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Belfast Goes Blues

The Belfast Blues Festival returned to for its third outing at the weekend, featuring Sherman Robertson, (pictured) one of the world's top ranked blues guitar players whose distinctive vocals have been at the forefront of the blues scene around the world. Taking place in the Cathedral Quarter of the City, it ran over the August bank holiday weekend and also included Northern Ireland's local blues musicians, along with other great blues acts from England, Scotland and Ireland taking to stages throughout Belfast City centre. See: Local Artists Star At Blues Fest

Too Loud!

A woman has been fined £250 for playing loud music at her north Belfast apartment. Selena Duffy, from Antrim Close, was also ordered to pay court costs of £72 after she ignored a warning notice, issued by Belfast City Council, about causing a noise disturbance on April 22, in a prosecution that was brought by Belfast City Council.

Strongmen Funded
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The NI Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has shown his 'strength of character' and made an award of £5,000 to promote the UK Strongest Man - Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend that was held outside the Odyssey complex over the Bank Holiday weekend. The money came from the Laganside Events Grant Scheme a funding programme aimed at encouraging a wide range of events in the Laganside area. The DUP Minister said: "This grant made an important contribution in terms of showcasing the Laganside area as a prime site for premier events such as this UK Strongest Man competition."

Frauds In Court

Two people were convicted at Londonderry Magistrates' Court recently for claiming benefits they were not entitled to. Danielle McLaughlin, 28, of Good Shepherd Glen, Londonderry was given 100 hours community service and ordered to pay court costs of £30 for failing to declare employment while claiming Job Seekers Allowance totalling £2,017. Nora McDonagh, 40, of Carnhill, Londonderry was given four months imprisonment suspended for three years and ordered to pay court costs of £37 for failing to declare capital while claiming Income Support totalling £12,333. Both are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security Agency.


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27 July 2011
Belfast Has Got The Blues Festival
The Belfast Blues festival returns to Belfast this August for its third outing, featuring the much-loved journeyman Sherman Robertson. Robertson (pictured) is one of the world's top ranked blues guitar players and with his distinctive honey and cigar vocals, has been at the forefront of the blues scene around the world.
25 October 2011
Residents Celebrate City Airport Court Ruling
A previous decision to allow a virtual free-for-all on passenger numbers at George Best Belfast City Airport has been quashed at the High Court.
14 January 2011
Body Of Michaela McAreavey Arrives Home
The body of Michaela McAreavey has now arrived home to Northern Ireland. Members of the Harte and McAreavey families met with the plane carrying her body at George Best Belfast City Airport. Michaela, 27, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled on Monday while on honeymoon.
16 January 2013
£300,000 Funding For Belfast Community Projects
£300,000 of grant funding has been released to facilitate community events in Belfast city centre. Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland announced the Belfast City Centre Events and Community Activity Grants schemes in a bid to encourage arts, cultural and community events in the city.
23 July 2009
Belfast 'Twelfth' Was Shopping Hit
Initial feedback on the commercial impact of Belfast shops being open over the traditional 'Twelfth' celebration has been excellent. This year's event, titled 'Orangefest' on 13 July witnessed Belfast city centre shops opening on the day of the parades for the first time.