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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland - from Rock of Ages to food and gin festivals

Here's our pick of the most exciting things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (June 17-23).

1. Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive 2019

  • Ballycastle, June 22

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A unique road cycling event held on the iconic North Coast of Ireland and Glens of Antrim, offering participants an unforgettable cycling experience through one of Europe’s most famous coastlines.

2. Festival of Flight 2019

  • Newcastle, June 22

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This year’s Festival of Flight comprises an afternoon of magnificent airborne displays, complemented by events for the whole family including an aviation and food village.

3. Down County Fleadh

  • Kilkeel, June 22

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The county Fleadhanna presents excellent opportunities for musicians of all ages to participate and showcase their unique musical talent with a colourful itinerary that will be enjoyable for visitors far and wide.

4. Marriages and Mansions

  • Bangor, June 18

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On this tour, visit some of the distinctive 'big houses' which endure to this day. Learn more about famous aristocratic figures associated with these estates, such as Sir James Hamilton, 1st Viscount Clandeboye, Robert Stewart Kennedy and Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood. The tour includes visits to Bangor Castle, Clandeboye Courtyard and Cultra Manor.

5. JLF Belfast

  • Belfast, June 21-23

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Working in partnership with the British Council and producers of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland brings the magnificent energy and atmosphere of one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular literary festivals to Belfast with this landmark event in June.

6. The Rapparees

  • Strabane, June 22

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The Rapparees proudly present their fourth album Recharged with a launch night at the Alley Arts Centre, which is sure to have that special hometown electricity associated with this dynamic folk outfit.

7. Belfast Gin Festival

  • Belfast, June 21-23

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The Gin Festival is back at Elmwood Hall and filling it with even better gin, events and all sorts of shenanigans. Meet the makers, enjoy music, talks, demonstrations and, of course, gin.

8. Rock Of Ages

  • Belfast, June 18-22

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Strictly Come Dancing Champion Kevin Clifton plays the lead role of Stacee Jaxx. The internationally renowned dancer swaps the Ballroom for the Bourbon Club when he plays in the ultimate 80s rock’n’roll musical at the Grand Opera House.

9. Midsummer Music at Mussenden Temple

  • Castlerock, June 21-23

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The midsummer musical event held in the iconic venue of the Mussenden Temple, part of the Downhill Demense, is always a popular one. This year the Ulster Orchestra returns with an ensemble, playing a variety of light and popular music.

10. The Priests in concert

  • Belfast, June 21

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One of the most recognisable musical groups anywhere in the world will perform at St. Bernadette's Church. Fathers David Delargy, Eugene O’Hagan and Martin O’Hagan all hail from Northern Ireland and have been singing together since they were at school.

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