Mojo Mickybo comes to The Old Courthouse Theatre

Bruiser Theatre Company is proud to present their critically-acclaimed production of Mojo Mickybo by Belfast playwright, Owen McCafferty at The Old Courthouse, Antrim on Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 7.30pm.

Mojo Mickybo shows the friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless is ultimately destroyed by it.

“Belfast. The summer of 1970. The heat’s meltin’ the tarmac on the street, the buses are burning bright and punters are drinking petrol outta milk bottles”.

Mojo and his mate Mickybo are two nine-year-old boys from opposing sides of the sectarian divide. They are ‘thick as two small thieves’, playing headers, being mouthy, building huts, spitting from cinema balconies and re-enacting their favourite movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They are young cowboys in the making, with the violence of The Troubles only obliquely impacting on them – until finally their friendship is destroyed in a way that they only later come to understand.

This is pure, undiluted storytelling in Bruiser’s trademark dynamic physical style. Fast-paced, darkly funny and action-packed. The show is brought to life by two of our finest local actors, Michael Condron and Terence Keeley, who seamlessly slip in and out of multiple roles and imaginary worlds.

Mojo Mickybo unsentimentally portrays a kind of innocence betrayed by communal hatred, showing the harsh absurdity of sectarianism. Our young heroes, Mojo and Mickybo, represent the division of a benighted country that has spent a century at war with itself.

Bruiser Theatre Company are renowned for their fast-paced, energetic, and engaging performances. Under the meticulous direction of Lisa May, Mojo Mickybo is ready for a live audience following its successful online run while theatres remained closed.

Bruiser Theatre Company is delighted to be returning to live theatre, and proud to present this showcase of both Northern Ireland’s talent and complex history as our first piece of live theatre back after the easing of restrictions.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb said “I welcome the return of these great productions to our Theatres. This story of friendship between two nine-year old boys during the troubles will resonate with many us. I would like to wish Bruiser Theatre Company every success with their tour.”

Artistic Director, Lisa May said:

“We at Bruiser are very excited to be producing Mojo Mickybo. It flies at breakneck speed, is witty, darkly funny and searingly honest; perfect to explore in Bruiser’s bold physical style. To me, it feels like Owen McCafferty’s love letter to Belfast, warts and all, and shows how sectarian anger is so deeply buried into the psyche of those who have grown up during the troubles; it is passed on to generation after generation. Nostalgic yet damning, hilarious yet heartbreaking; Mojo Mickybo is sadly all too relevant for today’s audience, not just in Northern Ireland but around the world.”

Mojo Mickybo is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund. Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Acting Head of Drama, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support Bruiser Theatre Company thanks to The National Lottery players. This latest production tells a powerful story and demonstrates the value of the arts in shining a light on and opening discussion around difficult subjects, boasting Bruiser’s trademark physical and dynamic performance style. Owen McCafferty is one of NI’s most accomplished playwrights who’s work really makes the people, language, stories and experiences of this place burst to life and sing on stage and I would encourage everyone to get online and enjoy this terrific production.”

Slow Food Causeway Events Happening This March

Slow Cocoa

The Causeway Coast and Glens is Northern Ireland’s first accredited Slow Food destination, Taste Causeway, the collaborative network of local food and drink businesses was awarded the accolade by the global Slow Food Movement following a rigorous assessment process.

To launch and celebrate this prestigious award Taste Causeway is running a six month programme of events, dining experiences, tours and special menus.

With only one month left to go of Slow Food Causeway Events, the calendar is filled with a mixture of some familiar Slow Food favourites and new events.

Originally founded in Italy during the 1980s to combine the regional traditions with the slow pace of life. Since then, the Slow Food movement has evolved worldwide and hopes to preserve the ‘unique culinary heritage’ of NI. 

Taste Causeway is an accredited Slow Food destination, one of only a handful of destinations in Ireland to be awarded the accolade by the global Slow Food Movement.

Slow Food Causeway celebrates the unique food and drink culture of the Causeway Coast. 

Here are some Slow Food Causeway Events happening in March:

1. The Spirit of the Bann Tour with Causeway Coast Foodie Tours

Saturday 5th March, Thursday 17th March and Saturday 26th March, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

The award-winning Causeway Coast Foodie Tours are back this Spring with their very special ‘The Spirit of the Bann’ river whiskey tasting experience along the picturesque river.

