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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.

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.


PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

10 February 2024
PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

PICTURES: Behind-the-scenes as Inverness Castle project makes good progress

10 February 2024

Amid towers of scaffolding and stacks of construction materials, work is gathering pace at the very heart of Inverness Castle.


Police inquiries continue after unknown substance thrown at two women in Inverness

10 February 2024
Police inquiries continue after unknown substance thrown at two women in Inverness

Police inquiries continue after unknown substance thrown at two women in Inverness

10 February 2024

Police are continuing their inquiries after being called to a report of two women having an unknown substance thrown at them in an Inverness street.


Valentine's Day to mark launch of community coffee mornings at Inverness shopping centre

10 February 2024
Valentine's Day to mark launch of community coffee mornings at Inverness shopping centre

Valentine's Day to mark launch of community coffee mornings at Inverness shopping centre

10 February 2024

Spreading love and warmth – the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness aims to bring people together at monthly community coffee mornings.


Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

09 February 2024
Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

Breast cancer survivor joins chemotherapy buddy for Inverness catwalk fundraiser

09 February 2024

Guidance teacher Sandra Patience will be among the models taking part in tomorrow's Catwalk for a Cause fundraiser for end-of-life care.


Operation to remove 300 tyres on shores of Loch Ness under way

08 February 2024
Operation to remove 300 tyres on shores of Loch Ness under way

Operation to remove 300 tyres on shores of Loch Ness under way

08 February 2024

The task has begun to remove hundreds of used tyres dumped on the shores of Loch Ness.


Police issue images following incidents at Scottish Cup Final

05 February 2024
Police issue images following incidents at Scottish Cup Final

Police issue images following incidents at Scottish Cup Final

05 February 2024

Police Scotland has released images of individuals they want to trace following incidents last year's Scottish Cup Final.


1800ft Zipline Loch Ness among challenges for Highland Hospice daredevil fundraisers

05 February 2024
1800ft Zipline Loch Ness among challenges for Highland Hospice daredevil fundraisers

1800ft Zipline Loch Ness among challenges for Highland Hospice daredevil fundraisers

05 February 2024

Daredevil fundraisers are being challenged to take on an 1800ft zipline at Loch Ness to raise money for Highland Hospice.


Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

05 February 2024
Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

Project set to bring big screen to town halls, churches and libraries

05 February 2024

A new project has been launched to bring the big screen to town halls, churches and libraries in the Highlands and Moray.


A82 closed at Loch Ness due to landslide

05 February 2024
A82 closed at Loch Ness due to landslide

A82 closed at Loch Ness due to landslide

05 February 2024

The A82 at Loch Ness has been closed due to a landslide.


Scottish hotel group adds Inverness property to portfolio

05 February 2024
Scottish hotel group adds Inverness property to portfolio

Scottish hotel group adds Inverness property to portfolio

05 February 2024

A Scottish hotel group has added an Inverness property to its portfolio.


'Incredible personality' of Mikeysline founder to be honoured at memorial event

05 February 2024
'Incredible personality' of Mikeysline founder to be honoured at memorial event

'Incredible personality' of Mikeysline founder to be honoured at memorial event

05 February 2024

The memory of the man who changed the landscape in mental health and suicide prevention support in Highland will honoured this month.


Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024
Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

Further travel woes as Highland roads closed following heavy rain

05 February 2024

Motorists are being warned of various road closures in the Highlands following heavy rain.


PICTURES: 'We're more than a place to watch a 90-minute game' – Inverness football club

03 February 2024
PICTURES: 'We're more than a place to watch a 90-minute game' – Inverness football club

PICTURES: 'We're more than a place to watch a 90-minute game' – Inverness football club

03 February 2024

An Inverness football club threw open its boardroom doors in a venture to strengthen its links with the community.


Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

03 February 2024
Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

Former whisky boss hopes to use business experience at Highland mental health charity Mikeysline

03 February 2024

After a 38-year career in the whisky industry, Graham Hutcheon is taking on a new challenge – chairman of Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline.


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