Join us for our 1st Derry/Londonderry event on 23rd October – A fair deal for Derry?

For decades we have heard about the need to invest and connect the North-West. But how do we deliver on this promise and ensure that we help build a more prosperous city that can create good jobs and improves the lives of all of its people? This Slugger O’Toole event will examine the challenges and the opportunities that face this part of the island. Panel: Steve Bradley – Derry native & Commentator Karen Bonner – Derry native & Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Queen’s University …

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Join us for The Slugger Big Day Out! On Saturday 31st of August at Hilden Brewery…

Join us for our one-day end of summer school at the wonderful Hilden Brewery in Lisburn. Hilden House was built in 1824 by William Barbour, founder of the Barbour Thread Company. The business grew rapidly and by the end of the 19th century, it was the biggest linen thread company in the world with offices and mills across the world. Its chairman at the end of the 19th century was Milne Barbour, grandson of the founder of the company. He …

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Free event – Rejections, Defections and Elections…

Over the past three years, Brexit has been the gift that just keeps on giving. There are those who want to rip it open and get stuck right into it, while there are others who are halfway to the shops with the receipt in hand. Since our last Brexit Clinic at Queen’s in March, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was once again rejected by Parliament, an extension until 31 October was agreed and May’s subsequent negotiations with Labour on a way …

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Free Slugger Session Event on Tuesday the 28 May 2019: Gun Violence in America…

In this Slugger Session at Queen’s we will be in discussion with Elizabeth Charash on the topic of Gun Violence in America. Wide access to firearms and loose regulations lead to more than 39,000 men, women and children being killed with guns each year in the USA. In 2017, some 39,773 died from gunshot injuries, an average of nearly 109 people each day. Per capita, this is significantly higher than in other industrialized countries. Firearm homicides in the USA disproportionately …

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Free event: Friday 7th June. Brexit, Borders and Beyond: Marxism as a guide in turbulent times…

The School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University, Reclaim the Agenda and Slugger O’Toole, warmly invite you to join us for a panel discussion on Brexit, Borders and Beyond: Marxism as a guide in turbulent times, on 7th June 2019, at the Mac Belfast, 6-8 pm. The event will start with drinks and light refreshments. Guest Speakers include: Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, author of The Left …

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Free Event: History in the Making – The Ulster Museum and the ‘Troubles and Beyond’…

On Good Friday 2018, the Ulster Museum opened its doors, and its collections, to a new commemorative exhibition entitled ‘The Troubles and Beyond’. Displayed across hundreds of objects and images, the gallery documents social, political, and cultural changes in Northern Ireland from the civil rights era to today’s post-conflict society. The ‘Troubles’ affected almost everyone who lived in Northern Ireland and many others from further afield. Inevitably the interpretation of this period of our history is contested in terms of …

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Brexit as seen from Brussels – A free talk by Dr Nicholas Whyte…

Occasional Slugger Contributor Nicholas Whyte is back in town next Wednesday to give a talk at the UU Belfast Campus at 6pm on the topic of Brexit as seen from Brussels. The talk is free to attend but places are limited so you need to book. Book your place here… This is a joint UU/Slugger event, here is the blurb… What you see depends on where you stand. Nicholas Whyte, Visiting Professor at Ulster University and a Senior Director at …

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Free event: The Role of Republicans in NI Civil Rights. Dispelling the Myths. Tuesday the 16th of April, Belfast…

The  Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee are holding a free event next Tuesday the 16th of April in The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Antrim Road, Belfast. Speakers: Michael Donnelly – President Workers Party of Ireland Dympna McGlade – Deputy Chairperson Commemoration Committee Malachi O’Doherty – Commentator, Author and Journalist Marian Donnelly – Secretary and Founder Member South Derry Civil Rights Association Chairperson: Michael McCorry Followed by a Q&A and contributions from participants. Slugger O’Toole is the media …

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“Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement 1921 North and South to August 1969”. Four evenings of public lectures and discussions, in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon and Larne.

It can take a lot to get you to leave the house on a cold winters night but a series of talks with Eamon Phoenix and guests should be very enticing to your average Slugger reader. All events are free and you even get a wee cup of tea or coffee, so book your tickets now. They are part of a four-part series with inputs from historians and discussion with members of the audience. 1921-1968 North and South the two Irelands Speakers: Dr …

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Get your tickets for the Slugger End of Year Review 2018 – Wed 19th Dec 2018…

Now firmly established as a Christmas Tradition, join us as we look back on the year in politics with the Cinderella and widow Twankey of local commentators Allison Morris and Alex Kane. Our good friend, comedian Tim McGarry will get everyone into the mood – when it comes to our politics if you don’t laugh you will cry. Your host for the evening will be the best thing to come out of Lisburn since Coca-Cola, Alan Meban. The event is sponsored by MCE …

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Bernadette McAliskey guest speaker at The Mccluskey Civil Rights Summer School this saturday….

The theme of this years summer school is “50 Years On – The Civil Rights Challenges in Ireland Today – Tackling Poverty, Sectarianism, Racism and Inequality”. Here is the agenda 10am Welcome by Chair Professor Paul Arthur 10.30am Tribute to Dr Conn and Patricia McCluskey by civil rights activist Michael McLoughlin Reflections on civil rights and honouring the role of Con and Patricia McCluskey and the Campaign for Social justice 11am Keynote address by Les Allamby Chair of Human Rights …

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Is a new Ireland achievable or even desirable? – Free event this Wednesday night in Castlewellan…

After the success of our sold-out event in Belfast, we have been invited to run our New Ireland? event again in Castlewellan as part of The Soma Festival. The event is at 7pm this Wednesday the 18th in Maginns Bar, Castlewellan. Best of all, it is a free event 🙂 Is a New Ireland achievable or even desirable? Since 2016 there has been renewed interest in the debate about Northern Ireland’s constitutional future. As a community is our future better within …

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Join us for a live event – Is a New Ireland achievable or even desirable? Tuesday the 26th of June 2018…

Since 2016 there has been renewed interest in the debate about Northern Ireland’s constitutional future.  As a community is our future better within the United Kingdom or charting a new course in a United Ireland?  Two very different paths sit in front of us and our panel of political experts and politicians aims to tease out the key issues that are central to this debate. Hosted by Slugger O’Toole in partnership with Evolve CPA Panellists;  Alex Kane – political commentator Allison …

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Free Event. Happy Birthday NHS? What is the future of health and social care? – Tuesday 19th June 2018.

This year the NHS turns 70 and the health service in Northern Ireland is under immense pressure. Already health takes over 50% of all Stormont expenditure and that figure is growing all the time. With an ageing population as well as the increase in conditions like obesity, diabetes and dementia, the demands keep growing. Join our expert panel for a debate on the future of Health in Northern Ireland. The panel includes: Dr George O’Neill – local GP and well …

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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 …

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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 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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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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