‘The Spirit of the Bann’ along with White River Charters are hosting an afternoon full of exquisite whiskey flavours accompanied by an array of tasty award-winning local Slow Food produce. 

Where better to celebrate our unique Slow Food food and drink heritage than via a journey on the River Bann alongside the beautiful site of Mountsandel, Coleraine.

For more information click here.

2. Apple, Blackberry and Cinnamon Chutney Making Class

Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th March from 11:30am to 1pm

Learn how to make your own apple, blackberry and cinnamon chutney with Amanda Hanna from Jam at the Doorstep in her farmhouse kitchen. 

You will also get the opportunity to try some of the farm shop’s produce throughout the class e.g. drinking long meadow apple juice, having a cheese board using cheeses from the shop, sampling other chutneys that Amanda produces and finishing up with tea/coffee, cake/biscuits from the shop and Amanda’s own sticky toffee pudding and Morelli’s ice cream to finish. There will be time to have a browse around the farm shop and buy some local produce to take home with you. 

For more information click here.

3. Bread and Butter Pudding Class 

Saturday 19th March, 11:30am to 1pm

Learn how to make your own bread and butter pudding with Amanda Hanna from Jam at the Doorstep in her farmhouse kitchen. 

You will also get the opportunity to try some of the farm shop’s produce throughout the class e.g. drinking long meadow apple juice, having a cheese board using cheeses from the shop, sampling other chutneys that Amanda produces and finishing up with tea/coffee, cake/biscuits from the shop and Amanda’s own sticky toffee pudding and Morelli’s ice cream to finish. There will be time to have a browse around the farm shop and buy some local produce to take home with you. 

For more information click here.

4. Fermentation at Broughgammon 

Sunday 27th March, 11am-1pm

Interested in the art of fermentation?

Studies have shown that regularly eating fermented foods can promote healthy digestion, better mood, stronger immunity. 

So why not come along to Broughgammon Farm where guests will learn the basics of fermentation and put theory into practice making a variety of fermented foods including fermented pickles, kimchi and kombucha.

For more information click here.

5. Slow Food Coast & Country Tour with Causeway Coast Foodie Tours |SOLD OUT|

Saturday 12th March, 9:30am to 4pm

Come along to the second instalment of the Slow Food Tour to celebrate the very best of our award winning Slow Food and Drink producers.

Visit, learn and taste your way around the Causeway Coast on a luxury coach, led by Wendy Gallagher of Causeway Coast Foodie Tours.

The afternoon includes a delicious Slow Food lunch paired with local drinks.

This event is now sold out, but there are always more events available on our website: 

6. Slow Food Showcase at Benone Complex

Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th March

Let’s put Slow Food Causeway firmly on the map as a fantastic Slow Food Foodie destination.

From market stalls to tasting demos, there will be something for everyone to enjoy including a Taste Causeway showcase and special performances from Paula McIntryre.

Celebrate the Great Outdoors at Benone Tourist Complex with live music, NNCG Market, street food, picnic area, wild cooking, children’s activities as well as some activities on the beach.

For more information click here.

7. Slow Cocoa 

Wednesday 30th March at 7pm

Slow Food NI Director, Taste Causeway Ambassador and TV Chef Paula McIntyre will join The Chocolate Manor’s Chief Chocolatier, Geri Martin, to take guests through an exciting journey of savoury and sweet dishes, paired with the Causeway’s finest gin and whiskey. 

Guests will be introduced to Basalt Gin, the Causeway’s newest distillery, and founders James Richardson and Martha Gabe will be on hand to describe their unique distilling process.

Paula will introduce guests to Slow Food, through a selection of tantalising canapes and small plates, some of which will incorporate the indulgent single-origin chocolates available at The Chocolate Manor, and paired with either the Basalt Gin or Bushmills Whiskey

Guests will then explore the 5 steps to tasting chocolate, guided by chocolatier Geri, by savouring 10 sustainably sourced chocolates from across the globe, before sampling a selection of specially created gin and whiskey truffles and treats, handcrafted by The Chocolate Manor team in Castlerock.

For more information click here.

8. Mussenden Temple Exclusive Dining Experience | SOLD OUT |

Thursday 17th March, 7pm to 10:30pm

On arrival at Lions Gate, you will be warmly welcomed and guided towards your short walk under the stars through the Downhill Demesne to the steps of Mussenden Temple, where your evening experience awaits.  

