Northern Ireland: Latest News

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Northern Ireland's tourism and hospitality sector is open for business.

5th July 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds hailed the re-opening of the sector as a hugely positive step forward as she undertook a programme of visits around Northern Ireland.   The Minister visited the Seagoe Hotel and Head O the Road pub in Portadown, followed by the Boathouse Restaurant and Gateway...

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Executive agrees changes to help families and most vulnerable

21st June 2020

Significant changes for families, children, young people and some of the most vulnerable in society have been agreed today by the Executive. Progress has been made towards schools returning to normal, with the first pupils going back on August 24. There are plans to run summer schemes for children...

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Further relaxations to coronavirus restrictions

13th June 2020

Further changes to the coronavirus regulations have been approved recently. The public should continue to follow the public health advice - stick to social distancing rules, and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene to stay safe and save lives. Relaxations The relaxations include allowing: indoor...

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Lion King drive-in Movie June 14th @10am Titanic Quarter

7th June 2020

Join MayWe & Redbox to experience a Lion King drive-in Movie on one of the largest outdoor screens in Ireland! Profits in aid of QUB Covid-19 Research BOOK NOW https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drive-in-cinema-belfast-lion-king-1994-tickets-107693139078

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Update on post-primary transfer process

3rd June 2020

Parents and carers will receive letters today informing them of the post-primary school in which their child has been placed. Almost 1,000 additional places have been created in post-primary schools, resulting in the highest proportion of children placed at this stage of the process in three years. In...

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£12million Covid-19 childcare support scheme now open

15th May 2020

£12million Covid-19 childcare support scheme now open to eligible providers. The scheme will enable childcare providers to meet the needs of key workers and vulnerable children during this difficult time https://bit.ly/360xyFH

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New online learning platform

14th May 2020

A new online learning platform, developed and launched in Mid and East Antrim, is set to benefit hundreds of thousands of children across the UK as home schooling continues during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Launched this week, www.homeschoolondemand.com has been developed by Ballymena-born...

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New competition encourages young filmmakers to explore wonders of nature

12th May 2020

Northern Ireland’s young people are being encouraged to channel their inner Sir David Attenborough by making a movie about the wonders of nature. Film Education Charity Into Film today launched ‘Nature in Your Neighbourhood’, a new UK-wide filmmaking competition that calls on young...

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What is infant mental health and why does it matter so much during COVID-19?

3rd May 2020

Infant Mental Health is the term often used to describe the capacity of a child, during the first three years of life. It is the capacity to: form close relationships; recognise and express emotions; and explore and learn about their environment Babies are wired for connection! During...

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Latest Department of Education updates in relation to COVID-19

30th April 2020

Latest Department of Education updates in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be found on the link below including FAQs, schools open for supervised learning, information and guidance for educational settings and on free school meals https://education-ni.gov.uk

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Coronavirus Testing for essential workers

28th April 2020

Coronavirus testing is now available for essential or key workers who are self-isolating due to having coronavirus-like symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms. Testing is also available to symptomatic people who live with key or essential workers. When to get tested You...

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Belfast Zoo Comes To You

3rd April 2020

Belfast Zoo is helping to spread some positivity and coming to you through the world of social media while it is temporarily closed to the public due to Covid19. The dedicated zoo team are providing regular updates so you don’t miss out on the animal antics, and posting them on Facebook, Twitter...

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Online virtual tours from the UK and around the world

3rd April 2020

  We have compiled a list of some of the best live webcams from arounds the world suitable for children and families.  ­­­­As with all online content, parental discretion is advised. UK Our top pick The British Museum - The London based ‘Museum of the...

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Into Film launches Review 100 competition

2nd April 2020

Calling all young film buffs – the search is on for the best Northern Ireland movie reviews by children and teens with the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher every week. Educational charity Into Film has launched the new competition on its social media channels to help young people to...

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School Health Programme Takes on Global Challenge to Keep Families Active

29th March 2020

Healthy Kidz launches Global Challenge to tackle inactivity at home  As schools close to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and parents take on their newfound responsibilities as teachers, a team of educators and sports coaches from Northern Ireland have launched a free initiative to...

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School Secretary of the Year 2020

16th March 2020

Click on the link underneath the image below to vote for your No 1 School Secretary    

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Contact tracing continuing as PHA urges people to follow advice

10th March 2020

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is continuing to conduct the process of contact tracing with people who have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. The agency is urging those who have been advised to self-isolate to do so, but is also reassuring anyone who hasn’t been contacted as...

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March madness as Belfast Zoo launches ROAR-some offer!

1st March 2020

Belfast Zoo will be offering a ‘zooper’ special offer on all membership purchased throughout the month of March.   From Sunday 1 March through Tuesday 31 March, visitors can avail of 20% discount on all membership. By joining the Belfast Zoo family, members get a whole year of unlimited...

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Council wins 'Excellence in Environmental Sustainability' award

28th February 2020

An ongoing campaign by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Environmental Resources team has received a prestigious Local Government award. The LiveSmart initiative was the overall winner in the 'Excellence in Environmental Sustainability by a Local Authority' category at an event...

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Autism-Friendly shows at the McNeill Theatre in Larne

20th February 2020

Autism-Friendly relaxed performances will soon be on the billing at the McNeill Theatre in Larne after Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was awarded funding of £30,000 from the Department for Communities (DfC) to upgrade the venue’s lighting system. The new fit-for-purpose lighting will...

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Council's school engagement programme is top of the class

15th February 2020

Over 800 schoolchildren from across the borough have attended an engagement programme organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. As part of Council's Good Relations Programme, P7 pupils took part in a number of events at the Larne Leisure Centre, The Braid Arts Centre Ballymena and the...

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Council backs call to encourage more girls and women to play football

9th February 2020

  ​Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has agreed to play its part in promoting, supporting and facilitating more girls and women to take up football. A Notice of Motion tabled by Cllr Marc Collins, which was agreed at this month's...

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A busy start to the New Year for Belfast Zoo!

2nd February 2020

The zookeepers have been busy working out who's who at Belfast Zoo. A huge count of around 120 species and 600 individual animals has been completed! Animal counts are completed as part of zookeeper's daily routine, but it is important every year to have a detailed register of all the animals...

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£50,000 Crowdfunder competition for Projects that Matter in Belfast

27th January 2020

To celebrate the launch of Crowdfund Belfast, Belfast City Council in partnership with Crowdfunder is running a competition to award 10 winning projects that matter in Belfast up to £5,000 towards a crowdfunding campaign.   The competition is open to all those Belfast based social enterprises...

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Children’s annual design competition opens for entries

19th January 2020

A national charity is on the hunt for the UK’s best young designers as they launch their WOW badge design competition. Living Streets, the UK charity behind the walk to school campaign, is asking primary school aged children to design the 11 badges to be used in WOW – their year-round...

