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Navigating Christmas Stress as A Neurodivergent Individual

Christmas is just around the corner, and it has become impossible to go food shopping without seeing festive treats, decoration bundles, and the latest humorous Christmas jumpers. But, while some people are getting excited and look forward to the celebrations, others can struggle with extreme stress levels.  Christmas is a source of stress and anxiety …

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Napoleon Producer Mark Huffam Hosts Special Napoleon Fundraiser For Strand Arts Centre

Northern Ireland’s only operational picturehouse, the Strand Arts Centre, hosted a special preview screening of Ridley Scott’s spectacle-filled action epic, Napoleon in partnership with the movie’s producer, Mark Huffam last night (Wednesday 22 November). Guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon champagne reception on arrival, before film critic Brian Henry Martin led a conversation with the …

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Cracking The Christmas Code: The Ultimate Gift Guide According To 2023 Trends

The holiday season is upon us, and the race to find the perfect Christmas gift is officially on. But fear not, festive shoppers! We’ve delved into the intricate world of gifting preferences based on the latest 2023 study by Zinklar. Brace yourselves for a sleigh-full of insights that will make your present-picking process a breeze. …

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Northern Ireland’s Vulnerable at Risk: The Pressing Need for EV Charging Infrastructure

Renewables experts Everun call for immediate action to enhance EV charging facilities for mobility vehicle users Renewables experts Everun are calling for the Northern Ireland government to prioritise an upgrade in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country as soon as they return to business. The company said not only does Stormont need …

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Support Local – Northern Ireland Christmas Gift Guide

‘When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.’ If you’re giving gifts this Christmas, consider the profound impact you could have by supporting small, local businesses based right here in Northern Ireland. We boast a vibrant small business community that includes family-owned businesses, social enterprises, charming boutiques, and …

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Mallusk Enterprise Park To Transform Into Festive Market To Support Over 20 Local Businesses This Week

An indoor market with over 20 stalls and a pop up Santa’s Grotto will transform the local enterprise agency at Mallusk on Wednesday November 29. The evening event will offer visitors the chance to pick up handmade presents and enjoy a night out supporting the business community in the countdown to Christmas. Hosted and supported by …

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Appeal For Pledges To Protect Wildlife This Winter As Initiative Nears 5000 Target

Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Let Nature In’ campaign, in partnership with Hughes Insurance, has reached an important milestone with 2217 households in Northern Ireland embracing wildlife-friendly activities in their outdoor spaces thus far. However, with a target of 5,000 households to reach, Ulster Wildlife is calling on more people across the province to open their hearts and …

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Let’s Count With CCEA’s Refreshed Learning Resource

Did you know that, in Northern Ireland, the population of Country Antrim is more than 10 times that of County Fermanagh and that in 2021 Ahoghill and Whitehead were ‘census twins’ because they both had a population of exactly 3,537 people?   Let’s Count! is a learning resource developed by CCEA in partnership with Census 2021, supported by NISRA, …

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All Aboard The Christmas Express With A Personalised NSPCC Letter From Santa

This year, take your little ones on the ‘Christmas Express’ – Santa’s magical flying train, with a personalised NSPCC Letter from Santa. In return for a donation, Santa will write a personalised Christmas letter to your little one featuring enchanting stories and illustrations, and lots of details that only Santa could know – such as …

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Students From Ireland & NI Collaborate On EU/UK Youth Citizenship Workshop In Derry~Londonderry

Students from Ireland and Northern Ireland are taking part in a Citizenship Workshop hosted at Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry this week (6-10 November), as part of the EU/UK Youth Stronger Together programme. Media industry professionals are mentoring the Media, Journalism and Performing Arts students, from North West Regional College (NWRC), to create media content that …

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Ballymena Girlguides Challenge Politicians On Mental Health Crisis

Girlguides from the 1st Cullybackey Guides Unit have tackled local politicians on their response to a recent survey which revealed the happiness level of girls and young women in Northern Ireland is at a 15 year low. The issue was raised at Girlguiding Ulster’s Parliament Week event, held at Stormont, where a group of guides and …

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Ulster Bank Announces £100,000 Package Of Support For Organisations Facing Cost Of Living Challenges

Twelve charitable organisations have received a ‘helping hand’ from Ulster Bank to try and alleviate pressures brought about by the current cost of living challenges.  Foodbanks, heating hubs and other care providers have each been given a share of Ulster Bank’s £100,000 Helping Hands Fund so that they can continue to offer the services and …

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More Than 39,300 Food Parcels Distributed By The Trussell Trust In Northern Ireland As Need Continues To Soar