As the temple doors open to the sound of the sea below, you are warmly welcomed by Claire from Mussenden Sea Salt and this iconic and incredible building, unspoilt by modern features, offering you an atmospheric and authentic dining experience.

The menu for the evening features local food producers, local Chef and embraces and offers a truly magical dining setting.

Music by Bri- Irish & Scottish traditional music.

This event is now sold out, but there are always more events available on our website: 

9. Mussenden Unwind 

Sunday 20th March, 4pm to 8:30pm

In celebration of the Spring equinox, Claire from Mussenden Sea Salt has teamed up with Clare McQuillan from Feasting on Weeds to bring you an evening of wild cooking, foraging and feasting on the beach. 

Sit back and relax to the rhythmic sound of the waves, feel the sand between your feet and watch the sun setting. There really is nothing quite like the feeling that the world has stopped for a moment as the luxury dining area embraces the elements, giving you a touch to outside dining. This evening will be the perfect opportunity to unwind in the elements after a busy week. 

For more information click here.

10. Slow Food Paella Cookery Class – Ocho Tapas

Saturday 5th March, 1pm

Embrace your inner Latina with an evening of paella making and sangria drinking at the award-winning Ocho Tapas Bistro in the heart of popular seaside resort, Portrush.

Start your evening with a glass of Cava, breadboard and dips, learn how to cook paella and sangria then sit back and enjoy what you’ve made.

For more information click here.

11. Rathlin Adventure with Ursa Minor | SOLD OUT |

Saturday 26th March, 10am to 5pm

Come with Ursa Minor Bakehouse to Northern Ireland’s northernmost point.

Travel to the majestic Rathlin island on the morning ferry where you will get up close and personal with the vast sealife.

Once you disembark, you will be treated to a spread of delicious croissants with tea and coffee in the beautiful Manor House.

After you dine, you’ll get your boots on for a walk to the east of the island to the stunning East Lighthouse to hear about the upcoming community project.

Then, on the journey back to the Manor House, you will have the opportunity to look for seals and dander along the embracing the refreshing breeze of the shore.

Upon your return, the expert team of bakers from Ursa Minor Bakehouse will treat you to an unique afternoon tea filled with warming soup, sourdough sandwiches and a selection of fresh cakes and pastries.

This event is now sold out, but there are always more events available on our website: 

12. Crimfeis; Foraging at White Park Bay

Saturday 5th March, 2pm to 5pm

Ciara (Ursa Minor) and Clare (Feasting on weeds) are back for another foraging walk, this time at beautiful White Park Bay.  Come with them as they explore the wonderful variety of spring plants and their culinary uses, as well as sampling a few.  They’ll talk about this ancient and special place, where our early ancestors would have been doing their own foraging! They’ll then find a cosy spot to enjoy some food, prepared in situ using the plants they’ve found and the season’s most beloved wild plant-Wild Garlic, honouring the ancient tradition of Crimfeis.

They have kindly been given permission by the National Trust and will highlight the importance of safe and responsible foraging as well as necessity to protect species rich places like White Park Bay.

For more information click here.

13. Ursa Minor Sourdough Class

Sunday 6th March, 9am to 5pm

Come and bake with Ursa Minor for the day and learn how to make your own loaves at home! 

This class covers 3 different types of bread, using both sourdough culture and yeast. You will be guided through the process from scratch, learning tips and tricks along the way.

With expert tutelage from Dara, Ursa Minor’s Head Baker, you’ll be shown how to make and look after your ‘mother’ (Sourdough starter!) methods of mixing and kneading and shaping styles. In this small class, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask your burning questions, chat about your love of bread and the beauty of gluten!

You’ll be full to the brim with bread and knowledge after a day of intense but fun teaching with notes, a starter and a dough scraper to get you set up at home!

For more information click here.

14. La Cena Club: Evening Hosted by Fidela Coffee Roasters

Saturday 12th March 7pm to 10pm

A Latino inspired 5 course tasting menu in collaboration with Fidela Coffee Roasters and The Butterfly and the Bear.

Enjoy the flavour of Ecuador and Colombia that Frank, one half of Fidela, grew up eating.

On the evening you will enjoy a curated four course taster menu from Butterfly and Bear, finished with a coffee sampling flight from Fidela Coffee Roasters.

