It's been stormy, but let's now talk weather!
Hi everyone, Rikki here with you again. It seems ages since I was 'talking' to you all. What a week it has been with storms and power cuts. I can't really complain as due to a power cut at home we had to go out for dinner on Wednesday evening. This saw me take up residence in the coffee dock at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. Yes - the coffee dock, for dinner! Basically the restaurant was full and they took pity. The food was delicious and the service exceptional - big shout out to Geraldine (once met, never forgotten)
We spend so much time in the advertising and marketing department helping businesses with their promotions that we often forget to 'market' ourselves. So I'm going to do just that right now in a very simple format!
Every month we have an average of 365,000 readers (Google analytics).
We have over 85,000 followers across our social media accounts...and growing..
Our website covers not only the news but sporting success, property, motors and entertainment.
We are fast becoming a main source for local funeral arrangements - in fact our obituaries section generates over 160,000 page views per month.
All of this is on top of our video content, podcasts, newsletter, ArmaghJobs.com .. the list is long.
We are passionate about what we do, and yes, at times we have to deal with the backlash on stories we publish (anything Covid....) but as we keep reminding ourselves, we don't (plan to) make the news, we just report it.
A bit of housekeeping first - this week we had two competitions, our ever faithful cinema ticket giveaway and also a pair of tickets the 'Callings' at Market Place Theatre. Here are the winners:
Cinema - Ann McKearney, check your inbox, your cinema tickets are there!
Callings - Rosemary Bedford, check your inbox for details on how to collect your tickets.
Win cinema tickets: Here’s another another to win a pair of tickets with Omniplex — www.armaghi.com
Here's another chance to win ..
Armagh’s Home of St Patrick festival launches with a big celebratory theme — www.armaghi.com
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022: Packed programme of events this March — www.armaghi.com
There's some lovely properties around and I love having a look around people's houses, that's why I'm loving our property section.. and I know you are too because in the last week you've really jumped in to have a look.
For Sale: 10 Bachelors Close, Portadown — www.armaghi.com
4 bed detached house
For Sale: 224 The Hollows, Lurgan — www.armaghi.com
3 bed semi-detached house
For Sale: 62 Old Mill Manor Laurelvale — www.armaghi.com
3 bed mid-townhouse
Our Independent card is proving to be very popular with readers and retailers. Remember, this pocket sized card is your gateway to exclusive discounts across the borough. Don't forget to order yours today here
Just to tease you, here's a few of the offers - check out the rest here
10% off at Traditional Toy Boxes Hamiltonsbawn with the Independent card — armaghi.com
10% off at Meela & Me Hamiltonsbawn with the Independent card — armaghi.com
Free tea or coffee at The Bawn Pantry Hamiltonsbawn for Independent card holders — armaghi.com
Normally, we don't carry jobs in a Thursday newsletter, but I like to break a rule every now and again, then Micheal put's me back in my box... await the knuckle wrap. In my defence, there's a lot of worthy news. Carter from NI Climbing Frames has been popular so far and McCloskey International are holding an open day - here's the details.
Carter uses accountancy background as foothold into climbing frame sector - Armagh Jobs — armaghjobs.com
McCloskey International recruitment open day offers career change — armaghjobs.com
And we are hiring....!!
Sales and Marketing Executive required for Armagh I — armaghjobs.com
The man behind the machine - first you got to hear from him in the newsletter, now you can hear him! Here's Micheal with a podcast with Playr-Fit director Kieran Quinn who, alongside his business partner and friend Steven Burns started the brand having worked together for a number of years prior to the launch. It was a punt; a leap of faith that, despite Covid, has produced some serious results since....
️🎧 Kieran Quinn of Playr-fit – the Co Armagh sporting goods brand making waves in the market — podcasts.podinstall.com
In the news...
Alliance councillor called ‘sinful’ says slur strengthens resolve to be voice for LGBTQ+ — armaghi.com
Woman’s lucky escape after car ends up on its roof in Aghagallon garden — armaghi.com
Delight for Armagh Men’s Shed as group funded to tune of £113,000 — armaghi.com
Owner of cat missing since November ‘over the moon’ as Miles turns up in Tandragee — armaghi.com
Another fantastic response to our quiz! This week we had three people get full marks. They were Libby Wilson, William Lappin and a lady who did not want to leave her name.
There were quite a number of people who got 9, including Tom Wilson and Keith Cunningham who both got nine on Week 1. The others who got nine were: Jack McFadden; Godfrey Abbott; and Valerie Grant.
Marlborough Retail Park
He operated the rope-pull Bannfoot Ferry
So, hopefully the weather will pick up and we will all get out over the weekend. Ollie is definitely looking forward to a big walk, and secretly, so am I. I'll equally enjoy a large latte after it though... maybe a big chocolate bun!