Irish castles that offer a royal welcome

With Ireland being famous for its historical castles and recent research from revealing that 43% of travellers are planning to stay in a new type of accommodation this year, there’s really never been a better time to check in to a rustic, royal abode. At the dawn of the new year, you can rest like a royal after enjoying the day in the fresh countryside, basking in the winter sunshine and taking in the spectacular Irish landscapes.

(L-R) Eugene McKeever, Founder, McKeever Hotel Group; Eddie McKeever, Operations Director, McKeever Hotel Group; Chinese Consul General Madame Zhang; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth; Suzanne McPhillips, Business Development Manager, McKeever Hotel Group

Chinese Consul General welcomed to Dunadry

Following a £4million investment, the four-star Dunadry Hotel and Gardens in conjunction with the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth welcomed Madame Zhang Meifang, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Belfast to discuss new opportunities to strengthen the relationships and connections between China and Northern Ireland. Mme Zhang said the visit was an important opportunity to showcase the area and everything it has to offer International visitors.

Northern Regional College lecturer Jackie Scott (right) with some of her Essential Skills students and former Thomas Cook employees (L-R) Jane, Moyra Morgan and Jennie Lyttle.

NRC acts to help former Thomas Cook employees upskill

A group of former Thomas Cook employees have undergone intensive IT training course at Northern Regional College to help improve their employability. NRC developed the fast-track IT course after being approached by cabin crew of the now-defunct travel operator.

Libby Henry (chairperson) and Bruce Holdstock  (vice-chairperson) presenting a bouquet of flowers to Jennie Watt, the 200th person to join the Ballymena U3A this year.

Ballymena U3A membership tops 200

Chairperson of Ballymena U3A Libby Henry and Bruce Holdstock (vice-chairperson) present Jennie Watt with a bouquet of flowers to mark her enrolment as the 200th member to join in the current year.

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