Included in your ticket will be a complimentary home made sangria as well as a 180g bag of Fidela Coffee.

For more information click here.

15. Slow Food Tapas Cookery Class

Saturday 26th March at 12.30pm

Ocho Tapas are famed across the Causeway Coast and Glens for their unique take on Spanish tapas. Tapas are the embodiment of the Slow Food ethos, created from local produce and made by traditional cooking methods that have changed little over hundreds of years. 

This special slow food tapas cookery class, led by the Chefs at Ocho Tapas will teach you how to create these wonderful slow food delicacies at home, and show you a  whole new way of utilising our amazing Taste Causeway products.

For more information click here.

Taste Causeway is delivering Slow Food Causeway with funding from Tourism NI in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. 

For more information go to or follow the hashtags #SlowFoodCauseway and #TasteCauseway

The Slow Food Events are extremely popular and sell out in record time. Don’t be discouraged if you have missed out, there are more events coming very soon. 

To keep up to date, keep an eye on social media or go to the brand new website: 

13 Jobs In Hospitality & Tourism Recruiting Right Now Across Northern Ireland

Male chef garnishing his appetizer plate, ready to serve

Northern Ireland

Whether you are on a hunt for a job or looking for a career change, the hospitality and tourism industry has many opportunities for you. 

From front of house and housekeeping positions to customer services and management opportunities, you are sure to find a role that suits your experience and skill. 

As part of the Hospitality & Tourism Skills network (HATS) and Tourism NI partnership, you can now easily find opportunities that the industry has to offer on a central job portal.

Here are 13 Jobs In Hospitality & Tourism Recruiting Right Now Across Northern Ireland:

1.  Front Office Receptionist | Hastings Hotels Group | Co. Antrim



Join the team at The Ballygally Hotel as a front office receptionist to meet and greet guests at the hotel and to ensure an efficient, professional and friendly check-in / out process.

2. Marketing Executive | Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd| Co. Antrim


£24,970 – £33,293 per annum


ICC Belfast is recruiting for a marketing executive to take on B2C marketing across the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall brands to maximise the potential of the company’s entertainment offering. This is a data-driven role, with the aim of developing omni-channel marketing campaigns to deliver ticket sales in line with occupancy targets, as well as ensuring maximised income from footfall at the event.

3.  Visitor Experience Officer | RSPB | Co. Antrim

Fixed Term

£18,250 – £20,246 per annum

Rathlin Island 

RSPB Northern Ireland is looking for three team players with excellent people skills combined with a passion for connecting people with nature to work at RSPB Rathlin Island West Lighthouse and Seabird Centre, RSPB’s most awesome visitor attraction and most successful people engagement reserve in Northern Ireland.

4.  Cocktail Bar Manager | Beannchor | Co. Antrim


Merchant Hotel Belfast is looking for an experienced hospitality professional to join their award-winning Cocktail Bar and its team on the next stage of its journey. The ideal candidate will use their creativity, innovation and skill to elevate our iconic bar to new heights while maintaining its outstanding reputation as a world-class Cocktail Bar.

5. Spa Therapist | Slieve Donard Resort and Spa | Co. Down



The Slieve Donard is recruiting for a Spa Therapist to join their team, offering a bespoke, hand-crafted hospitality experience designed for travellers embarking upon a once-in-a-lifetime visit. 

6.  Store Manager | Caffe Nero | Co. Down

Up to £25,000 per annum + benefits


Join the team at Caffe Nero, as Store Manager and take ownership of your own store, grow and develop your own team, provide great customer service and the best standards of coffee and food.

7. Accommodation Assistant | Dalata Group | Co. Derry



A fantastic new vacancy opened up for an Accommodation Assistant in the excellent Maldron Hotel Derry. Duties include preparing rooms for guests and ensuring general areas are maintained to the highest standard.

8.  Chef | Aramark Food Services | Co. Down



Aramark Food Services is currently recruiting for a Chef to join their team in Lisburn to support the Head Chef with the leadership and management of the entire kitchen brigade. 

9.  Cleaning Operative | Mount Charles Group | Co. Antrim

Part-Time Permanent



Mount Charles are recruiting for a Cleaning Operative to join their cleaning team at Montgomery Road Greater Belfast to provide cleaning services of a high standard.