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New Brook leisure centre officially opened

16th January 2020

Lord Mayor, Councillor Daniel Baker, officially opened the new £15 million Brook Leisure Centre today (17 January) following a busy first month when it welcomed almost 8,000 visitors. Brook, which will focus largely on outdoor leisure provision, is the third of seven new centres to open as part...

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Last chance to have say on development of new Play Plan

12th January 2020

Local people are reminded that there are just a few days left to give their views on the development of future play park provision across Derry and Strabane. The consultation closes on January 20th and is part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Play Plan strategy to improve facilities...

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Kick start your New Year fitness regime with Council's £1 taster sessions

1st January 2020

Derry City and Strabane District Council are offering an added incentive to anyone embarking on a New Year fitness regime by offering selected fitness classes for just £1. The sessions are being held in Council's leisure facilities this week from January 6th – 12th and include yoga,...

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Council in search for sporting superstars

1st January 2020

Belfast City Council is searching for the city’s next sporting superstar. The “Find a Sports Star” programme will take place in four leisure centres across the city in February 2020, aiming to unearth such sporting talent as World Champion Boxer Carl Frampton or Olympic gold medallist...

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Mayor launches NI Primary School Road Safety Quiz 2020

10th December 2019

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, this week joined Dermot Harrigan, Manager of the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Davy Jackson from Road Safe NI, for the launch of the Derry City and Strabane heat of the Primary School Road Safety...

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Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum sets creative challenge for schools and youth organisations

8th December 2019

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) is challenging young people across Northern Ireland to share their creativity and vision for a world where 'Change Starts With Us' and enter their creative competition before the 20 December 2019 deadline.   The competition was launched...

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Transfer Process - School Open Days/Evenings 19/20

1st December 2019

The Christmas tree has been taken down and the decorations packed away. The new school term begins and it’s going to be a very busy January for Year 7 pupils and their parents. Why? Because the secondary school transfer process begins in earnest! You and your child will probably have discussed...

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Vote Re Our 2020 Family Star Awards

28th November 2019

Click the image below to vote re our 2020 Family Star Awards

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Search begins for NI’s young movie critic of 2019

27th November 2019

The search is on for Northern Ireland’s top young movie reviewer. Education charity Into Film has launched its new competition The Big Review of the Year, which is open to any movie buffs aged 5-19. Sean Kelly from Into Film said: “2019 has been another incredible year for film with...

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Go 'wild' this Christmas with a unique gift from Belfast Zoo

25th November 2019

Belfast Zoo isn't having a 'giraffe' with these cracking Christmas gifts! Suitable for a range of ages, the zoo offers unique, interactive animal encounters, the 'purr-fect' gift for animal lovers. Choose from a lemur, penguin or giraffe feeding experience, or a hands-on Junior Keeper...

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Christmas adventures of Soda and Champ!

25th November 2019

Prepare to be enchanted this festive season with the Christmas adventures of Soda and Champ! The special animated story tells the tale of Soda the cat and Champ the dog – an unlikely pair who embark on an exciting journey to make it home on time for Christmas. The animated adventure will...

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CHRISTMAS BARGAIN ALERT

11th November 2019

Christmas in a Box from Marks and Spencer Only £35 What you get: 6ft Tree Lights 60 decorations Comes in 2 different styles https://www.marksandspencer.com/christmas-in-a-…/p/p60275287

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Council to mark International Children's Day with free activities

7th November 2019

A number of FREE events are being planned across Mid and East Antrim to celebrate International Children's Day on Wednesday 20 November. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This is the most widely ratified international...

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Festive launch for Flowerfield Christmas Craft Fair

6th November 2019

Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart will host a very special event on Saturday 23rd November to mark the official opening of its Christmas Craft Fair.   Guests can look forward to live music, craft demonstrations and workshops for kids along with a twilight Naturally North Coast & Glens...

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Friday Fun Club at Island Arts Centre

31st October 2019

For children 5 - 11 years. Kick start the weekend with immersive, imaginative experiences. A host of arty activities are on offer, including sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and craft. Children will be encouraged to develop their creativity and visual awareness. Colour, shape, texture, techniques...

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Last few tickets for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s at the Grand Opera House.

29th October 2019

Treat the family to something completely different next weekend! Last few tickets remaining for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triumphant return to the Grand Opera House. On Saturday 9 November 2.30pm, this world-class dance company will present a programme designed especially for families and younger...

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CALLING ALL BUDDING STORYTELLERS

21st October 2019

BBC Northern Ireland Two Minute Tales is a short story COMPETITION for 5-13 year-olds aimed at promoting creativity and literacy. The competition will open closes on Friday 15th November 2019. If you'd like to submit a story for consideration then it needs to be no longer than 300 words and...

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Introduction to Autism & Puberty with Bluebird Counselling NI.

20th October 2019

Introduction to Autism & Puberty Open to parents & carers of kids/teens with ASD. For many parents this is often a difficult subject so why not join me for an introduction workshop on Autism & Puberty. We will discuss: What is puberty and what changes can you expect. How to support...

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Restoration works are nearing completion at The Dobbins Inn.

20th October 2019

Restoration works are nearing completion on the long standing establishment in Carrickfergus known as The Dobbins Inn. The project has been funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Mid and Antrim Borough Council, through Carrickfergus Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), in partnership with...

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Halloween at The Navan Centre

14th October 2019

Little Spooks at the Navan Centre, Armagh (26th Oct-1st Nov) is the ideal Halloween treat for children who aren’t afraid of some spooky stories & surprises! Will you be able to escape from the Witch’s Trap? Can you help the Great Ghost Hunter to save the day? Find out for yourself this...

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Local schools invited to Building Resilience Youth Event

7th October 2019

Local post-primary schools are being invited by the Derry City & Strabane District Civic Forum to take part in a special event in the Foyle Arena this week. Dealing with Stress and Building Resilience on Friday October 11th aims to raise awareness about mental health and promote health and wellbeing...

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FESTIVE CHECK-IN FOR POLAR EXPRESS AT CULLLODEN ESTATE

30th September 2019

DUE to overwhelming demand from families across Northern Ireland for Polar Express at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa over the last five years, Hastings Hotels has announced that the popular festive event will also take place at the Culloden Estate & Spa in the lead up to Christmas. The Polar...

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Frightfully Fun Activities At The Jet Centre

30th September 2019

Come along to The Jet Centre on Wednesday 30th October for a host of frightfully fun activities that are perfect for you and your family to sink your teeth into. Treat your little ghosts to a Spooky Halloween Party at Alley Cats Soft Play and Party Centre from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Enjoy play, music...

