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Val Sweeney


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Val Sweeney is an award-winning and experienced journalist. Having worked on several newspapers in the north of England in various roles as a reporter and feature writer, she joined the Inverness Courier in 2001.

Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

21 July 2024
Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

21 July 2024

An Inverness social enterprise which helps people to get back on their feet after facing hardship has received a double accolade.


Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

20 July 2024
Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

Double accolade for New Start Highland as UK’s best social enterprises named

20 July 2024

An Inverness social enterprise which helps people to get back on their feet after facing hardship has received a double accolade.


Rare wartime flying boat touches down at Inverness Airport

19 July 2024
Rare wartime flying boat touches down at Inverness Airport

Rare wartime flying boat touches down at Inverness Airport

19 July 2024

A rare World War II flying boat has flown over Inverness in honour of two Catalina pilots who each received the Victoria Cross 80 years ago.


PICTURES: Hawaii comes to the Highlands at beach party in shopping centre

19 July 2024
PICTURES: Hawaii comes to the Highlands at beach party in shopping centre

PICTURES: Hawaii comes to the Highlands at beach party in shopping centre

19 July 2024

Youngsters got low down with their limbo skills and practised their hula moves at an indoor beach party in Inverness.


Communities invited to comment on proposed vision for Nairnshire

19 July 2024
Communities invited to comment on proposed vision for Nairnshire

Communities invited to comment on proposed vision for Nairnshire

19 July 2024

People in Nairnshire are being encouraged to have their say on a newly-published vision for the area.


Blue-green algae warning at loch near Beauly

18 July 2024
Blue-green algae warning at loch near Beauly

Blue-green algae warning at loch near Beauly

18 July 2024

A warning has been issued after the discovery of blue-green algae in a loch near Beauly.


Healthcare crisis in Gaza highlighted by Highland health workers

17 July 2024
Healthcare crisis in Gaza highlighted by Highland health workers

Healthcare crisis in Gaza highlighted by Highland health workers

17 July 2024

Evocative and emotional testimonies highlighting the healthcare crisis in war-torn Gaza were conveyed at an event in Inverness.


Wartime flying boat to visit Inverness for 80th anniversary VC commemoration

17 July 2024
Wartime flying boat to visit Inverness for 80th anniversary VC commemoration

Wartime flying boat to visit Inverness for 80th anniversary VC commemoration

17 July 2024

A wartime flying boat is due to stop off in Inverness this week in honour of two Catalina pilots who each received the Victoria Cross 80 years ago.


Scottish Government Minister sees at first hand work of the Haven Centre for young people with complex needs

16 July 2024
Scottish Government Minister sees at first hand work of the Haven Centre for young people with complex needs

Scottish Government Minister sees at first hand work of the Haven Centre for young people with complex needs

16 July 2024

A Scottish Government Minister has seen at first hand the difference a new centre is making to young people with complex needs in the Highlands.


Up-and-coming Highland musician wins talent search to claim Belladrum main stage slot

16 July 2024
Up-and-coming Highland musician wins talent search to claim Belladrum main stage slot

Up-and-coming Highland musician wins talent search to claim Belladrum main stage slot

16 July 2024

Cameron Ferguson will be the opening act for this year’s Belladrum Festival, after winning a talent search launched in collaboration with BBC ALBA.


Go-ahead given to extend Inverness city centre building

15 July 2024
Go-ahead given to extend Inverness city centre building

Go-ahead given to extend Inverness city centre building

15 July 2024

Resubmitted plans to extend a prominent building in Inverness city centre which has been empty since last autumn have been approved.


Inquiries by police and fire officers ongoing after man dies in Inverness flat blaze

15 July 2024
Inquiries by police and fire officers ongoing after man dies in Inverness flat blaze

Inquiries by police and fire officers ongoing after man dies in Inverness flat blaze

15 July 2024

Inquiries by police and fire officers are continuing six days after a man lost his life in a blaze in an Inverness flat.


Inverness cafe owner reopens business after tragic fire

15 July 2024
Inverness cafe owner reopens business after tragic fire

Inverness cafe owner reopens business after tragic fire

15 July 2024

An Inverness city centre cafe has reopened after the owner’s former business and life partner died in a tragic fire.


Behind The Lens: The legacy of a Highland news photographer

14 July 2024
Behind The Lens: The legacy of a Highland news photographer

Behind The Lens: The legacy of a Highland news photographer

14 July 2024

August 2019: Parade of Champions at Black Isle Show.


PICTURES: Summer fun in Inverness shopping centre is antidote to dismal weather

13 July 2024
PICTURES: Summer fun in Inverness shopping centre is antidote to dismal weather

PICTURES: Summer fun in Inverness shopping centre is antidote to dismal weather

13 July 2024

The summer may be proving to be something a washout so far.


Inspectors praise collaborative and inclusive culture at UHI Inverness

13 July 2024
Inspectors praise collaborative and inclusive culture at UHI Inverness

Inspectors praise collaborative and inclusive culture at UHI Inverness

13 July 2024

Staff at UHI Inverness have been praised for fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality and diversity at the college.


Passionate hospitality professional whose ideas walked ‘the line of genius and madness’ - tributes piad to Inverness flat fire victim

12 July 2024
Passionate hospitality professional whose ideas walked ‘the line of genius and madness’ - tributes piad to Inverness flat fire victim

Passionate hospitality professional whose ideas walked ‘the line of genius and madness’ - tributes piad to Inverness flat fire victim

12 July 2024

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to an Inverness man who died in a devastating blaze in a flat in a city neighbourhood.


Man who died in tragic flat fire in Inverness named

12 July 2024
Man who died in tragic flat fire in Inverness named

Man who died in tragic flat fire in Inverness named

12 July 2024

A man who died in a devastating flat fire in Inverness has been named as Andy Adams.


UPDATE: Inverness road where man died in devastating flat blaze now reopened

12 July 2024
UPDATE: Inverness road where man died in devastating flat blaze now reopened

UPDATE: Inverness road where man died in devastating flat blaze now reopened

12 July 2024

An Inverness road has reopened after it was temporarily closed due to a devastating flat fire in which a resident died.


Housing needs are being disregarded, say disappointed community leaders

12 July 2024
Housing needs are being disregarded, say disappointed community leaders

Housing needs are being disregarded, say disappointed community leaders

12 July 2024

Housing needs in a village near Loch Ness are being disregarded by a developer, community leaders have claimed.


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