Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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Robin Swann to contest South Antrim against Paul Girvan…

Robin Swann will attempt to take the seat from DUP’s Paul Girvan at the next general election. From Suzanne Breen in the BelTel: In a surprise move, the former health minister is to shift from North Antrim to try to unseat DUP MP Paul Girvan in the neighbouring constituency. The UUP believes Mr Girvan is vulnerable. The party won the seat in 2015, but lost it two years later and was 3,000 votes behind the DUP in the last Westminster …

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all is doomed / renewed hope. Choose your own adventure…

person sitting near bonfire surrounded by trees

Did anyone else ever read those Choose Your Own Adventure books when they were a kid? If you want to walk down the dark passageway, turn to page 127. Well, it seemed a bit like that at the moment. Depending on who you listen to, Stormont is doomed, or hope still remains. In the negative camp, Brian Rowan shared the exasperation shared by many: At last the conversation has come to the point: Is power sharing finished?The question asked by …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. 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 …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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“This year will be harder than last year. On the other hand, it will be easier than next year…”

trail in snow

I love this quote from a Brian Feeney column last week: In 1967 Enver Hoxha, the Albanian Stalinist dictator, said in his new year message: “This year will be harder than last year. On the other hand, it will be easier than next year.” Inspirational stuff indeed. A few tweets give a good overview of all that is not well on the good ship Northern Ireland. As you may have noticed we woke up to a blanket of snow. Good …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. 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 …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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Belfast murder. Suspected linked to drug gangs…

purple and black plastic bottle

Just last week, we were celebrating the fact that there were no security-related deaths in NI for the first time since records began. But only 9 days into the new year, that streak has been broken with the shooting of Kevin Conway in Belfast on Tuesday night. Alison Morris in the BelTel says he may be the 7th victim of a dissident republican hitman. From her article: A dissident republican hitman may have claimed his seventh victim with the murder …

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In the media, as in life. No ones is irreplaceable…

man in black crew neck t-shirt standing in front of people

Remember when RTÉ told us that they had to pay massive salaries to talent like Ryan Tubridy or they would lose them to rivals? It turns out those ‘stars’ may not have been worth as much as their agents made out. Reports estimate Tubridy’s new annual salary of between £50,000 to £80,000 with Virgin Radio for his new show there. Locally, our own best-paid ‘star’ Stephen Nolan is enjoying a well-earned rest in America. But I do wonder if he …

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DUP and Sinn Féin accused of “shameless carve-up” over funding cut for disabled kids…

Excellent reporting from Brendan Hughes over at the BBC: A Belfast charity for children with special needs has had its proposed council funding increased after facing a potential cut of 97%. Sólás is set to receive about £308,000 for a building project following a decision on Monday night. It was originally earmarked for £800,000. However, there was a political row over proposals to reduce its allocation to £24,744 and share the rest among other community groups. Other parties on Belfast …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. 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 …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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How to write, and why you should…

MacBook Pro near white open book

I know it is a bit quiet this week on Slugger. We are still in the post-Christmas slump. Also, many of us got struck down by the various lurgy over Christmas. Regular service should resume next week. I thought I would use the quiet to put out an appeal for new writers. If you have ever fancied writing a post for Slugger, now is the time to try it. Can I make a particular reference to the comments? To be …

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Here be dragons…

dragon display

2024 is the year of the dragon. I was born in a dragon year, and supposedly I am confident, intelligent, and ambitious. Also passionate and energetic. I guess it would also explain my occasional habit of flying over small villages and vapouring random residents. Anyway, this was brought to mind when I saw this fabulous dragon drone show of a dragon. How cool is this? When does the world decide fireworks to be outlawed, this will be the replacement. 1500 …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. 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 …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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Bits and pieces…

a close up of an old fashioned typewriter

There is lots of small stories out there, so I thought I would shove them all into one post. Are you unity curious? The big hunka hunka burning love that is Jamies Doran is. From the BelTel: Jamie Dornan has revealed he would be “very intrigued” to know what a united Ireland would mean for health, education and the economy. The Holywood-born actor said he was “very open-minded” to the idea of it. In an interview with the Radio Times, …

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Open Christmas Day chat…

brown deer plush toy

In the spirit of the famous 1914 Christmas Truce of WW1, I ask that you avoid our usual divisive subjects, we want to give the mods a well-earned rest. You can chat about what you are up to today, memories of Christmas past, what books you are reading, or TV shows you are enjoying. Whatever you like. On behalf of the Slugger team, I wish you a Happy and safe Christmas. Let’s hope next year will be better for everyone. …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. 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 …

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