Lionra British Irish Business Network's Shamrock Ball, Newcastle Gateshead Hilton.

See pictures from the Shamrock Ball staged on Tyneside held by Irish business group Lionra

Irish and British business network Lionra hosted the celebration of St Patrick's Day at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Irish dancers and Irish Band give a pre 'St Patricks Day' performance at Greys Monument, Newcastle

St Patrick's Day: A gallery of events featuring Lionra's Shamrock Ball

The launch of new Irish and North East business network Lionra was officially recognised at a glamorous black tie ball at the Hilton at the weekend.

In my view

Across the world today millions of people with Irish connections, and many without, will be raising a glass and celebrating St Patrick's Day.

Sure Start to school

A new children's centre providing early years education, childcare and support for parents opens on Saturday.

The Golden trio

A trio of Tyneside fighters have stormed through to the finals of the national Golden Gloves competition.

Cheltenham Here At Last!

It's finally here - the Cheltenham Festival, now the be-all of the jump season.

RNLI work outlined

Details of sea rescues and other work carried out during 2006 will be presented at the annual general meeting of Blyth's RNLI lifeboat station

Loulou brings it home again

Loulou Nivernais has Aintree on his agenda next month after completing a four-timer in great style in the Come To Guinness St Patrick's Day Handicap Chase at Newcastle yesterday, writes Jack Pickering.

100-1 chance is King

Newcastle's meeting got the go-ahead following a morning inspection but punters probably had mixed feelings after 100-1 chance King Mak won the opening WBX.COM £25 New Account Sign Up National Hunt Novices' Hurdle.

Flight club

Four of Birtley's top boxers fly to Chicago on Sunday to take part in the prestigious Emerald Gloves tournament on the eve of the St Patrick's Day parade.

Why not everything is in black and white

Wanted: a new image. That's the message coming out of the St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin.

Public areas drinks licences

A series of parks and public spaces in Newcastle have been given licences for music and drinking.

Park your car for free

Drivers will be able to park for free in Alnwick between December 18 and 24.

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