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Unearth Hidden Gems with Armagh Guided Walking Tours

The Ancient Cathedral City of Armagh is undoubtedly one of the most visually stunning and historically intriguing locations on the island of Ireland. From pre-historic landscapes to an unmatched Georgian architecture, modern day Armagh is built against a rich backdrop of antiquity, clearly visible through its iconic buildings and beautiful open spaces.

One of the best ways to discover the delights of the city, and become immersed in its culture, past and present, is through an official guided walking tour.

Under the guidance of an experienced tour guide, you can walk through Armagh’s vibrant and varied history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the city’s renowned Georgian architecture and take a leisurely stroll along the distinct cobbled streets as you uncover some of the city’s hidden gems along the way

Guided walking tours operate Thursday – Saturday at 11am, Sunday at 2pm from 17 June until 12 September. The meeting point is the main entrance to the Market Place Theatre, Armagh City Centre. Each tour will last approx. 90 minutes, with the tour conducted entirely outdoors.

Sensible footwear and clothing is recommended and please note some uneven, steep or narrow streets will be part of the tour.

Armagh Guided Walking Tours cost £5.00 per person. Tickets must be booked online www.visitarmagh.com/walkingtours

The tour is “Good to Go” as awarded by Tourism NI and all appropriate COVID precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of all.

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Targeted Consultation on Taxi Fares Review Launched

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a targeted consultation on a taxi fares review as part of her ongoing plans to assist the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid restrictions.

The Department has written to all stakeholders, including the Consumer Council, to seek their views on proposals to increase the maximum taxi fare tariff across Northern Ireland.

Minister Mallon said: “Throughout the pandemic I have engaged regularly with the taxi sector and acknowledged the pressures that they have been under. I provided £16.7million of support to existing drivers from the two financial support schemes and regulatory support that I put in place last year and I remain committed to working with the sector in continuing to monitor the impact of Covid restrictions on them.

“Last week I announced an Action Plan to provide further support to the taxi industry and a key part of that was the intention to consult on taxi fares, as this was a specific concern raised during our engagement with the taxi sector.

“The targeted consultation launching today is aimed at people involved in the taxi industry in Northern Ireland, including taxi operators and drivers.  It will also consider consumers who use taxi services through engagement with the Consumer Council.  My Department has written directly today to all those in the sector and the Consumer Council and I would encourage responses by 5.00pm on Friday 15 October.

“Once the responses have been analysed my officials will provide a report for my consideration.  Following consideration of the feedback, I would hope to be in a position to implement any proposed changes before the Christmas 2021 period, subject to the necessary legislative changes.”

The consultation documents are available on the DfI website at: Taxi Fare Increase Targeted Public Consultation

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Grab The Balmoral Show App To Open New Experiences

Download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The app is a handy pocket tool to help guide you on your visit around the Show featuring trade stands and key attractions. To stop you missing out on the action, it also features the Show timetable of events across the action packed four days.

Users will also be able to live stream all livestock and equine classes from the Cattle Rings, Sheep Shearing Fold, Horse Rings 1 & 2 as well as the Main Arena. 

Zara Hughes, RUAS encourages visitors to download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Show.

The app is available for download from Monday 20th September on Apple Store and Google Play. Simply search for “Balmoral Show” and download!

The 152nd Balmoral Show takes place from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. Tickets are selling fast and must be purchased online in advance at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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