10.  Customer Service | Oasis Retail Services Ltd. | Co. Antrim


£6.56 – £8.91/ hour


Oasis Retail Services, Northern Ireland’s leading Casino experience provider are recruiting for a full-time customer service role. The role includes ensuring high levels of housekeeping and presentation throughout the whole location and the delivery of high standards of service and hospitality at all times.

11.  Food & Beverage Manager | Staffline | Co. Armagh



Staffline is looking for a Food & Beverage Manager with experience in Food and Beverage management. The candidate will lead the operational and financial success of food and beverage within their busy Bars and Deli operation.

12.  Financial Controller | James Webber Recruitment | Co. Down


£55000 – £56000 per annum + wider company benefits

Poyntzpass, Newry

James Webber Recruitment is looking for a Finance Controller to take overarching responsibility for a large busy resort. The Financial Controller will oversee a large hotel that generates revenues of IRO £18+ and work closely with the GM to steer the commercial decisions for the sites, maximising all opportunities to drive revenues to the bottom line.

13.  Casual Bar/Waiting & Events Staff | Alchemy Recruitment Solutions| Co. Antrim


£7.50 – £9.00/ hour (paid weekly)


Alchemy Recruitment Solutions are looking to increase their bank of Casual staff to fill the growing needs of their well-established client base. Duties can vary depending on the venue but will include Bar, Food & Beverage Service, VIP service, Retail, Portering and Kitchen duties.

If you are interested in any of these positions make sure you apply NOW! For more opportunities, go to #CountMeIn

Graduates Are Gaining Access To Jobs With Pioneering Disability Employment Project

GradEmployNI Programme participants Jade Hamill and Zahra Baz

Graduates are kick starting their careers in some of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses and turning the tide of poor unemployment rates for people with disabilities.

Leading charity Leonard Cheshire are reaching out to talented university graduates with disabilities who are signing up for the pioneering GradEmployNI Programme which is placing university leavers with leading businesses in paid placements.

The scheme was launched in a bid to turn the tide of poor unemployment rates for fully qualified graduates with disabilities in Northern Ireland, with just a 38 per cent employment rate for this group compared to the national employment rate of 80 per cent for individuals who do not have disabilities.

Top businesses including Excalibur Press, leading charity Bolster Community, media and software developer Ethel Care are among the first to help launch the careers of ambitious graduates who traditionally struggle to get a fair chance of employment despite being fully equipped with the skills, qualifications, and ambition to thrive in the workplace.

Many graduates who have applied for GradEmployNI have hidden disabilities like epilepsy, depression, anxiety, diabetes and Crohn’s, among many others and are being welcomed by top business tailored to their career goals.

The project – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – is being delivered by Leonard Cheshire with Ulster University Business School, who are providing additional workplace training for the successful applicants to empower the individuals to launch their work placements with the skills to thrive in the workplace.

Jade Hamill, 22, is kick starting her career with leading media business Excalibur Press where she is aiming to pursue her dream career as a journalist. 

She explained: “I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 16 and it reached the point where I was having chronic seizures which caused Severe fatigue and short-term memory loss.

“Throughout University it was a real struggle. In the first year I was having a seizure once a month and by final year I could be having seizures as much as four times a month.

“Despite the huge impact it was having on my life I was adamant that it was not going to affect who I was, what I wanted to become and what I wanted to achieve – although at times this seemed almost impossible.

“The physical impact that the condition takes on your body was the biggest challenge. But I just pushed on and refused to give in and last September I graduated from the University of Plymouth in English and Creative writing.

“I applied for a place on GradEmployNI and when I received the call from Leonard Cheshire to inform me that I had been placed with Excalibur Press it was an incredible moment.

“I feel like I’ve been given a golden opportunity to launch my career in journalism with a business that understands my condition and will help me thrive and achieve my goals.

“Leonard Cheshire have been so supportive and understanding from the moment I made contact with them and Excalibur Press is the perfect match for me to pursue my career ambitions.”

Employer Tina Calder, founder and director of Excalibur Press said she was delighted to be able to offer positions at the growing agency.

She explained: “As soon as I heard about the programme I offered to host a graduate. 

I have personal experience of disability in my family and know how difficult that can make it for young people to go to an interview or be successful at an interview.

“The GradEmployNI scheme is a fantastic way to engage with young talent and I’m delighted to be able to show our support for the amazing work of Leonard Cheshire.”

