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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.

Traitors star to attend Strictly Inverness fundraising Highland Masquerade Ball

01 March 2024
Traitors star to attend Strictly Inverness fundraising Highland Masquerade Ball

Traitors star to attend Strictly Inverness fundraising Highland Masquerade Ball

01 March 2024

Inverness TV star Evie Morrison, who appeared in the show, The Traitors, will be a guest at a fundraising Masquerade Ball for Strictly Inverness.


Former Highland police officer takes on Strictly Inverness in tribute to late husband

01 March 2024
Former Highland police officer takes on Strictly Inverness in tribute to late husband

Former Highland police officer takes on Strictly Inverness in tribute to late husband

01 March 2024

After a 30-year career as a police officer – including being part of a major investigations team – Ruth Mason is now focusing on her dance moves.


Ancient woodland could be lost to planned hydro scheme near Loch Ness, says charity

29 February 2024
Ancient woodland could be lost to planned hydro scheme near Loch Ness, says charity

Ancient woodland could be lost to planned hydro scheme near Loch Ness, says charity

29 February 2024

A leading conservation charity is "strongly" objecting to a proposed green energy project on the south side of Loch Ness.


Further expansion announced for flagship maltings site in Inverness

29 February 2024
Further expansion announced for flagship maltings site in Inverness

Further expansion announced for flagship maltings site in Inverness

29 February 2024

Further expansion plans worth up to tens of millions of pounds and creating new jobs have been announced at a malting plant in Inverness.


Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

26 February 2024
Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

26 February 2024

A police watchdog has highlighted lessons to be learned following an investigation into a firearms incident in Inverness.


Police officers called to Inverness secondary school

26 February 2024
Police officers called to Inverness secondary school

Police officers called to Inverness secondary school

26 February 2024

Police officers were called to an Inverness secondary school this morning following what is believed to be a malicious email.


Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

26 February 2024
Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

Popular Black Isle Tattie Day provides chance to grow your own potatoes

26 February 2024

The popular Black Isle Tattie Day will be back at North Kessock Village Hall on Saturday March 2.


Nature, connections and a friendly chat – the key to successful mental health intervention?

25 February 2024
Nature, connections and a friendly chat – the key to successful mental health intervention?

Nature, connections and a friendly chat – the key to successful mental health intervention?

25 February 2024

In the past six years, Elizabeth Marsden has experienced three manic episodes.


Empowering young women in Inverness through science and technology

25 February 2024
Empowering young women in Inverness through science and technology

Empowering young women in Inverness through science and technology

25 February 2024

Young women are being invited to meet women working in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths at a free event in Inverness.


Planned change of use for pub at gateway to scenic glen

24 February 2024
Planned change of use for pub at gateway to scenic glen

Planned change of use for pub at gateway to scenic glen

24 February 2024

Plans have been submitted to change a pub near near the gateway to Glen Affric into a house.


PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Inverness shopping centre

23 February 2024
PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Inverness shopping centre

PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Inverness shopping centre

23 February 2024

People came together for a chat and entertainment at an inaugural community coffee morning in Inverness city centre.


Update: Missing Inverness sister and brother traced

23 February 2024
Update: Missing Inverness sister and brother traced

Update: Missing Inverness sister and brother traced

23 February 2024

Police have confirmed that a teenage sister and brother reported missing from Inverness have now been traced.


PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

23 February 2024
PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

PICTURES: 'Remembering Ron' – lighting up the night in tribute to Mikeysline founder

23 February 2024

The life of the man who founded Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline, has been celebrated at a memorial event in Inverness.


Hoolie to raise money for Gaelic language and culture centre in Inverness

22 February 2024
Hoolie to raise money for Gaelic language and culture centre in Inverness

Hoolie to raise money for Gaelic language and culture centre in Inverness

22 February 2024

A ceilidh with a tartan and tweed theme is set to raise money for a project to create a Gaelic cultural centre in Inverness.


Inquiries ongoing to trace fly-tippers who dumped 300 tyres in Loch Ness

21 February 2024
Inquiries ongoing to trace fly-tippers who dumped 300 tyres in Loch Ness

Inquiries ongoing to trace fly-tippers who dumped 300 tyres in Loch Ness

21 February 2024

The "mindless" dumping of more than 300 tyres in Loch Ness only adds to Highland Council's financial pressures, a councillor has said.


North Sea Commission delegation welcomed to Inverness

20 February 2024
North Sea Commission delegation welcomed to Inverness

North Sea Commission delegation welcomed to Inverness

20 February 2024

The importance of strengthening links between the Highlands and European communities linked by the North Sea has been highlighted during talks.


Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

11 February 2024
Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

Children's bereavement charity receives £1560 donation thanks to singers' epic performance

11 February 2024

A charity which helps bereaved children in the Highlands has received £1560 thanks to an epic performance by choral singers.


Another shoe shop in Inverness city centre set to close

11 February 2024
Another shoe shop in Inverness city centre set to close

Another shoe shop in Inverness city centre set to close

11 February 2024

Inverness city centre is set to lose another shoe shop.


PICTURES: Competitors tackle climbing 'problems' at Inverness centre

11 February 2024
PICTURES: Competitors tackle climbing 'problems' at Inverness centre

PICTURES: Competitors tackle climbing 'problems' at Inverness centre

11 February 2024

Climbers up to the age of 81 years put their skills to the test during a competition at a climbing centre in Inverness.


PICTURES: Colourful performance in Inverness marks start of the Year of the Dragon

10 February 2024
PICTURES: Colourful performance in Inverness marks start of the Year of the Dragon

PICTURES: Colourful performance in Inverness marks start of the Year of the Dragon

10 February 2024

A colourful performance in Inverness city centre has marked the start of the Chinese New Year.


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