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Omagh Literary Festival Exhibition 2019

27th September 2019

The 17th Annual Omagh Literary Festival, honouring Benedict Kiely and co-ordinated by Omagh Arts Committee will take place this year from Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October in Strule Arts Centre, Omagh. As in previous years, a festival exhibition will run in conjunction with the festival and will...

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Tickets being snapped up for the world’s largest free film festival

19th September 2019

Half of the 18,000 tickets for this year’s Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film extravaganza for young people - have already been snapped up in what looks like a record breaking year for the three week event in Northern Ireland.   Schools, film clubs and parents...

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Belfast’s connectivity boosted as Council secures its digital future

19th September 2019

Belfast City Council has appointed Virgin Media Business to deliver a full fibre network to connect 200 Council sites across Belfast, guaranteeing Council’s digital business requirements for the long-term.   The appointment follows Council’s successful application to the Department...

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Book your Christening celebration at Belfast Loughshore Hotel

12th September 2019

Book your Christening celebration at Belfast Loughshore Hotel and let them take care of your child's special day. Packages starting from £10 per person. To book call our events team on 028 9336 4556

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Last chance to enter Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition!

12th September 2019

Did you manage to snap a ZOOPER photograph during your recent visit to Belfast Zoo? You can be in with the chance of winning cash prizes or professional canvas prints of your photos, but you better be quick as entries must be in before 4pm on Friday 20 September.   Belfast Zoo’s 36th...

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Botanic Gardens Annual Autumn Fair

8th September 2019

Botanic Gardens will mark the changing of the seasons at our annual Autumn Fair on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Seasonal treats at this family favourite include our Autumn Flower Show, displays of local produce, food and craft stalls, children's activities and funfair rides (prices apply). Pop...

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Exciting weekend planned as part of the "Links Across the Lough" PEACE IV programme

8th September 2019

A weekend of fun as part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council's 'Links Across the Lough' Peace IV programme, will take place this Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September at the Broadmeadow, Enniskillen.     The 'Links Across the Lough' is one of 16 projects identified...

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Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum

1st September 2019

Every Monday from 16 September to 25 November 2019 at the Bessbrook Community Centre from 10am - 12noon there will be 'Introductory Awareness of Autistic Spectrum - Level 2' course happening. This unit will cost £10 and it provides an introduction to autistic spectrum conditions. It...

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LORD MAYOR SAYS ‘MAKE IT BELFAST’ ONE YEAR AFTER BANK BUILDINGS FIRE

1st September 2019

Belfast City Council has joined with Belfast Chamber, Belfast One and Visit Belfast to announce a range of projects aimed at continuing the regeneration and development of the city centre, one year after the Primark Fire. The council, its partners, Belfast business community and other stakeholders...

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Rory Best Calls on Families to Get One of Their Five a Day

27th August 2019

Rory Best Calls on Families to Get One of Their Five a Day and Take on the ‘Forest Feast Super Wild Challenge’   Ireland rugby captain and father of three, Rory Best, is calling on families across Northern Ireland to take on the ‘Forest Feast Super Wild Challenge’ –...

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​Mayor urges residents to sign up to Organ Donation Week

26th August 2019

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow is urging all the borough's residents to sign up to donate as part of Organ Donation Week 2019, which runs from 2-8 September. Last Year 9 patients died waiting for an organ transplant and a further 35 were taken off the list because of deteriorating...

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EA congratulates A Level and AS Level students on results day

15th August 2019

Chair of the Education Authority (EA), Sharon O’Connor has been congratulating students, as they receive their AS and A Level exam results today.     “Today is an important day for students and their families, teachers, and schools across Northern Ireland. We are proud...

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SuperCupNI hailed as a great result

7th August 2019

This year's STATSports SuperCupNI has been praised as "one of the best to date" following the week-long festival of football. Many of the best youth teams and players from around the world showcased their skills on pitches throughout Mid and East Antrim during the prestigious competition...

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Ould Lammas Fair

7th August 2019

Four fabulous days are set to be had in Ballycastle at the annual Ould Lammas Fair this year. The oldest show in Ireland will start with the ever popular heavy horse show parade and vintage tractor display through the town on Saturday 24thAugust. Following on the success from last year, the fun...

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Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival dates confirmed for 2019

3rd August 2019

Locals and visitors are invited to discover the beauty, tranquillity and hospitality of the Glenelly and Killeter Regions when the Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival returns on 14th and 15th September 2019.   The festival, a must for experienced and novice walkers alike, has gone from...

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Walls 400 Exhibition officially opens at the Tower Museum

22nd July 2019

Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Cara Hunter, has officially opened the Walls 400 Exhibition at the Tower Museum in Derry. The special exhibition is free for the public to attend and tells the story of the iconic ramparts and their dramatic role in the history of Derry...

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Pet Friendly Fur-managh!

21st July 2019

Fermanagh Lakelands is the perfect destination for your four - legged family members!   Everybody knows that pets are part of the family too, it is now much easier to plan that break away with your furry friend to the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands by looking at a list of accommodation,...

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9th July 2019

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Belfast Zoo celebrates pitter patter of penguins, pudu and prairie dog pups

8th July 2019

It has been a busy summer so far for Belfast Zoo with bundles of new animals making an appearance. Last month, Belfast Zoo was thrilled to welcome the arrival of penguin chicks, prairie dog pups and a tiny pudu fawn alongside Ballygeorge the Rothschild's giraffe calf.   Belfast Zoo are...

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New roof taking shape at Carrickfergus Castle

3rd July 2019

One of Mid and East Antrim's best-known attractions will see work carried out to replace the roof of the Great Tower or Keep at Carrickfergus Castle as the oak timer arrives this week that will form the new roof. The new timbers will be used to form the main structure of the new roof, which...

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Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Celebrates 30 Years in Business

1st July 2019

The team at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre are delighted to be celebrating their 30th anniversary welcoming visitors from across the globe. Patricia McCauley, Visitor Centre Manager, said "We opened the doors to our visitor centre on the 28th June 1989. At the time, a brave decision we...

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Thousands enjoy family fun at GrangeFest

26th June 2019

Over 5,000 people flocked to the Grange Park in Omagh on Saturday 22 June 2019 for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council's free family fun day - GrangeFest.   The event which featured music, dance, singing, arts, sports and more included performances from Moana...

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Andrew Jackson cottage reopens after £250k renovation works

26th June 2019

One of Northern Ireland's most cherished tourism attractions, The Andrew Jackson Cottage in Mid and East Antrim, is open to the public after a £250k makeover. The Andrew Jackson Cottage, named after the 7th President of the United States is an Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in the 1750s...

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Children not getting enough sleep, risking poor diets and obesity, BNF survey finds

10th June 2019

New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) reveals that 32 percent of primary and 70 percent of secondary school children reported sleeping less than 9 hours* on the previous night, despite emerging research linking poor sleep quality to less healthy food choices, and increased risk of...