Graduates with all kinds of disabilities, including hidden disabilities, are being encouraged to apply for the GradEmployNI scheme by visiting

GradEmployNI’s Programme Manager Roisin McDermott said the project has received a diverse range of applications: “Talented graduates who have been though a tough time with their physical or mental health are getting access to work experience, without having to go through an interview process, which can be very daunting, particularly to anyone who suffers from anxiety or confidence issues.

“These individuals have the qualifications and ambitions, and we are matching them with business partners who we are also supporting to improve inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.”

“Successful graduates are placed with a business partner for four months in paid employment at no cost to the company. It is a very positive step forward in boosting the employment rate for graduates with disabilities or health conditions in Northern Ireland, which is currently the lowest in the UK.”

“We still have a number of places left on the programme and are inviting graduates with all kinds of disabilities, including hidden disabilities or conditions that have affected their ability to work, to sign up and open the door to opportunity to start paid work in positions in a career tailored to them.”

To apply for a place on the GradEmployNI programme visit:

Tourism NI Hosts Annual Meeting for Inbound Tour Operators

(L-R) Ruth Andrews ITOA CEO, Des Annett, ITOA President, and John McGrillen, CEO Tourism NI

Tourism NI hosted the first face to face Annual General Meeting (AGM) for ITOA (Incoming Tour Operators Association) Council Members since 2020 at the Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort in Ballymena over the weekend.

This year’s hosting of the AGM has been made possible through the Tourism Recovery Action Plan and was held between February 18 to 20 bringing together senior executives from nearly 30 member companies as well as representatives from the main tourism agencies across Ireland such as Tourism Northern Ireland, Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, NITA and ITIC.

Guests participated in a range of meetings and engaged with local cultural experiences marking a significant step in the recovery of tourism post pandemic on the island of Ireland.

John McGrillen, CEO at Tourism NI said: “Our relationship with ITOA not only creates a unique space for our local tourism providers to generate valuable business connections, but also offers a unique opportunity for industry to tap into a global distribution network.

“International visitors are crucially important to our local economy and our partnership with ITOA will play a huge role in supporting our industry as it continues to recover.

“As tourism and travel opens up across the globe, there will be fierce competition from other destinations. Our partnership with ITOA will be an essential part of our sales effort to ensure Northern Ireland is kept front of mind and featured in future itineraries.”

The weekend is expected to showcase Northern Ireland as an attractive destination to both the international tourism market and to an influential group of tour operators whose visitors in 2019 accounted for €565m spent on the island of Ireland, of which Northern Ireland accounted for 10%.

Tourism NI is dedicated to working closely with ITOA to promote the additional programming of Northern Ireland on the members’ itineraries especially this year as the sector aims to make a full recovery attracting tourism both locally and internationally. 

In 2019, pre-pandemic, members of ITOA delivered £496 million (€595m) of business and 743,500 promotable visitors to the island of Ireland, making the association a vital part of the growth of the tourism industry in Northern Ireland.

Des Annett, President of ITOA said: “We are delighted to be having our first ITOA in-person meetings after two years in Northern Ireland at the Galgorm Hotel Resort and Spa.  Where better to experience first hand the wonderful hospitality and to have a flavour of the terrific experiences that await our returning overseas visitors in 2022.  

“Tourism Northern Ireland have kept ITOA members and the NI industry connected during the pandemic by facilitating the ITOA workshop virtually and supporting our members’ sales and marketing activities too.  

“As we get back to business in 2022, ITOA members look forward to working with NI industry and embracing that Giant Spirit to welcome overseas visitors across the island of Ireland which is key to what we sell and promote across the globe.”

This event is funded through the Tourism Recovery Action Plan (TRAP). 

For more information go to 

An Evening Of Fine Dining And Theatre At Magheramorne Estate

Magheramorne Estate in County Antrim

Taking centre stage in the tranquil setting of Magheramorne Estate, renowned chef Paula McIntyre MBE and internationally acclaimed Big Telly Theatre Company will take guests on a gastronomic journey filled with delicious local food, storytelling and live sounds.

The Captain’s Feast: Flavours and Folklore will run for two nights beginning on February 25 situated in the legendary coastal estate in Magheramorne, County Antrim, a popular venue for weddings, corporate events and special occasions due to its sweeping formal gardens and impressive views across Larne Lough. 

