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19Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
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Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
21Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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David Meade
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Feb
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Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
23Feb
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Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
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Lislea Drama Festival - Castles in the Air
Lislea Community Cente
24Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Feb
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Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
24Feb
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Lislea Drama Festival - Out of Order
Lislea Community Cente
25Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
19Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
21Feb
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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David Meade
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Feb
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
23Feb
49444729_2509682679055879_7296207717079711744_n.jpg07:00PM - 10:00PM]
Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
_MG_8623_279582.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Lislea Drama Festival - Castles in the Air
Lislea Community Cente
24Feb
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Feb
49444729_2509682679055879_7296207717079711744_n.jpg07:00PM - 10:00PM]
Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
24Feb
_MG_8623_279582.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Lislea Drama Festival - Out of Order
Lislea Community Cente
25Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Feb
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Frank Carson - Rebel Without a Pause
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
28Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
01Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
01Mar
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Hospice Annual Gala Ball
Canal Court Hotel
02Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
02Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
Lislea Community Cente
03Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Waiting for Godot
Lislea Community Cente
04Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
05Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Kiss Me Quickstep
Lislea Community Cente
07Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
08Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Rabbit Hole
Lislea Community Cente
10Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
11Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
13Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
13Mar
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
13Mar
46663198_548513702277512_8736947740539355136_n.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
14Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
14Mar
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Gala Country and Irish Concert
St Paul's High School
15Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
15Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
15Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
16Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
16Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
17Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
17Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
17Mar
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Saint Patrick's Miscellany
Newry Town Hall
18Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
18Mar
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Saint Patrick's Miscellany
Newry Town Hall
19Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Mar
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Freak Show
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
21Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
The Catering team at the Graduate Restaurant. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Catering team at the Graduate Restaurant. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

 With January over and with all plans for my diet in the hazy past for yet another 12 months, it was the perfect time for a visit to the Graduate Restaurant at Newry Catering College for one of their gourmet nights.

It's where one of the students is appointed as Head Chef and has the unenviable task of organising everything including a menu and staff on the night.

Guinea Fowl Wontons. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Guinea Fowl Wontons. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Tuesday night's 'short straw' fell to student Ryan Finnegan from Dundrum and what a job he did.

Coats taken, we were shown to our table and soon in the hands of our attentive waitress Charlotte. Nothing was missed in making us feel like honoured guests, with every need met before we even thought of asking.

First up on the menu was Guinea Fowl Wontons, a first for us and a great way to start.

Beetroot Mousse, Pickled Beetroot, Whipped Goats Cheese. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Beetroot Mousse, Pickled Beetroot, Whipped Goats Cheese. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

For next course I picked the Beetroot Mousse, Pickled Beetroot with Whipped Goats Cheese, The beautifully presented starter had an exhilirating contrast of flavours from the sweet beetroot to the tangy Goats Cheese.

Next up was an exceptional Spiced Sweet Potato, Chilli and Coconut Soup served in a beautiful cup along with Cheese and onion bread. The soup and the bread were incredible. I tried to prolong the course but it was gone all too soon.

Spiced Sweet Potato, Chilli and Coconut Soup with Cheese and Onion Bread. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Spiced Sweet Potato, Chilli and Coconut Soup with Cheese and Onion Bread. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

For Main Course I went for Pan Seared Duck Breast, Mango Puree Dried Cherry and Port Jus which was served with mash potato and assorted vegetables. Absolutely beautifully presented and flavours to take your last breath with.

Of course only the desert was compulsory I would have been really good but the Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Pot was incredible with lashings of raspberry coulis to help the textured mousse go down.

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Mango Puree, Dried Cherry and Port Jus. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pan Seared Duck Breast, Mango Puree, Dried Cherry and Port Jus. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Next was a cup of tea with Pina Colada Macaroons, the most incredible tiny flavoursome delights.

Of course to finish off it would be wrong not to have a Creme De Menthe ... and so it was.

Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Pot. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Pot. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Total cost for us for the menu was £18 each with a few quid extra for refreshments.

It was uplifting to be waited on 'hand and foot' at a time when we have been disappointed with the poor level of service in many of Newry's restaurants. It really is what makes a good meal into a really memorable meal.

Pina Colada Macaroons. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pina Colada Macaroons. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The Graduate Restaurant at the SRC host meals on Tuesday nights throughout the month. There are still spaces available for 12 and 26 February and you can book or enquire about other dates at 028 3025 9713

Creme De Menthe.
Creme De Menthe.

Thanks to Ryan and Charlotte and the whole team at the Graduate for a wonderful culinary delight.

The Menu on the night. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Menu on the night. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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