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Game of Thrones fever spreads to Larne town centre in exciting new Art Trail

10th June 2019

Larne is continuing to show off its creative flair as four new pieces of street art take to the town centre. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Larne Renovation Generation (LRG) and Larne Traders Forum have all been working together to bring these pieces to life by creating an Art Trail around...

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Blue Flag Celebration for Cranfield, Tyrella and Murlough

4th June 2019

Cranfield, Tyrella and Murlough beaches were awarded Blue Flag status at the 2019 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards on Thursday 30 May at The Marine Court Hotel, Bangor.   The awards, which were presented by Ian Humphreys Chief Executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, are bestowed to coastal...

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Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP supports 'Safer Cycling' Initiative

3rd June 2019

Resources including cameras and high visibility gilets have been presented to a number of local cycling clubs from across the Fermanagh and Omagh District as part of a "Safer Cycling" initiative.       Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership...

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Kick-off for Greenisland’s new £800k 3G pitch

2nd June 2019

A brand new, state-of-the-art 3G football pitch is ready for a summer of action in Greenisland after an investment of more than £800k. The new facilities will not only host Greenisland FC, but act as a sports hub for the entire community with outdoor gym equipment and further plans in the...

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Purple Flag accolade for Enniskillen

19th May 2019

Enniskillen has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag quality assurance for the 8th year running in recognition of the town's thriving evening and night-time economy.    Purple Flag – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – is an international award for towns...

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NATIONAL TRUST’S CASTLE COOLE ESTATE PLAYS HOST TO THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL

19th May 2019

Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, 21 May 2019; The National Trust was delighted to welcome its President, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Castle Coole, alongside 1,000 invited guests and dignitaries as part of the Secretary of State’s garden party.   This is the first...

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NEW GARDEN OF REFLECTION CREATES A LASTING TRIBUTE

19th May 2019

A new Garden of Reflection at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, was officially opened today (23rd May 2019) for residents who have been affected by the loss of a child. The dedication, led by the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, was held for the families who presented the name of their child to be remembered...

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The Gobbins coastal walk makes waves winning infrastructure award

19th May 2019

One of Northern Ireland's most exhilarating tourist attractions has bagged a prestigious infrastructure award. The AECOM Excellence Awards judges assess projects right across the UK and Ireland. The Gobbins cliff path in Islandmagee fought off stiff competition from projects involving Irish...

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ROWALLANE GARDEN PLAYS HOST TO THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

18th May 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic book, written by Judith Kerr OBE, The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition will open in Co Down on Friday 10 May and run daily until the end of June. Located in the Stable Yard at Rowallane Garden, the exhibition will bring Judith Kerr’s classic...

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Brand new climate change play coming to The Alley

18th May 2019

Multi award winning theatre company, Sole Purpose Productions are launching a brand new play where a woman kidnaps arch climate change denier Donald Trump to save the planet and its coming to the Alley Theatre on Thursday 30th May at 8pm.   ‘Mothers Out Front’ by writer, academic...

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Belfast first council in NI to introduce dedicated service for Deaf community

18th May 2019

Belfast has become the first council in Northern Ireland to provide a dedicated sign language service for Deaf residents and visitors.   The pilot scheme, being introduced at three Belfast City Council venues, will allow Deaf people to independently communicate with hearing people via a British...

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Enjoy a voyage of discovery at Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

18th May 2019

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival is set to make a splash when it returns to Ballycastle and Rathlin Island later this month. From May 24th – June 2nd get closer to the maritime heritage of this very special part of the Causeway Coast and Glens through an exciting and engaging programme of events. The...

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Young deaf authors and artists display their creativity

5th May 2019

Deaf children and young people from across Northern Ireland are set to exhibit their work at Belfast’s historic Central Library after winning a competition run by the National Deaf Children’s Society.   35 talented winners were chosen for the quality of their work, ranging from...

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Local school teams up with PCSP to tackle traffic

22nd April 2019

Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the PSNI have been working with Acorn Integrated Primary School to tackle traffic issues outside the school. New road safety signs are going up outside the school, the PSNI are holding a road safety workshop for all the pupils...

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Big Lunch competition in Northern Ireland

17th April 2019

The Big Lunch is running an art and poetry competition open to people of all ages across Northern Ireland with prizes of £25 in vouchers for a range of age categories and £100 for the overall winner. To enter, just mail in an image or a poem to be used on one piece of bunting, using words...

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Seasonal favourite Spring Fair takes place in the Land of Oz this year

16th April 2019

With the arrival of Spring, so comes the annual Spring Fair at Malone House and Barnett Demesne on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April (1.30pm-5.30pm) - set in the Land of Oz this year.   Organised by Belfast City Council and one of the highlights of the seasonal calendar in the city, this year’s...

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New section of Riverside Walk and Cycle Path opens

8th April 2019

A newly completed section of the Riverside Walk and Cycle Path in Omagh has opened.   The new section includes a 750-metre pedestrian and cycle path connecting the existing Riverside Walk and Cycle Path to the pedestrian footpath at the Showgrounds Retail Park.   A pedestrian and...

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WIN WIN WIN

3rd April 2019

The Easter Holidays are almost here and the Grand Opera House is offering Primary Times subscribers 10% off a family ticket for selected performances of the 'crack-a-lackin' live musical adventure - Madagascar!   Use promo code MADTIMES to save 10% on a family ticket (2 adults...

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Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend

1st April 2019

The Open Farm Weekend is the perfect opportunity to find out more about how our food is produced and to raise awareness of the importance of the local supply chain. Throughout Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June you will have the chance to reconnect with the countryside and the local farming community...

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Basketball Twinning Programme unites local schoolchildren

30th March 2019

The power of sport has brought local schoolchildren together through an innovative twinning programme, led by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. This basketball twinning programme engaged children from across the community, and participating schools included Ballykeel Primary, Camphill Primary,...

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Red Arrows Return to Newcastle as Part of Festival of Flight

30th March 2019

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is pleased to announce that the Red Arrows will be taking part in the Festival of Flight, which takes place in Newcastle, County Down on Saturday, 22 June 2019.   Speaking about the Red Arrow’s forthcoming participation in the annual event, Newry,...

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Go a hunting as Belfast Zoo celebrates its 85th birthday

21st March 2019

Belfast Zoo is 85 years old and to celebrate is hosting a birthday party on Saturday 30 March with a treasure hunt offering 85 fantastic prizes. It is part of a fun filled adventure day with other activities including live history tales, animal feeding times, juggling workshops, garden games and street...

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New study reveals primary school aged children learn better after physical activity

10th March 2019

77% of participating schools noted an improvement in brain function and learning in pupils after exercise Exercise improved mood of all children in the study, notably boys Brain speed improved by up to 19% after exercise A new Super Movers study has demonstrated the positive effect exercise...

