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Hugo Duncan: Today's promising to be a busy day ... but one I wouldn't miss

All go: Girdwood Hub
All go: Girdwood Hub

By Hugo Duncan

I'll certainly be putting in a few miles today. We will be doing our Radio Ulster show live from the Girdwood Hub in Belfast and we will have several artistes performing live.

After that, I will head to Enniskillen, where I have undertaken to sing a few songs at a concert in the Ardowen Theatre, which is being organised by Scott Fallis in support of the Ulster Project.

The Ulster Project is a cross-community organisation which aims to promote peace and understanding.

Tonight's concert is being staged in order to raise funds to send children from across the divide here to the United States.

The project lasts for six months, culminating in a month-long residential stay in America, where each teen is paired with a host family, attends a range of Church services, volunteers at service projects and spends time discussing issues such as racism and sectarianism.

When I finish my duties in Enniskillen, I will head to the Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk, where my wife, Joan, and I will join guests at the wedding of my godson, Ryan Brannigan, son of my long-time friend John Brannigan from Newcastle.

John and I have known each other for many years and I was thrilled when he asked me to be godfather to Ryan who, as we say in Tyrone, is a "great cub". He enjoys life and is endowed with a very generous nature.

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He and his wife, Ann, are very popular in their local area and I have no doubt that family and friends will be out in big numbers tonight to make the occasion go with a swing.

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