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Belfast buzzing as Christmas festivities get underway

There’s a real festive buzz in Belfast on Saturday as the Christmas market has opened at City Hall and preparations are underway for the Christmas lights switch-on.

Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister will be joined by special guests including children’s characters and Cavehill Primary School choir for an evening of fun before the big switch-on.

All tickets have been allocated for the event and traffic diversions will be in place in and around the City Hall. Pedestrians will have access until 5.30pm when it becomes a ticket holder zone.

Snow Patrol 'most played NI act'

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Snow Patrol have beaten veteran musician Van Morrison to be named the most played Northern Irish act of the 21st century.

The indie rockers are the Northern Irish artists featured most often in UK radio and television broadcasts since 2000, according to research by licensing body PPL.

Although they formed in Scotland in the mid-1990s, four of Snow Patrol's five members hail from Northern Ireland and hits such as Chocolate, Chasing Cars and Run saw them finish ahead of Van Morrison, with Feargal Sharkey in third place.

The two runners-up were joined in the top 10 by their former bands- Morrison's Them are the eighth most-played and Sharkey's The Undertones the ninth.

Pop punk stalwarts Ash, indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club, electronic producer David Holmes, late Thin Lizzy and Skid Row guitarist Gary Moore and The Divine Comedy make up the rest of the top 10.

The research was put together ahead of this year's Northern Irish Music Prize which takes place on November 11 at the Mandela Hall in Belfast.


Tributes paid to comedian Sean Hughes

Irish stand-up comedian and actor Sean Hughes has died aged 51, his management has confirmed. Credit: PA

Tributes have been paid to comedian Sean Hughes, who has died at the age of 51.

The Irish stand-up shared his final tweet on 8 October, in which he said he was "in hospital".

Hughes was best known for being a panellist on long-running BBC Two panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks and for starring in his own sitcom Sean's Show in the early 1990s.

He also appeared on TV programmes including Coronation Street and The Last Detective.

Comics including Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, Jack Dee and Sarah Millican have shared their tributes following the news.

Manford tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.”

Mysterious 'fishy pong' sparks debate in Belfast

If you were in certain parts of Belfast on Wednesday morning, then you might have sensed a funny smell in the air.

Northern Ireland Water is now investigating what has been described by some as "a fishy pong".

We sent Paul Reilly to sniff out the story.


Thousands in Belfast for Culture Night

Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast for Culture Night on Friday.

Organisers say this year was the city's largest and most inclusive cultural celebration.

Now in its ninth year, Culture Night combines 300 free events across 150 locations in a single day including food stalls, dance, art and of course live music.

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