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12 things happening in Northern Ireland, June 4-10 - including Maggie Yer Ma, Don McLean and Women's Work Festival

With the arrival of summer it's festivals galore in Northern Ireland, not to mention the usual mix of music and theatre. Here's our pick of the top events happening this week.

1. Maggie Yer Ma!

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, June 4-16

Life doesn’t stop when you drop a sprog, whaaa? Loveable rogue Maggie Muff is back with a bang in this highly anticipated sequel to Leesa Harker’s smash hit trilogy!

With Billy in jail for the biggest feg run heist in history and Maggie’s ma dropping a bombshell that will curl your toes, Maggie finds herself a single Ma. Big Sally-Ann is no help sure she’s become a Buddhist and is ringing bells and chanting all over the show! Life sure has changed for Maggie, but can she get back til herself? Til the way she was?

For more information, visit

2. Women's Work Festival

  • Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast, June 5-10
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Now in its third year, Women’s Work is a unique event for Belfast that highlights the important contribution women make to music.

The festival will take place across six days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions.

This year's highlights include an exclusive composition and arrangement workshop with former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherly, an exclusive rooftop performance from Irish singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Brigid Mae Power.

For full details, visit

3. Belfast Book Festival

  • Belfast, June 6-16
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The 8th Belfast Book Festival returns and is growing from strength to strength feathering authors, workshops, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and discussions.

Festival-goers will be treated to the best international and local talent at the Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city.

For more information, visit

4. Avenged Sevenfold

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, June 6
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Recently described as the one metal band of their generation with genuine stadium-filling ability on both sides of the Atlantic, heavyweight US metal legends Avenged Sevenfold headline the SSE Arena.

For more information, visit

5. Don McLean

  • Waterfront, Belfast, June 7
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Don McLean is renowned for his multiple hits including American Pie, And I Love You So, Empty Chairs and Vincent.

Awards and accolades throughout his career have included, being inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded the BBC Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

For more information on his Belfast gig, visit

6. Salmon & Whiskey Festival

  • Bushmills,  June 9-10
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A two-day festival showcasing local music, food and arts.

The festival includes whiskey-tasting, demonstrations, live music, dance troupes, street performers and much more.

For more information, visit

7. Castlerock Clydesdale Horse Show & Fun Day

  • Junior Playing Fields, Castlerock, June 9
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The annual Clydesdale horse show and fun day in Castlerock is an excellent day out for all the family at the seaside.

The day includes the horse show followed by a parade of the Clydesdales, craft stalls, a BBQ, bouncy castle, a penalty kick competition and much more.

The event runs from 10am-4pm and entry is free.

8. O-Bon Japanese Festival

  • Derry~Londonderry, June 9
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The Playtrail will be transformed into ‘Little Tokyo’ where there will be Japanese games, Manga martial arts, Japanese dance and Taiko drumming.

As the darkness falls, the evening will culminate in the spectacular Toro Nagashi Lantern Ceremony.

For more information, visit

9. Armagh County Agricultural Show

  • Gosford Forest Park, June 9
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The Armagh County Agricultural Show and Country Festival offers a great day out for all the family.

Come along and enjoy equestrian events, home industries, food village, vintage displays, trade stands and much more.

For more information, visit

10. Mourne Way Marathon

  • Newry, June 9
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In the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty participants take part in a variety of races, from the staggering 52 mile long Ultra Marathon to the more relaxing but still rigorous challenge walk in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

As with all 26 Extreme events, there will be a high level of support and feed stations en route.

For more information, visit

11. Sea Bangor Festival

  • Bangor, June 9-10
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The popular maritime festival returns with a host of activities including live music, food stalls, street theatre and impressive displays that the event is known and loved for.

This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a host of activities including live music, food stalls, street theatre performers and the impressive Tall Ships that the event is most famously known and loved for.

For more information, visit

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