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Local sports stars dazzle at Mid and East Antrim awards

7th March 2019

  The best of the borough’s sporting talent was celebrated at last night’s Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Sports Awards. The glittering awards ceremony took place at the Tullyglass House Hotel in Ballymena. This is the fourth annual Sports Awards for Mid and East Antrim Borough...

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Strabane Sigersons' youth coaches encouraging kids to 'Have a Ball' & keep active

28th February 2019

Youth coaches from Strabane Sigersons GAA club are taking the lead on a new health & wellbeing programme which will see children aged 4-8 receive an introduction to exercise in a safe, fun environment thanks to a grant of £2,800 from the 'Change Something Fund'. The 'Change Something'...

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Registration deadline for ESB Science Blast Belfast extended!

28th February 2019

Due to popular demand the deadline to register for ESB Science Blast Belfast has been extended until April 3 giving classrooms of Key Stage 2 pupils even more time to secure their place at one of the island of Ireland’s BIGGEST science events. Taking place at the ICC Belfast (Waterfront Hall)...

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Manchester route to start from City of Derry this spring

24th February 2019

Following on from the positive news that Derry City and Strabane District Council has agreed to appoint Loganair to operate the London Stansted route from City of Derry Airport, Loganair has confirmed it will operate a new daily air service to Manchester. Welcoming the announcement, the Mayor of Derry...

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Make smoke alarms a legal requirement in ALL homes with children.

21st February 2019

Primary Times is campaigning to make smoke alarms a legal requirement in ALL homes with children. This is through the petition.parliament.uk platform. We would like to get as many signatures as possible, so please share widely. Please find the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/240811 •...

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Rural Areas to Benefit from Million Pound Play Parks Project

18th February 2019

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council this week celebrated the launch of a major construction and upgrade of play parks. This project was part funded by the Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership, which is a programme supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural...

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Walled City story to light up Tower Museum

6th February 2019

This weekend all eyes will be on the Tower Museum as the story of the Walls comes alive through a series of images projected onto the building’s historic façade over the weekend. The projections are part of a year-long series of events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the completion...

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Belfast Zoo offers children the chance to try out a future career in zoo keeping with new ‘Junior Keeper’ experience!

4th February 2019

Many children dream of becoming a zoo keeper when they grow up, and now Belfast Zoo is offering the chance for young animal lovers to try out their career aspirations with a new ‘junior keeper for a day’ experience.   Belfast Zoo’s new junior keeper experience provides an...

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ARTHUR COX SELECTS THE FOSTERING NETWORK AS CHARITY PARTNER

1st February 2019

Leading law firm Arthur Cox has selected The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland as its charity partner for 2019, in a move that will see the firm’s employees take an active role in volunteering for the charity. The Fostering Network is the leading fostering charity in Northern Ireland,...

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Strong link identified between children's screen time and outdoor play

30th January 2019

A new report out today shows for the first time a strong link between recreational screen time and children’s inactivity, with children choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside. The report released by the Association of Play Industries - A Movement for Movement...

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Foyle Arena to host Northern Ireland Judo Open

24th January 2019

  The cream of Northern Ireland Judo talent and a host of international competitors are set to descend on the Foyle Arena later this year for the 2019 Northern Ireland Judo Open.   The event will take place on the weekend of April 6th and 7th at the Waterside venue with competitors...

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NEW SCHEME TO PUT THE BRAKES ON SPEEDING MOTORISTS IN MID AND EAST ANTRIM

23rd January 2019

Speeding motorists are being warned to slow down to save lives near primary schools and other areas across the borough where speeding is a problem. Over the next few months, a number of speed detection and alert signs (SIDs), funded by Mid and East Antrim's Policing and Community Safety Partnership,...

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Captivating 'Let the Dance Begin' performance set for the Alley

17th January 2019

The finale of a six-week community arts and wellbeing project 'Let the Dance Begin' will take place in the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Thursday 7th February 2019 – promising a captivating performance which will see community groups and schools collide 'On the Air' for a celebration...

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£400,000 redevelopment of Navarra Place playground in north Belfast gets green light

15th January 2019

Work will begin next month on the £400,000 redevelopment of Navarra Place playground in north Belfast, following planning approval at Planning Committee last night. The project is co-funded by Belfast City Council, the Department of Justice and T:BUC (Together: Building A United Community) from...

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W5 Opens New MED-Lab Exhibition

10th January 2019

Created in association with Almac Group, Ireland’s first attraction to explore human body unveiled   MED-Lab, a new interactive medical themed exhibition area at W5, takes visitors of all ages on an extraordinary and fun journey of discovery into the human body.   The only...

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Belfast Nursery Named Best in UK

7th January 2019

Puddleducks Day Nursery in Belfast is celebrating after winning a top national gong at the prestigious Nursery Management Today Awards in London last month.   Crowned the ‘Best Individual Nursery’ for the whole of the UK, Puddleducks was applauded for its focus on “the self-esteem,...

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

29th November 2018

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny is ideal for a stylish getaway in a beautiful part of Ireland. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant, heated swimming pool, gymnasium and free on-site parking. The hotel has easy access to major motorways and natural attractions, as well as a town centre location in...

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Come and Visit Santa at the Dundonald International Ice Bowl

29th November 2018

Enjoy a special treat this Christmas and book your seat at Santa's table. Join Santa for a hearty breakfast or supper followed by a choice of ice skating, tenpin bowling or Indiana Land for a magical festive treat. Breakfast with Santa runs every Saturday and Sunday from 1st to 23rd December at...

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Lord Mayor unveils her Christmas Card today with young 'star' of it

27th November 2018

Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, unveiled her Christmas Card today accompanied by the 'star' of it – a young toddler from the city who is also raising awareness of the NHS Organ Donation campaign. Two-year-old, Dáithí Mac Gabhann, was born with hypoplastic left heart...

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Mayor launches extensive programme of Christmas events

18th November 2018

A Grand Christmas Procession through the city centre and the return of the popular Strabane Fayre and Guildhall Craft Fair are just some of the highlights in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s exciting programme of festive events for 2018. The programme was launched this week and begins...

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Friendship Four takes over Visit Belfast

12th November 2018

Excitement is building ahead of the fourth annual Friendship Four Ice Hockey tournament, returning to the SSE Arena on 23 and 24 November. Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey joined Josh Hagwell, representing the Eastern College Athletic Conference; MaryJo McCanny, Director of Visitor Services...

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NI children enjoy premiere of Grinch as Into Film Festival opens

8th November 2018

The Into Film Festival kicked off in Belfast today with schoolchildren from Northern Ireland taking part in a UK-wide “Pupil Premiere” of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. The world’s largest, free, youth film festival opened this week (November 7) with simultaneous premieres held...

