Ireland and slavery, then and now, free event…

We know that Ireland like most countries in Western Europe got caught up in the 18th-century slave trade and Irish merchants could benefit from the produce of the West Indies. Belfast was not exempt. The wealthy businessman Waddell Cunningham had a plantation in the Caribbean (called Belfast !) to take just one example. However there was a formidable opposition to slavery among the citizens of the growing late-18th century town, often involving radically-minded women – and a welcome was given … Read more

Free event: Civil Rights 50 years on – An Historical Perspective – Wed 18th April 18…

Join us for a panel discussion with historians Dr Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University, Professor Tom Hennessey, Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan Chaired by Dr Eamon Phoenix. Date: Wednesday the 18th April 2018, 7pm. Location: Ulster Museum, Belfast. Tickets are free but register below so we can plan numbers: Brian O'NeillI help keep the good ship Slugger afloat by managing the business and techy stuff. My day job is creating websites and software. My … Read more

Join us for our live event ‘Reasons to be cheerful – 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement’…

Join the Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey of Northern Ireland, local motivational speaker Alex Kane and Irish News happiness correspondent Allison Morris for a night of positivity. We can’t promise firewalks or group hugs but we can promise you a great night of debate and entertainment as we find reasons to be cheerful 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement. Date: Tuesday the 10th of April 2018. Doors open 6:45pm, event starts: 7:15pm Venue: The Dark Horse Bar, Belfast. … Read more

Get your free tickets for Reflections on 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights 1968-2018…

Join Nelson McCausland, Austin Currie, Erskine Holmes and other guests to be confirmed as they reflect on the anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Movement. The chair for the evening will be Allison Morris, from the Irish News. On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement this event to explore civil rights then and now, consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance of the issues which it addressed and the … Read more

Book your free tickets for the launch of the Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Programme with a keynote address from poet Michael Longley…

The broad-based 50th Anniversary of  Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, chaired by Professor Paul Arthur, wish to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights in a sober, inclusive and reflective way. We want to seek to learn from what happened, to consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance of the issues which it addressed and the ideals which underpinned it. You are invited to attend the following events. All events are free but … Read more

Making the Slugger site and our live events accessible to all…

I made a bit of a blunder last week planning our  ‘The drugs don’t work – our over medicated society…’ event for this Monday night. Upstairs in the Harp Bar is a lovely room but it has one major issue – there are steps up to the room and no lift access. When a reader enquired with the Bar about disabled access I realised my mistake.  So to make sure our events are open to all I am switching this Monday’s event … Read more

Get your tickets for the 2017 Slugger End of Year Review on Monday the 18th December…

Join us for an evening of debate and entertainment as we look back on the political year in 2017. Our panel of speakers is sure to provide lively conversation and analysis. Never mind the Christmas shopping, this will be far more entertaining. Following the success of previous years, we are pleased to bring back our End of Year Review Show for the fourth year. Our venue is The Dark Horse Bar, across the road from the Duke of York Bar in … Read more

Brexistentialist Crisis? – Get your free tickets for our live event on Mon 6th November…

Brexit: Northern Ireland in a changing world With the UK withdrawal from the EU drawing closer, there has never been a bigger appetite for information on how negotiations are progressing and what the implications are for every aspect of life here in Northern Ireland and across the rest of the UK. It’s more than six months since Article 50 was triggered, but the government is still being accused of not having a plan, of internal division and of not being … Read more

Get your free tickets for Pints & Prose. Tony MacAuley discusses his new book Little House on the Peace Line…

Monday 23 October 2017 | 7:15PM | The Dark Horse Bar, Belfast Join us for a conversation with Tony MacAuley about his new book ‘Little House on the Peace Line’. Tony grew up in the 1970s at the top of the Shankill Road an experience that has shaped his life and inspired his writing. Following successful spells as a paperboy and a breadboy, he has gone on to spend more than thirty years working for peace and reconciliation both in Northern … Read more

Get your tickets for Pints & Prose. Malachi O’Doherty discusses his new biography of Gerry Adams…

Monday the 18th September – 7:15pm – The Dark Horse Bar, Belfast. Join us for a conversation with journalist Malachi O’Doherty about his new biography of the Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Your host for the evening will be Alan Meban. ‘Loathed, loved, terrorist to some, brilliant political strategist to others – what do we make of Gerry Adams? Malachi O’Doherty, one of Northern Ireland’s most fearless journalists and writers, has gone further than anyone else to disentangle it all in this … Read more

Join us on the 15th of June for Slugger’s Big 15th Birthday Bash!

