballycarry Community Association is on the look out for pageant parade participants for the 25th annual Broadisland Gathering in September.

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