Over the course of the evening, guests will first be welcomed by a sparkling glass bubble reception and then led to the elegantly designed ballroom where they will taste the quality flavours of the five course luxury menu designed by Paula and in-house catering, Jane’s Kitchen.

Based on the modern Irish renaissance cooking style, Jane’s Kitchen have been at the top of the hospitality sector for years due to their dedication to serving up excellent quality food and they provide catering for all dining and events that take place at the County Antrim estate.

Sara Allen, Head Chef at Jane’s Kitchen said: “The Captain’s Feast is a truly unique and immersive dining experience that will blow guests away and create everlasting memories for everyone.

“I am delighted to be working alongside Paula to bring together our culinary skills to delight guests in every aspect of our menu.”

Drawing on the coastal surroundings, Paula explained how the menu will feature some special sea inspired ingredients and references to the stories from the past.

“At the Magheramorne Captain’s Feast visitors can expect a delicious range of local produce including seaweed, some smoky rum, seafood, chestnuts and gold” she said.

“The courses will delicately weave in the history and heritage of the local area, an example being the story of the Spanish Armada sailor who was buried in Cairncastle with a chestnut in his pocket.

“Diners at the Captain’s Feast will be truly immersed in a journey of the senses.”

Guests also have the opportunity to upgrade their ticket and take full advantage of their visit to the Victorian estate and add on a relaxing overnight bed and breakfast stay in one of the deluxe bedrooms which boast magnificent views of the grounds.

This event has been funded by Tourism NI COVID Market Led Product Development Programme 2021-22.

Tickets for The Captain’s Feast: Flavours and Folklore on February 25 and 26 are £85 per person, overnight packages are also available. Book now at

About Paula McIntyre:

Having trained in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, Paula McIntyre MBE has dominated the Northern Irish food scene and is now the Slow Food Director of Northern Ireland. 

Specialising in fine dining and catering for events, Paula is a regular attendee to events such as Balmoral Show, Glenarm Castle Festival and Flavours of Foyle Seafood Festival.  

Last year, Paula presented her own TV programme on BBC which was filmed on the Causeway Coast, taking the area’s stunning landscape and local food provenance to a new audience. 

Paula is also an established food writer and has a regular Saturday morning radio slot on Radio Ulster featuring her favourite recipes and food stories. 

About Magheramorne Estate:

Designed in 1878 by Samuel P Close, the impressive Magheramorne Estate was built for  Sir James Hogg to mark his rise to the peerage of Baron Magheramorne in 1880 and is now an exclusive venue that can be used for special occasions, corporate events and weddings.

Nestled in the woodland of Magheramorne, the venue is near the seaside town of Larne and is just 23 miles from Belfast.

The family business specialises in providing an excellent hospitality experience and welcomes everyone to the private Victorian estate with over 40 acres of stunning grounds.

Additional information: 

Evening starts at 7pm

25th and 26th February 2022£85 per person

Pathways Get the Green Light at Valley Park

Pedestrians and cyclists will soon enjoy new and upgraded shared use paths within the Valley Park and Glas- na-Braden Glen.

Pedestrians and cyclists will soon enjoy new and upgraded shared use paths within the Valley Park and Glas- na-Braden Glen

It’s a major boost for outdoor recreation in the area with an investment of £98,000 to develop the path network. The project has been part funded by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council contributing £14,700 and a further £83,300 coming from DAERA’s Environment Challenge Fund.

Improvements to both the existing and new paths will see 3m wide walkways connect the west side of the Valley Park into Glas-na-Braden Glen. From there the route will then lead walkers and cyclists on a journey to explore the shores of Belfast Lough at Gideon’s Green and Hazelbank Park.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said, “The Greenway Project will create a safer, more accessible route for cyclists and walkers and encourage more people to get outdoors and live an active, healthy lifestyle.

With the new path, you can take yourself away from the busy traffic congestion, get on your bike and enjoy the views of the local area.”

The Council are also planning to develop safe shared path connections between Mallusk/Hightown to the Antrim Road with improvements at Scullions Road creating a safe route around Sandyknowes roundabout.

Musicon Entertainment presents The Iconettes & the Hitzvilles

The producers of sell out Abba tribute show – The Bjorn Identity now bring you, The Iconettes & The Hitzvilles with the sounds of Motown & Soul to Theatre at The Mill at the end of this month.

