15/02/2019

Other News In Brief

Police Probe Sudden Death Of Man In Belfast City Centre

Police are investigating the sudden death of a man in Belfast City Centre.

His body was found today, Friday 15 February in Keylands Place and officers are probing the circumstances surrounding his death.

It is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

Game Of Thrones Tree From Dark Hedges Up For Auction

Game of Thrones fans are in with a chance to bag themselves a unique souvenir from the popular show- a 200-year-old tree that once stood on the famous Dark Hedges.

The ancient tree was uprooted during stormy weather earlier this month, and a local farmer has opted to put it up for sale.

Bids have come in from Australia and China, but with no reserve price it's unclear just how much fans are willing to pay.

The famous avenue was used to represent the King's Road in the fantasy drama series and has since been established as one of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions.

The tree will be sold through private treaty to the highest bidder.

Anyone interested can contact Daniel McAllister and Son Auctioneers and Estate Agents on 028 2177 1227.

Hotel Developers Invited To Bid For Lisburn City Centre Project
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Hotel developers are being invited to bid for a redevelopment project in Lisburn city centre.

A former car park in Castle Street will be redeveloped into a new hotel, with a minimum of 80 bedrooms.

Chairman of the Council's Development Committee, Alderman William Leathem, said: "The redevelopment of the site is part of the city's wider regeneration scheme which will see significant investment to increase the tourism offering and bed provision as well as aiming to attract more visitors to the area who will spend more in the local economy.

"The hotel landscape in Northern Ireland and in particular in Belfast has changed significantly but it's now time for developers to see the potential of investing in neighbouring locations to our capital. This has recently been demonstrated with the announcement that the Beannchor Group will develop a £4 million 4* hotel in Lisburn Square later this year, subject to Planning Approval. There is a confidence that Lisburn Castlereagh is on the cusp of significant growth and I have no doubt that this city centre hotel will be a great asset to the area, benefiting residents, businesses and visitors alike."

Potential developers will complete a pre-qualification questionnaire for the development of the site.

The hotel is expected to be fully operational by 2022.

(JG/CM)


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