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Family fun a plenty at Christmas Lights Switch-On

1st November 2018

Tickets for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On, which takes place on Saturday 17 November, will be released this coming Monday (5 November).   Speaking about this year’s entertainment programme, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, said: “I’m looking...

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Belfast Regional partners welcome City Deal budget announcement

29th October 2018

Belfast Region City Deal partners have welcomed news of £350 million investment from Treasury announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in this afternoon’s Autumn Budget. As part of the deal, the NI Executive is expected to add at least a further £350 million and councils will contribute...

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BBC SEARCHES FOR TEACHER TO STAR IN SUPER MOVERS CAMPAIGN

22nd October 2018

BBC SEARCHES FOR TEACHER TO STAR IN SUPER MOVERS CAMPAIGN   The BBC is looking for a talented teacher to star in their Super Movers campaign. Super Movers is an initiative delivered by the BBC and the Premier League which inspires teachers to get their classrooms moving more. The campaign...

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Council issues Halloween safety advice

22nd October 2018

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is urging residents who plan to use fireworks this Halloween to follow the Fireworks Code to reduce the risk of personal injury.   Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:   "The Council wishes...

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Grants now available for young people to 'Change Something' in their local community

18th October 2018

The first open call for applications to the new 'Change Something Fund' has been launched this week – and organisers are encouraging young people aged 13-24 throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to apply for grants. The Change Something Fund is your chance to change...

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Grab your wands and get ready for a spellbinding weekend!

15th October 2018

On Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October, Movie House Dublin Road will be heading back to Hogwarts to bring all 8 Harry Potter Movies on the big screen in one magical weekend!   DAY ONE (Saturday 20th): 10.45am Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (PG) 1.30pm Harry...

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Joint school choir performance marks Shared Education Week

10th October 2018

A special cross community choir performance in Cloonavin has marked Northern Ireland’s first Shared Education week. Promoting the ethos of living and learning together, pupils from Killowen Primary School and St Malachy’s Primary School sang an original song to an audience which included...

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ABC Lord Mayor and NI Children's Commissioner Launch Council Play Strategy

10th October 2018

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council) has pledged its commitment to prioritising children and young people's right to leisure, play and culture by launching its Play Strategy 2018-2026 on World Mental Health Day. The eight-year strategy puts ABC Council at the forefront...

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Barnardo's NI comment in response to NICCY Review

4th October 2018

Barnardo's Northern Ireland Director, Lynda Wilson, said: "We welcome the 'Still Waiting' review and the work carried out by the Commissioner and her office. Mental health and wellbeing is a key area of concern for Barnardo's Northern Ireland, and this report is both timely and...

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Investment is Child's Play for Belfast City Council

1st October 2018

Investing in the future is child's play for Belfast City Council - it has spent £4.5 million on 49 playgrounds across the city.   The Playground Improvement Programme has been running since 2012/13 and the council has just announced work, worth £580,000 on another five playgrounds...

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WIN WIN WIN

26th September 2018

WIN WIN WIN We have 25 sets of Family Tickets (4 people) to attend the special screening of Smallfoot on Sat Oct 6 at Movie House Cityside Go to https://www.facebook.com/PrimaryTimesNorthernIreland/

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International Day of Peace celebrated in Ballycastle.

24th September 2018

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has attended a World International Day of Peace gathering in Ballycastle. The event in the Save the Children shop was organised to celebrate the growing diversity of the local community and included music, dance and food from around the world. The...

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Borough's museums continue to make history at NI awards

24th September 2018

Three of the borough's museums, including council's Mid-Antrim Museum, have been recognised at a nationwide awards ceremony. The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development....

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Record numbers explore the majesty of Sperrins and Killeter at Walking Festival

23rd September 2018

Hundreds of people put their hiking boots on and headed into the local countryside at the weekend for the 2018 Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival. A number of new routes added to the public interest this year including a Brexit themed Beyond Borders walk and The Bright and Beautiful Walk which...

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Register for THIS YEAR'S Anti-Bullying Week & CREATIVE COMPETITION

13th September 2018

FINAL CALL FOR Local Schools AND Youth Organisations To Register for THIS YEAR'S Anti-Bullying Week AND TAKE PART IN CREATIVE COMPETITION   RESPECT is at the heart of this year's Anti-Bullying Week -   Schools and youth organisations across Northern Ireland have just...

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World’s biggest youth film festival returns to NI

9th September 2018

The world’s biggest youth film festival returns to Northern Ireland on November 7-23, with 22,633 free places available for film screenings and events for 5-19 year-olds.   Bookings opened today (September 5) for the sixth Into Film Festival 2018, which is open to schools, colleges,...

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Try out the new Blaze restaurant at Lisburn Bowl

3rd September 2018

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Autumn gets underway in city with return of seasonal favourite Autumn Fair in Botanic Gardens

30th August 2018

Autumn gets underway in the city with the return of the Autumn Fair in Belfast’s beautiful Botanic Gardens on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September - with fun-filled activities for all ages to enjoy. Celebrate a weekend of flowers, food and free family fun as the seasonal favourite takes place...

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Derry conjures up a bewitching Halloween launch

21st August 2018

Derry’s ancient Walls became a sea of pointy hats this evening as a coven of hundreds of witches came together to launch the programme for this year’s world famous Halloween celebration in the city. The 2018 event will run from 26th October – 3rd November 2018, with over 100 family...

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Pack the perfect picnic in the park, Dungannon Park

9th August 2018

Pack up your picnics, gather family and friends and be sure to have a great day out at Dungannon Park on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment at the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event, for many marking the end of the school summer holidays.   Organised...

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Holy Road Nursery in Belfast shortlisted for national award

8th August 2018

Play More was set up to help deserving nurseries improve their outdoor play areas with financial support or murals. It is an initiative which was set up by Sudocrem and has been designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature and explore the greatest playground on earth- the...

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Children's Writing Fellow coming to Limavady

5th August 2018

Northern Ireland's first Children's Writing Fellow is coming to Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday 11th August.   Myra Zepf will facilitate a reading and writing workshop for children aged 4-6 where she will read extracts from her acclaimed book 'Don't Go to School.'   The...

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Free RAF aircraft tour, Donard Park, Newcastle

29th July 2018

The Tour will be open to the public from 11am – 6pm on Friday 10th and 9am – 6pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of August. Visitors will be able to get up close to a mixture of active, heritage and replica aircraft on display, all of which have played a major part in the RAF’s...

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Invest in Play project in Kilfennan

25th July 2018

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, has officially opened the new ‘Invest in Play’ play park project in Kilfennan to the public. The eagerly awaited development is jointly funded by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) under the NI Executive’s Delivering...