15 years eh? Where does the time go? 35,934 Posts and 906,699 Comments later Slugger is still going strong. Join us in the Duke of York Bar to celebrate our Birthday. There will be food! There will be booze! There will be cake! There will be Tim McGarry! There will be a tired and emotional Mick Fealty! Tickets are free but to give us an idea of numbers please so register if you would like to go: Brian O'NeillI help keep … Read more

To celebrate the launch of our new Slugger TV show, we’re giving you the chance to win free tickets to our live election event this Thursday

It is a busy week at Slugger. Tonight the first episode of our new Slugger TV Show goes out on NVTV. You can watch it on Freeview Channel 7 or Virgin Media Channel 159, we will also be putting the video online tomorrow. It will be on tonight at 22:45, and will be repeated on Thursday at 19:45, Saturday at 19:15 and Sunday at 22:45. Also this Thursday we have our live pre-election event in the Dark Horse. Join Alex Kane, Chris … Read more

Join us for Slugger’s Big Election Punt event on Thurs the 1st of June…

What an exciting year for politics. As we face yet another election join us to discuss the runners and riders in the race for seats. Who are the favourites? Who will be neck and neck? Who will be trailing the pack? Brexit, the impending collapse of the Labour Party and decades of Tory rule. Not to mention President Trump. Join our expert panel to discuss all these issues and more: Alex Kane – Political Commentator Chris Donnelly – Slugger Contributor & Political Commentator Patricia MacBride … Read more

Get your free tickets for our ‘7 Ways to Make Northern Ireland Great Again!’ live event…

Next Thursday the 23rd of March we are running a live event ‘7 Ways to Make Northern Ireland Great Again!’. We are running it in association with Stratagem as part of the Imagine Festival. We are hosting the event in the Dark Horse Bar and the event kicks off at 7:30pm. Tickets are free and you can book them here… Opinion differs on whether Northern Ireland was ever great. But we’d like you to join the Slugger O’Toole team and our … Read more

Join us for Slugger’s Big Election Punt event on Wed the 1st of March…

Join us on the eve of the Assembly Elections as we discuss the runners and riders in the race for Stormont. Who are the favourites? Who will be neck and neck? Who will be trailing the pack? We have put together an expert panel to give us their predictions on the big race to the hill. Alex Kane – Political Commentator Chris Donnelly – Slugger Contributor & Political Commentator Amanda Ferguson – Journalist & Commentator Brendan Mulgrew – Commentator & Founder of MW Advocate … Read more

Get your free tickets for the next Slugger Sessions – The Review of the Year SO FAR!

We are less than 2 weeks into the new year and already it seems like we have a whole years worth of news stories behind us. RHI, the collapse of the Assembly, potential elections and much more! Join us next Thursday the 19th of January for a Slugger Session as we explore all these issues with our panel of experts: Allison Morris – Irish News Journalist Dawn Purvis – Former MLA Dr Margaret O’Callaghan – Historian and political analyst at Queens … Read more

Join us for the Slugger End of Year Review Show, Wednesday the 14th December 2016

Join us for an evening of debate and entertainment as we look back on the political year in 2016. Our panel of speakers is sure to provide lively conversation and analysis. Never mind the Christmas shopping, this will be far more entertaining. Following the success of last year’s sold out End of Year Review Show we are pleased to bring it back for a third year. Our new venue is The Gallaghers Lounge, upstairs in the Duke of York Bar in the Cathedral … Read more

The review of the review. A punter’s view of the Slugger end of year review show…

It had been a while, maybe four or five years, since I was in Hill Street after dark and what a pleasant surprise it was; bustling bars and restaurants, some totally new to me, casting a warm glow and friendly noise onto the cobbled street. I pulled my collar over to fight off the drizzle and saw the dark empty yard of a bar/restaurant specializing in al fresco drinking and dining. Smoking ban or not, it probably wasn’t the soundest … Read more

Sold out! The Slugger End of Year Review Show, Monday the 14th December 2015

The event is sold out but if you want to put your name on a reserve list for tickets email brian@sluggerotoole.com Join us for an evening of debate and entertainment as we look back on the political year in 2015. Our panel of expert speakers is sure to provide lively conversation and analysis. Never mind the Christmas shopping, this will be far more entertaining. Following the success of last year’s sold out End of Year Review Show we are pleased to bring … Read more