This exciting Motown musical homage pays tribute to the best ‘girl groups’ and ‘solo artistes’ of this classic era. Featuring your favourite hits from The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Crystals as well as honouring the soulful sounds of female artists; Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner & Aretha Franklin. There is no comparison to this band, vocally versatile with sublime ‘power-house’ vocals, combined with the glamour of the 60’s. as they deliver stunning harmonies 100% live, publicly appraised and applauded after regular featured guest spots on BBC’s Radio Ulster – Gerry Kelly show, The Ticket and BBC Talk Back.

The Iconettes perform an entertaining yet musically brilliant show leaving you no choice but to get off your seats and go ‘Dancing in the Street’.

“Amazing performance tonight at Theatre at The Mill. Non stop hit after hit . Great interaction with the Audience . A show not to be missed!” – Brenda Mitchell

“The Iconettes and The Hitzvilles were outstanding! I know Musicon Entertainment is very professional and versatile in their shows but everything about tonight’s show at Theatre at The Mill was simply fabulous.” – Phillip Hall

25 FEB 2022                                                                                                            Theatre at the Mill, Mossley Mill                                                                               Tickets: £18.50                                                                                                            Box Office Tel: +44 (0) 28 9034 0202

Fun for Everyone this Mid-Term

Beat the mid-term break boredom with fun activities for £1 in Antrim Forum, Crumlin, Sixmile and the Valley leisure centres from Monday 14 – Friday 18 February.

The fun-filled programme features swimming, soft play, racquet sports, football and a bouncy castle.  MORE members can enjoy these activities as part of their membership. Parents/guardians are encouraged to book soft play sessions online via the Council website or citizen’s app.

Also this mid-term Theatre at The Mill is hosting a thrilling production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from 17-20 February and an exhibition of Roald Dahl’s classic, ‘The BFG in Pictures.’ which runs until 25 February.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said, “There’s lots of activities to entertain the children across the borough this mid-term. It’s a great way for our young people to exercise, socialise and have fun together. Our leisure centres have programmed a variety of sports, giving children a chance to try something new.”

For all mid-term activities visit

Transformational Coach Deborah King To Deliver Goal Setting Vision Board Workshop

Transformational coach Deborah King has announced the first event in a series of goal setting and personal development webinars for 2022.

Her event Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Cosmically Creating The Life You Want will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, February 22 at 7.30pm.

The vision board session is for people who want to get clear on their goals and focus on practical ways they can create the change they want in any area of their life or business. The workshop is also tailored for new and/or small business owners who are open to considering alternative goal setting methods for their business development and growth.

According to Deborah, who is a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and an advocate of the Law of Attraction teachings, participants in the workshop will get a clear understanding of what a vision board is and how to use it in their life to create practical changes in themselves and their lives.

“My intention is that you will learn something new, be inspired and motivated about attaining your current goals and have some fun along the way,” said Deborah.

For Deborah, who is also a speaker, Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis and a Reiki teacher, the session will, in many cases, redefine what people think a vision board is.

She explained: “Many people have heard of the concept of Vision Boards and think it is just a pretty way of making posters to express their goals and desires. They may call it ‘positive thinking’ and believe that it’s maybe a bit too wishy washy or woo woo to really make much of a difference in their lives.

“I can say categorically, that this is not the case.

“Everything in our lives is affected by our subconscious beliefs, our upbringing, what we have been taught growing up, our own families limiting beliefs and more.

“I have witnessed, first hand the power of vision boards and how they have helped me attract things into my life, many things which I worked towards getting, but also many things that came to me as a shock and a surprise when I wasn’t expecting it and often thought was impossible to achieve at the time.  

“As well as providing focus and clarity, vision boards can be harnessed to work in alignment with our subconscious beliefs to attract things to us and bring changes that we want in our lives, quicker and easier than we may think is logically possible.”

In Deborah’s session Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Cosmically Creating The Life You Want she will cover all the basic concepts and tools attendees need to develop their vision board for successful results.

Deborah added: “We will also work on how to get clear on what to put on your board and what NOT to put on it, the reasons you may not be getting what you want and even use some meditation techniques to help get you into the right space mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Cosmically Creating The Life You Want with Deborah King takes place on Tuesday, February 22 at 7.30pm.

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