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Futsal Summer Camp for children and young people, Omagh Leisure Complex

22nd July 2018

Coach-led Futsal Summer camps for children and young people aged 10 – 12 years will take place in Omagh this summer as part of the EU's PEACE IV Cross Community / Cross Border Youth Sports Programme.   The free futsal camps, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership...

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Getting into the Swim: Pool Pods Come to Newry Leisure Centre

8th July 2018

Enjoying a swim in Newry Leisure Centre will become easier for anyone living with a disability or restricted mobility, with the announcement of a new pool pod into Newry Leisure Centre. The Pool Pod, which is a platform lift developed for London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will enable...

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School's out for Summer – check out our MEAdventures checklist!

8th July 2018

With the summer holidays well and truly underway, Council is urging you to get outdoors and enjoy all the fantastic free adventures you can have right here in Mid and East Antrim. The #MEAdventures campaign launched in May, just in time for the good weather. We've had lots of interest from families...

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ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL NAMED ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ AT BEST KEPT AWARDS

14th June 2018

St. Mary’s Primary School, Draperstown has been named the ‘Best of the Best’ in the Best Kept School Awards 2018, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.   The ‘Best of the Best’ award is given to the top performing school once regional awards have been...

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Carrickfergus excavation reveals second castle for the town.

8th June 2018

Extensive excavation work on a family-run hotel in Carrickfergus has uncovered secrets of a type of castle dating back to the 1300s.   A joint project is underway to investigate the Dobbins Inn building with funding from the owners, Carrickfergus Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Heritage...

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OUTDOOR CLASSROOM LANDS AT LOCAL SCHOOL THANKS TO CITY AIRPORT

3rd June 2018

Airport’s Community Fund provides furniture for Mitchell House Special School   The George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund has provided furniture which has enabled a local school to set up an outdoor classroom.   Mitchell House School used funding from the airport...

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Blue Flag Success for Newry, Mourne and Down Beaches

31st May 2018

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is celebrating the success of its beaches in achieving Blue Flag status at the recent Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Awards ceremony. The internationally recognised award is certified by the Foundation for Environmental Education with 45 countries taking part,...

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Council presents cheque to Air Ambulance NI

24th May 2018

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton presented a cheque for £1,644.50 to the Air Ambulance NI following the success of two women’s events organised by the Council in aid of the charity.   The events, which were held to recognise this year’s International...

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Council seeks views on current leisure provision

20th May 2018

Mid Ulster District Council is asking residents to give their views on current leisure provision and participate in a new survey launched today that seeks feedback from user and non-users of leisure facilities across the Council area.   In line with the Council’s customer-focussed values,...

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Children ‘paws’ to learn at recent educational dog shows

16th May 2018

Around 500 school children from nine different schools across the borough recently took part in educational shows promoting responsible dog ownership and how to stay safe around dogs – with Gilly the poodle being the star of the show! Organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough...

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New partnership improving safety on our rivers

13th May 2018

A new partnership formed between a group of local agencies in early 2017 has resulted in an overhaul of life saving equipment provisions along the River Foyle and River Mourne. The group, which includes Foyle Search & Rescue, City Centre Initiative, Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety...

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PlasticSmart award for St Patrick’s Primary School in Glenariff

9th May 2018

St Patrick’s Primary School in Glenariff is celebrating its new PlasticSmart status. It received the recognition from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council after staff and pupils demonstrated an ongoing commitment to cutting down their reliance on single use plastic items. To mark the...

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Pre-School and Primary Admissions – September 2018

6th May 2018

Pre-School At the close of Stage One of the procedure, a total of 22,118 (96.72%) children were placed with 87.83% being offered a place at first preference.  Stage Two of the pre-school process commences on 27 April 2018 and ends on 8 June 2018. Information on this stage is available to parents...

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Friends Goodwill Music Festival returns to Larne

29th April 2018

Friends Goodwill Music Festival is set to get toes tapping again as it returns to Larne on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018. The free event, now in its second year, has been revamped with a packed programme of live music, dancing, a petting farm, children’s activities, drumming workshop, an...

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Terrific turnout for opening of Tullygarley play park

15th April 2018

Children have been enjoying the sunshine and the new facilities at Tullygarley’s state of the art play park. The nature-themed park is beside the community centre on the old Tullygarley Road and incorporates a broad range of fun and innovative play equipment for children aged 3 to 12. There...

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Belfast-Made Kids TV Series Bound for US and Canada Screens

3rd April 2018

Pablo, the ground-breaking Northern Ireland-made TV series starring for the first time a child with autism, is taking to the world stage, hitting US and Canada TV screens from this week.   Marking its transatlantic debut, Pablo, which is a live action and 2D animation series written and produced...

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Search to find the first Official Balmoral Show Correspondent

25th March 2018

It’s the largest agricultural event in the Northern Ireland calendar and the search is on to find a budding young reporter up to the challenge of becoming the first Official Ulster Bank Balmoral Show Correspondent 2018.   The competition, launched by Ulster Bank and the Royal Ulster...

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Excitement builds in Tullygarley as children welcome new play area

21st March 2018

Children and young people from Tullygarley are getting ready to play as construction work draws to an end on a brand new park. The nature-themed park is located near the community centre on the old Tullygarley Road. It incorporates a broad range of fun and innovative play equipment for children aged...

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Northern Ireland's biggest worries

18th March 2018

Six in ten across Northern Ireland believe their standard of living is worse than that of their parents' generation according to Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland's 'State of the Nation' report. The report has examined the social and community issues affecting locals...

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Belfast to host world's top travel influencers at global summit

9th March 2018

Belfast will be in the social media spotlight later this year as more than 50 of the world's top travel influencers and tourism industry leaders gather in the city for a two-day summit focused on travel marketing. Following the award-winning success of the 2016 conference held in Inverness,...

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Find out more about the Mid and East Antrim Grants Scheme

2nd March 2018

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s grants support team will be hosting a number of information sessions in March to advise groups in the borough of the various schemes and levels of funding available. The schemes provide financial support in a range of categories for event organisers, community...

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March madness as Belfast Zoo launches ZOOPER offers!

2nd March 2018

For the month of March Belfast Zoo will be offering some ZOOPER special offers!   A zooper day out – DISCOUNT ON ONLINE TICKETS Swing by for a wild day out with the zoo’s discounted online adult and child tickets*! Normal price Discounted price Adult ticket £12.50...

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Carnfunnock Country Park Consultation

15th February 2018

Putting the ‘fun’ into Carnfunnock Country Park. Council wants to hear the views of both local citizens and visitors to Carnfunnock Country Park as part of revitalisation plans. The survey is part of an eight week consultation taking place to help feed into a draft masterplan for the...

