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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 [email protected] 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 …

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BIG Politics Pub Quiz- Less Than One Week To Go!

We are less than a week away from the BIG Politics Pub Quiz which is being hosted in partnership with Queen’s Universty’s School of Politics and International Relations and Amnesty International. Held in the Black Box and kicking off at 8pm with some of the best political minds in the business, Claire Hanna, David Ford, Emma Pengelly, Mike Nesbitt and Vernon Coaker as our quiz masters. Half of all the proceeds raised by the quiz will be donated to Amnesty’s …

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Michael Mansfield QC to deliver the first Gerry Conlon Memorial lecture this Friday on the theme of “Democratic Bankruptcy”

An annual memorial lecture has been established by SDLP West Belfast to mark the memory of Gerry Conlon who died last year. The first lecture is this Friday 23rd January 2015 at 7pm in St. Mary’s University, Falls Road, Belfast. The “Democratic Bankruptcy” lecture will be delivered by Michael Mansfield QC, who worked on the Guilford case and is currently working on the Hillsborough inquests. There will be a panel afterwards with Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International and Paddy Hill, …

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Here are the final details for our end of year review show

So this Monday the 15th brings our end of year review. Doors open at 7pm for a start at 7.30 sharp. The intimate venue has very kindly been given to us free of charge by the Duke of York pub likely to be very full, so we recommend that you get there early if you want grab a seat for the evening. After a short introduction by my old friend and co-author of one Slugger’s earliest special reports on the future …

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Join us for the Slugger end of year review show, Monday, 15th Dec 2014

Join us for an evening of debate and entertainment as we look back on the political year in 2014. Our panel of expert speakers is sure to provide lively conversation and analysis. Never mind the Christmas shopping, this will be far more entertaining.     The venue The venue is the beautiful Dark Horse Bar. This is directly opposite the Duke of York Bar in the Cathedral Quarter. Here is the location on the map… A full bar will be available and …

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The Decade of BIG Dates ( and little ones too )

Not the romantic kind, nor the edible one’s but anniversaries of significant events.  Many are looking forwards to the years between 2012 and 2022 to commerate or celebrate various past events, others are equally dreading them, in particular the, 1916-2016 Easter Rising & Somme Commerations come to mind.  But these are not the only significant dates coming up and I suggest we compile a list of some of the lesser known events worthy of our attention, as well as the big ones, we …

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