Read about the future plans for Slugger…

Eagle eyed readers might notice the banner at the top now says over 75,000 readers a month. Since the revamp a few months ago Slugger has been revitalised and is going from strength to strength. We have added over 20,000 new readers since the revamp! Slugger is also leading the way in breaking stories. This week alone several of our posts have been the top story on TalkBack, UTV News Etc.. Contributors Slugger is a team effort and we are …

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Photo of the day – UUP Election Poster

Another exhibit from the excellent museum at the Roddy McCorley Club Belfast. There is no date on the poster but I am guessing early 80’s? Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested …

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Photo of the day – Ian Paisley, Icon?

You may have seen various posters of Ian Paisley appearing in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast, Corporation St car parks Belfast, the Holylands Belfast, Ballycastle, Antrim and even London. They are by a local artist TLO. I asked him for some background to the work, this is his reply: I am an artist and the Doctored Paisley posters are from a series I made in response to the visual legacy of the Troubles and the cult of Paisley in particular. I wanted …

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Photo of the day – Father Eldred and Jack

Photo by Martin O’Connor, taken the 5th November 2014 Jack was abandoned near the Cistercian Monastery Portglenone and was taken in by the monks there. Jacks religious beliefs are unknown but he seems a very happy dog. His coat is the same colours as the habits of the Cistercians so that is a happy coincidence 🙂 Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing …

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Photo of the day – Newcastle, County Down

Photo by Barry McQueen, Taken on November 1, 2014 This gorgeous photo from Barry reminds us of the natural beauty we have in Northern Ireland. Tourism in NI is one tenth of what it is in the Republic. Imagine the boost to the economy if we had lasting peace and stability. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road …

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Photo of the day – Lurgan at night

Photo by Mark Ferguson, Taken on October 22, 2014 I have never been to Lurgan. I think it suffers the same bad reputation other towns with a hard L sound have. Larne being another example. What I do know is Mark’s photo makes it look absolutely lovely 🙂   Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, …

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Why lowering the Corporation Tax rate might be the biggest mistake Stormont ever makes…

Before reading this post please note I am not some raging lefty. I have worked for myself my whole life. I personally would benefit from a reduction in Corporation Tax, but as a citizen I think it is completely the wrong strategy. On the Nolan Show this morning it disclosed a DUP proposal to slash public sector jobs and use the savings to fund a cut in Corporation Tax. The idea is that this will boost private sector jobs and …

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Photo of the day – Remembrance Garden, East Belfast

Photo by Roger Bradley, Taken on November 1, 2014   Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring to write about big ideas in society. When not stuck in front of …

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Photo of the day – Strabane Halloween Fireworks Show 2014

Photo by  Gareth Wray, Taken on October 31, 2014 This stunning photo from Gareth, captures all the colour and splendour of last night fireworks in Strabane. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in …

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Photo of the day – Deli Dealer, St Georges Market

Photo by Davymac, Taken on October 25, 2014 St Georges Market Belfast is going from strength to strength and was recently named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities, beating off stiff competition from internationally renowned markets like Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Borough. A common complaint with tourists is that there is nothing to do in Belfast on a Sunday morning. Is it time for the market to open on Sunday morning? What do you think? …

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Photo of the day – Coffee with a cop

Photo by Glenn Jordan, taken at Costa Coffee, Holywood, Co. Down. I look forward to the pint with a peeler scheme. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring …

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Photo of the day – Travelling in style

  I passed this guy on the M1 motorway on Friday. I do hope he was holding on tight, they were going about 50mph. I was on a bus if you are curious. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of …

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Photo of the day – Colonel Gaddafi’s slippers

The Roddy McCorley Club in Belfast has a very interesting Museum containing a range of materials relating not only to our recent troubles but also previous Irish conflicts. One of the more bizarre exhibitions is a pair of Colonel Gaddafi’s slippers presented to none other than Joe Cahill. The museum is free and well worth a visit. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in …

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Photo of the day – Autumn leaves in Lurgan Park

Photo by  Mark Ferguson, Taken on October 18, 2014  As the nights darken and the temperature drops we ready ourselves for winter. Mark’s lovely photo shows the leaves changing to brown, but also the simple pleasure of walking the dog.       Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a …

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Do you love Larne?

On Monday night the BBC broadcast ‘True North – I Love Larne’ and it is fair to say the good people of Larne are not best pleased at how the show depicted them. The Larne Times Facebook post about it has over a 100 comments so far with gems like this: “Surely someone in council buildings should of vetted the content before airing. On the upside we now have 1 of the 7 wonders of the world on our doorstep. …

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Photo of the day – The Crown Bar

I found myself on the 12th floor of the Europa Hotel the other day, and I must say you get a great view of Belfast. For the tourists they have helpfully marked out relevant sites on the windows. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. …

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Photo of the day – The Crossfire Hurricanes

Photo by Neil Carey Where was this photo taken? A club in Soho? Nightclub in Manhattan? Er not quite, its Love & Death in Anne Street, Belfast. Local band The Crossfire Hurricanes have launched their début single ‘THE DEVIANT’. You can watch the video below. Best of luck lads 🙂   Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road …

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Photo of the day – Mourne Skyline Mountain Race

Photo by Billy Mol, Taken on October 18, 2014 Last Saturday over 120 runners took part in the gruelling Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race.  The Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race route comprises mainly of forest paths, fire roads and single track grass and granite trail, with approximately one mile on the road.  The course measures 35k and there is approximately 11,056ft of ascent and 11,024ft of descent.  The highest point was at 2,801ft and the lowest point was at Sea level. Basically you have to run up and …

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Photo of the day – Noodle Bar

Photo by: Roger Bradley, Taken on October 14, 2014 The history of the Chinese Community in Northern Ireland traces its roots to the early 1960s, when the first Chinese arrived here. Since this period their numbers have evolved progressively. Currently there are around 8000 Chinese resident in Northern Ireland, representing 51% of the total ethnic minority population. The Chinese community is currently the largest and most dispersed ethnic minority group living in the North. The majority of this community lives in the …

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Photo of the day – Gerry Anderson & Stormtrooper

Photo by David Reid, Taken on January 14, 2012  The thing about Gerry Anderson was we are not in the least bit surprised to see him in a photo with a Stormtrooper. His show was a surreal world of hypnotic chickens and phantom fake leather jacket salesmen, nothing he done could ever surprise us. Now we have nothing to talk us down from the ledge after Nolan depressing us all – we miss you Gerry. Last year Gerry wrote and narrated a film …

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