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MASTERCHEF WINNER JANE DEVONSHIRE SUPPORTS SEAFISH LAUNCH A FREE PARENT AND CHILDREN COOKING CLASS IN BELFAST

9th February 2018

A free seafood cookery school roadshow aimed at teaching parents and their children how to prepare and cook seafood will be heading to Belfast Cookery School next week, in time for February half term. The free class is part of Fish is the Dish's latest initiative, 'Back to School', encouraging...

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Bringing STEM on screen to a school near you

5th February 2018

To celebrate National STEM Clubs Week 5-10 Feb, STEM Learning is launching a brand-new set of free activities to schools around the UK – including ‘Is there witchcraft and wizardry in the real world’ and ‘Movies and magic’. The UK STEM Clubs programme is a national initiative...

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Applications sought for School Governors across Northern Ireland

24th January 2018

A new campaign has been launched today to encourage applications to the role of school governors. The Boards of Governors of schools have an important role to play in the management of a school alongside the Principal. A key function of the school governor role is to make sure that the school provides...

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MASTERCHEF WINNER JANE DEVONSHIRE SUPPORTS SEAFISH TO LAUNCH PARENT AND CHILDREN COOKING CLASS IN BELFAST

19th January 2018

A seafood cookery school roadshow aimed at teaching parents and their children how to prepare and cook seafood will be heading to Belfast Cookery School next month, in time for February half term.   The class is part of Fish is the Dish's latest initiative, 'Back to School', encouraging...

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YETIS SPOTTED AT NORTHERN IRELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

19th December 2017

A pair of yetis were recently spotted walking in to a primary school in Belfast.   There was no need for alarm though as Kumar and Maiya, mascots from the Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca, jetted in to St Ita’s Primary School at Alderwood Hill to kick-start a massive nationwide...

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Don't Miss George’s Marvellous Medicine at The Grand Opera House, Belfast 13/2/18 – 17/2/18

18th December 2017

The latest theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story George’s Marvellous Medicine has hit the stage at Curve theatre, Leicester, to rapturous responses from audience members and critics alike. Ahead of its run at The Grand Opera House in Belfast 13 – 17 Feb, Chandni Mistry,...

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Artisan market to serve up festive local fayre in Ballymena this Christmas

14th December 2017

An artisan market packed with seasonal gift ideas and delicious, locally produced festive fayre is coming to Ballymena Town Centre this Christmas.   Ballymena is brimming with opportunities to pick up those special Christmas gifts, enjoy delicious food and drink and savour the area’s...

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NI Schools ICT Excellence Awards 2017

12th December 2017

Capita Managed IT Solutions and C2k have announced the winners of the third annual NI Schools ‘ICT Excellence’ Awards. The awards ceremony held last week at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast celebrated Northern Ireland schools that are demonstrating innovation in their use of technology in teaching...

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Make a pledge to Recycle. Reduce. Refuse. Remember

7th December 2017

Children from all over the Ards and North Down borough are taking an Environmental Family Pledge whereby they are encouraged to deliver on a promise made through an innovative initiative that Ards and North Down Borough Council are rolling out this November/December. The initiative, called C.L.E.A.R,...

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Belfast City Council Are Honoured At Fields in Trust Awards 2017

6th December 2017

Belfast City Council received Local Authority Partner of the Year at the prestigious annual Fields in Trust Awards 2017. Belfast City Council was the first in the UK to launch The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s Active Spaces programme. The Belfast project is taking place on the site where the...

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Visit Santa at the Dundonald International Ice Bowl

24th November 2017

Enjoy a special treat this Christmas and book your seat at Santa's table. Join Santa for a hearty breakfast or supper followed by a choice of ice skating, tenpin bowling or Indiana Land for a magical festive treat. Breakfast with Santa runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2nd to 23rd December at...

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New community building for a new era at Annadale

23rd November 2017

A new community centre has opened just off the Ormeau Road, as the Annadale and Haywood Residents Association achieves a long held dream of a new facility located at Annadale Flats. Built in the 1950’s, Annadale Flats never had its own purpose built community facility until now, following a...

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Junior Keeper For The Day

17th November 2017

Does your little one dream of walking in the wellie boots of a zoo keeper?   Is your little one a zoo keeper in the making?   Belfast Zoo’s NEW junior keeper for a day package is coming soon and will give the next generation of zoo keepers the chance to get up close and personal...

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Out of this world photography exhibition faces final frontier at Carrickfergus Museum.

7th November 2017

An extraordinary photography exhibition featuring pictures of the night skies across Northern Ireland is launching at Carrickfergus Museum.   ‘Heavens Above’ is a collection of award-winning photographs taken by the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA). This is the last chance...

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GEORGIAN FESTIVAL TURNS BACK THE CLOCK IN ARMAGH

31st October 2017

The mists of time will descend on Armagh on the last weekend in November for a celebration of the city's glorious and historic past for the annual Georgian Festival. A packed schedule of unique events for history buffs, tourists, families and foodies alike, will provide unforgettable days across...

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Chris Riddell visits Belfast pupils to encourage doodling, drawing and visits to school libraries

29th October 2017

Chris Riddell, author, illustrator and the former Waterstones Children’s Laureate paid a visit to pupils in East Belfast as part of the BookTrust NI author tour to help inspire a love of reading amongst local primary school students. Riddell, the author of the Goth Girl series, shared stories,...

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Perfect Chemistry for Belfast Harbour & Science Starz

26th October 2017

Belfast Harbour has partnered with Science Starz in a bid to interest local children in science-based subjects with a view to inspiring Northern Ireland’s scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians of the future. The joint enterprise sees Belfast Harbour sponsor a number of Science...

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Hop on your broomstick and fly on over to Boo at the Zoo!

20th October 2017

If Halloween is coming and you don’t know what to do, head on over to Boo at the Zoo!   Dust the cobwebs off your favourite costume and hop on your broomstick for a FANG-tastic day of fiendish fun for you and your ‘little monsters’ on Saturday 28 October 2017!   Your...

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Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Awarded Highly Commended at the Prestigious British Coach Tourism Awards

4th April 2018

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the accolade of Highly Commended at The British Coach Tourism Awards 2018. Patricia McCauley Visitor Centre Manager said, "We are totally thrilled to receive the Highly Commended award in the Coach Friendly...

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CITY AIRPORT SUPPORTS NEW ECO PLAYGROUND AT BANGOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

16th October 2017

George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund helps fund new facility at St. Comgall’s Primary School, Bangor   Pupils at a Bangor Primary School are celebrating with the arrival of their new eco garden, thanks to support from George Best Belfast City Airport.   The...

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ASPIRING ENGINEERS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND WANTED FOR UK’S LARGEST ROCKET COMPETITION

12th October 2017

Northern Ireland's top students are being called upon to reach for the stars and compete in the UK's largest youth rocket competition. Students aged 11 – 18 are invited to enter the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC), with the national champions going forward to take on the USA, France...

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