Coffee and craic with Aoife; Q&A with Re-Gen's new commercial director
Hello everyone, Mairead here. They say a day is a long time in politics but it's a long time in war too. It feels like an age since Russian troops invaded Ukraine and yet it's not even a fortnight.
In that time, the world suddenly seems smaller and peace more precarious, and the stories and pictures of human suffering are heartbreaking to watch and listen to.
Yet, in the midst of this barbarity, the goodness of human nature continues to shine through.
In Northern Ireland in four days alone, £1.4 million was donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee, and its charity partners are already delivering aid on the ground.
Here, in the ABC and NMD council districts, and our surrounding towns, people from all walks of life have been leaving off supplies such as food, blankets, clothes, essential toiletries and much more to venues from business premises to community centres and Orange halls.
The ABC Lord Mayor, Glenn Barr has thanked people after seven van loads of food and essentials were donated in just two hours following an appeal he had made.
Many Ukrainians have made this area their home and we can only imagine how worried they are about family members and loved ones still in the country.
All we can do is continue to support them as best we can, by giving what we can, and hope and pray that a peaceful, political solution is found as soon as possible.
To celebrate International women's Day, we have profiled two women in their respective roles.
We hear from Celine Grant in her new as Commercial Director at Re-Gen Waste...
And we hear from student and keen Mournes' hiker Aoife Loughran on serving up a great cup of coffee...
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In the news..
MRS JONES'S DIARY | Friday, March 11 | 8PM | Newry Town Hall | Confessions of a Badass Granny growing old (dis)gracefully! Join the marvellous Mrs Jones in this uninhibited, unruly and outrageous story. Tickets here.
FAITH AT THE MUSICALS | Friday, March 11 | 7.30PM | Richhill Presbyterian Church | Stars from hit shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Matilda will perform numbers from Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman and more.
PINK TRIBUTE | Saturday, March 12 | 9PM | Armagh City Hotel | This is a high octane performance from start to finish and captures the powerful vocal sound and style that will leave you thinking you are listening and watching the real deal. Tickets here.
KIDS SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP | 7-11 YRS | Saturday, March 12 | 11.30AM | This workshop introduces participants to melt-and-pour soap-making. Each child will get to make their own handmade soap bar; they will add their own colours, essential oils, flowers and other decorations! Tickets.
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Well done to Tony Fearon who was the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to see Legends at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh next month.
On a lighter note, the start of British Summer Time is just around the corner - Sunday, March 27 to be precise. I love the lighter nights and being able to get out for walks with my best doggy mate. Let us know what you like best about the start of summer.