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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.

Highland shinty club announces death of club legend

01 July 2022
Highland shinty club announces death of club legend

Highland shinty club announces death of club legend

01 July 2022

A Highland shinty club has announced the death of one of its stalwarts regarded by many as a "true gentleman".


Man (31) to be reported to Procurator Fiscal after cannabis recovered during police search

27 June 2022
Man (31) to be reported to Procurator Fiscal after cannabis recovered during police search

Man (31) to be reported to Procurator Fiscal after cannabis recovered during police search

27 June 2022

A 31-year-old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal after police officers recovered cannabis during a raid at a house in Dingwall.


Christian journey to be told in new memoir by columnist

26 June 2022
Christian journey to be told in new memoir by columnist

Christian journey to be told in new memoir by columnist

26 June 2022

A columnist is set to publish a memoir later this month.


Scene set for inaugural fundraising Haven Centre Highland Hooley

23 June 2022
Scene set for inaugural fundraising Haven Centre Highland Hooley

Scene set for inaugural fundraising Haven Centre Highland Hooley

23 June 2022

A fundraising Highland Hooley has been announced for a centre being built in Inverness for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.


DAREDEVILS: Volunteers complete skydiving challenge to raise £6k for Haven Centre in Highlands

09 June 2022
DAREDEVILS: Volunteers complete skydiving challenge to raise £6k for Haven Centre in Highlands

DAREDEVILS: Volunteers complete skydiving challenge to raise £6k for Haven Centre in Highlands

09 June 2022

A team of eight dauntless volunteers has raised almost £6000 for a pioneering centre being built in Inverness, by leaping out of an aircraft.


Plans approved for £11m rural and veterinary innovation centre in Highlands

05 June 2022
Plans approved for £11m rural and veterinary innovation centre in Highlands

Plans approved for £11m rural and veterinary innovation centre in Highlands

05 June 2022

Preparation work will begin in the coming weeks at Inverness Campus ahead of the development of an £11 million centre for Scotland’s Rural College.


Highland piper to play outside Queen's former home in Malta to mark the Platinum Jubilee

02 June 2022
Highland piper to play outside Queen's former home in Malta to mark the Platinum Jubilee

Highland piper to play outside Queen's former home in Malta to mark the Platinum Jubilee

02 June 2022

A Highland-born champion piper will play outside the Queen's former home in Malta as part of a global celebration to mark the Platinum Jubilee.


Police called after woman sexually assaulted while travelling on train from Highlands

31 May 2022
Police called after woman sexually assaulted while travelling on train from Highlands

Police called after woman sexually assaulted while travelling on train from Highlands

31 May 2022

Police investigating a sexual assault on a woman rail passenger travelling from the Highlands to Glasgow have issued an appeal for information.


Contin Coffee Bothy set to continue serving after owners' new venture revealed

29 May 2022
Contin Coffee Bothy set to continue serving after owners' new venture revealed

Contin Coffee Bothy set to continue serving after owners' new venture revealed

29 May 2022

A Ross-shire coffee shop is set to continue welcoming customers under new owners.


Volunteers from SSEN lend helping hand to clear up popular Highland walkway

27 May 2022
Volunteers from SSEN lend helping hand to clear up popular Highland walkway

Volunteers from SSEN lend helping hand to clear up popular Highland walkway

27 May 2022

A popular walkway in Beauly has been made more accessible and safe thanks to a team of volunteers.


PICTURES: Multimillion-pound Highland castle visitor experience aims to amaze

25 May 2022
PICTURES: Multimillion-pound Highland castle visitor experience aims to amaze

PICTURES: Multimillion-pound Highland castle visitor experience aims to amaze

25 May 2022

Portraits of Highlanders telling their own stories and glowing standing stones are set to be part of the experience at Inverness Castle.


WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre in Highlands

15 May 2022
WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre in Highlands

WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre in Highlands

15 May 2022

A new video shows progress on the construction of Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.


Love Your Liver road show to offer free scanning during visit to Highlands

14 May 2022
Love Your Liver road show to offer free scanning during visit to Highlands

Love Your Liver road show to offer free scanning during visit to Highlands

14 May 2022

A road show inviting people to discover their risk of getting liver disease will begin a Scotland-wide tour in the Highlands on Sunday.


Owners of Ross-shire coffee shop to open new cafe and community hub at state-of-the-art climbing centre

11 May 2022
Owners of Ross-shire coffee shop to open new cafe and community hub at state-of-the-art climbing centre

Owners of Ross-shire coffee shop to open new cafe and community hub at state-of-the-art climbing centre

11 May 2022

The owners of a Ross-shire coffee shop are setting up a new cafe and community hub at a new state-of-the-art climbing centre opening in Inverness.


'I am here today to remember the dead and to fight like hell for the living'

08 May 2022
'I am here today to remember the dead and to fight like hell for the living'

'I am here today to remember the dead and to fight like hell for the living'

08 May 2022

A Ross-shire woman spoke passionately of her desire to protect the living following the tragic death of her partner.


Police warning over bogus workmen in the Highlands

02 May 2022
Police warning over bogus workmen in the Highlands

Police warning over bogus workmen in the Highlands

02 May 2022

Police officers have issued a warning following reported incidents of bogus workmen calling at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people.


PICTURES: Raising the roof – and funds – at Big Spring Sing for the Haven Centre

02 May 2022
PICTURES: Raising the roof – and funds – at Big Spring Sing for the Haven Centre

PICTURES: Raising the roof – and funds – at Big Spring Sing for the Haven Centre

02 May 2022

Groups of singers joined forces to bring joy and happiness at the return of a charity fundraising concert in the Highland capital.


Lockdown art project leads to oil painting exhibition for Black Isle man

30 April 2022
Lockdown art project leads to oil painting exhibition for Black Isle man

Lockdown art project leads to oil painting exhibition for Black Isle man

30 April 2022

A Vietnamese barista now living on the Black Isle is to stage his first art exhibition after teaching himself oil painting during lockdown.


New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

28 April 2022
New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

New supermarket will not adversely hit Highland city centre – report

28 April 2022

A proposed new supermarket in the Highland capital would not adversely hit retail in the city centre or other nearby retail parks – claim.


Youth groups fear new charges to use premises owned by Highland Council could hit families

26 April 2022
Youth groups fear new charges to use premises owned by Highland Council could hit families

Youth groups fear new charges to use premises owned by Highland Council could hit families

26 April 2022

Youth groups have warned that new charges to use premises owned by Highland Council could impact on families.


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