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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from neon night maze to Die Fledermaus

L-R: Ben McAteer, May McFettridge, Maria McGrann, Stephan Loges
L-R: Ben McAteer, May McFettridge, Maria McGrann, Stephan Loges

Here's our pick of the top things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (September 9 - 15).

1. European Heritage Open Days

  • Across NI, September 14-15

Over 300 properties and events across Northern Ireland open free of charge during this weekend, many of which do not usually open to the public. Properties open include Florence Court, Belfast City Hall and many more.

2. Day Walk - Slieve Binnian & North Tor

  • Newry, September 14
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Stunning trail: the view towards Slieve Binnian and Silent Valley Reservoir from the rocky summit of Doan

Enjoy a day walking in the beautiful Mourne Mountains, climb Slieve Binnian and admire impressive granite tors, with a multi-lingual, qualified Mountain Leader.

3.  An ‘Olympic’ Challenge: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic

  • Belfast, September 9

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The Belfast Titanic Society and PRONI present their third annual lecture. Mark Chirnside explores the financial, technical and engineering issues that confronted the White Star Line as they planned Olympic, Titanic and Britannic and explains how they overcame them.

4.  Myra's Story

  • Londonderry, September 14-15

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Brian Foster’s new adaptation of his acclaimed play, Maire a Woman of Derry. Living rough on the streets of Dublin, Myra Mc Laughlin is a foul mouthed, feisty, street drinker. She is also immensely funny and self- deprecating. Myra never wallows in self-pity as she gives us a hilarious, moving, and ultimately tragic account of her fall from grace.

5. Traditional Irish Baking

  • Moy, September 14
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Wee Buns Cookery School offers a warm welcome at this hands on class, discussing recipes and techniques and making the most of local ingredients.

6. Athenry: Dance of the Celts

  • Belfast, September 11
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Irish dance company Ta Da presents the tale of the famous song The Fields of Athenry like you’ve never seen before at the Cabaret Supper Club.

With a talented cast of World Champions and dancers from the biggest touring shows, such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, watch as ‘Michael’ and ‘Mary’ find love during the Great Famine.

7. Neon Night Maize Maze

  • Limavady, September 14
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Do you think you can make it out of the all new Maize Maze in a glowing record time? Try your best at Carrowmena Activity Centre’s neon themed night maze event.

8. Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss

  • Belfast, September 15 - 21

Northern Ireland Opera presents Die Fledermaus or The Bat by Johann Strauss, King of the Waltz at the Grand Opera House. This year is the 145th anniversary of the premiere of Die Fledermaus, having first been performed in Vienna in 1874.

9. FUR & guests

  • Belfast, September 15
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See Brighton-based quartet Fur perform at their only Belfast date in McHugh’s Basement with special guests.

10. Hidden Gems Tour

  • Dungannon, September 14 – 15
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This full day tour offers an adventure into the wild and rugged Lough Neagh landscape and gives an insight into how the local people live with local guide, James Walshe. Explore the ancient roads and lanes to uncover tales of Vikings, healing sites and holy wells where Saint Patrick walked.

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