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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.

WATCH: Inverness nurse speaks about caring for the wounded in a Gaza hospital

04 March 2024
WATCH: Inverness nurse speaks about caring for the wounded in a Gaza hospital

WATCH: Inverness nurse speaks about caring for the wounded in a Gaza hospital

04 March 2024

Inverness nurse Ico Bautista Garcia recently spent six weeks helping to treat severely-wounded patients in Gaza.


Highland nurse on 'overwhelming' Gaza stint: 'I had to put myself there – it was a privilege'

04 March 2024
Highland nurse on 'overwhelming' Gaza stint: 'I had to put myself there – it was a privilege'

Highland nurse on 'overwhelming' Gaza stint: 'I had to put myself there – it was a privilege'

04 March 2024

Ico Bautista Garcia will never forget the sights and smells of treating severely wounded patients – mainly children and women – in a Gaza hospital.


'The exhaustion was in their faces, in their souls' – Inverness nurse's experiences in Gaza hospital

04 March 2024
'The exhaustion was in their faces, in their souls' – Inverness nurse's experiences in Gaza hospital

'The exhaustion was in their faces, in their souls' – Inverness nurse's experiences in Gaza hospital

04 March 2024

Ico Bautista Garcia will never forget the sights and smells of treating severely wounded patients – mainly children and women – in a Gaza hospital.


Former Highland League footballer Derek Dewar passes away aged 69

03 March 2024
Former Highland League footballer Derek Dewar passes away aged 69

Former Highland League footballer Derek Dewar passes away aged 69

03 March 2024

A Highland League player who played in two history-making sides has died at the age of 69 after a long illness.


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 Highland firearms incident

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

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

26 February 2024

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


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.


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.


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.


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

24 February 2024
PICTURES: Cuppas and conversation bring community together at Highland shopping centre

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

24 February 2024

Ross-shire visitors were amongst those coming together for a chat and entertainment at an inaugural community coffee morning in a shopping centre.


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

24 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

24 February 2024

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


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