New figures released by the Trussell Trust reveal that 39,334 emergency food parcels were provided to people between April and September by food banks in the charity’s Northern Ireland-wide network. This is the most parcels that the network has ever distributed at this point in the year and represents a 23% increase from the same …

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Charity Launches Large-Scale Public Awareness Campaign For Genetic Condition With 1 In 10 At Risk Across Northern Ireland

Recent research by patient charity Haemochromatosis UK has revealed that 1 in 10 people are at risk in Northern Ireland of genetic haemochromatosis.  Most people have never heard of the condition. Yet it’s the most common genetic condition locally.  Untreated, the condition can lead to toxic iron overload, where the body is unable to process …

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Oliver Gunning Receives Inaugural Vision Sports Ireland Education Bursary

Vision Sports Ireland is delighted to announce Oliver Gunning from Ballyclare, County Antrim, as the recipient of the inaugural Education Bursary proudly supported by Mason Hayes & Curran.  Oliver is currently completing his first-year studies in BSc Hons Sport, Physical Education and Professional Education at the University of Stirling. Oliver is aspiring to assist others …

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60 Businesses Unite To Fuel Young Entrepreneurs In Northern Ireland

Over 60 Northern Irish businesses have joined forces in a major show of support for the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Backing the enterprise education charity Young Enterprise, these companies are a crucial part of the newly launched Business Backers campaign.  The initiative, responding to the success of previous programmes, is all about giving young people …

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12 Christmas light switch ons still to light up across Northern Ireland

By Chloe Langton  Halloween has had its turn, it’s time for the countdown to Christmas to begin and what better way to begin festivities than attending your local Christmas lights switch on?  Everyone is in high spirits as our cities, towns and villages across Northern Ireland light up and come together to celebrate the start …

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Northern Ireland Must Forge Ahead with Climate Goals Despite UK Delays

By Ross Moffett, Sales Director, Everun As the world grapples with the urgency of climate change, Northern Ireland finds itself at a crossroads. With the UK government’s recent decision to push back environmental targets to 2050 and the absence of a sitting government in Northern Ireland, there’s a looming threat that our progress towards sustainable …

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Mission Christmas Aims To Help More Local Children Than Ever 

With financial hardship continuing to impact on family budgets, the team behind Cool FM/Downtown Radio’s Cash for Kids, is encouraging businesses, organisations, schools and individuals to help them ensure no child in Northern Ireland wakes up without a present this Christmas.   Sponsored by Harry Corry, the Mission Christmas campaign is a lifeline to struggling families …

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Frank Mitchell Launches Lidl Northern Ireland’s Annual Christmas Trolley Dash In Aid Of NSPCC

Lidl Northern Ireland has teamed up with renowned U105 broadcaster and former UTV presenter, Frank Mitchell, to launch the return of the retailer’s biggest and most loved fundraiser of the year – Trolley Dash. Now in its 10th year, Trolley Dash is Lidl Northern Ireland’s flagship fundraising event for its charity partner, NSPCC, offering customers …

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Lisburn Based Mcquillan Companies Unveils 3-Year Partnership With Ulster University Gaelic Academy To Further Advance Education And Sport

Leading Construction and Waste Management business, McQuillan Companies, has announced a new 3-year sponsorship with Ulster University as part of its developing excellence in industry through education and sport. The sponsorship with Ulster running from 2023-2026 will see McQuillan Companies sponsor the Gaelic Academy which is this year celebrating 50 years, supporting its football, hurling, …

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Full Line Up Revealed For Big Belfast Marketing Event

15 expert speakers from the world of marketing are set to take to the stage at Belfast’s leading marketing conference the Big Marketing Meet Up for a day of inspiration and knowledge-sharing at W5 in Titanic Quarter on November 14, 2023. This one-day event promises to empower passionate marketers with fresh insights, interactive sessions, and …

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Lisburn Based McQuillan Companies Unveils 3-Year Partnership With Ulster University Gaelic Academy To Further Advance Education And Sport

Leading Construction and Waste Management business, McQuillan Companies, has this week announced a new 3-year sponsorship with Ulster University as part of its developing excellence in industry through education and sport.  The sponsorship with Ulster running from 2023-2026 will see McQuillan Companies sponsor the Gaelic Academy which is this year celebrating 50 years, supporting its …

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Are You A Good Neighbour? Here Are The Tell Tale Signs You Are!

New research has revealed as many as three quarters of people in the UK (70%) insist their community is closer than it ever has been before. In fact, four in ten (40%) think the cost-of-living crisis has helped bring their community together, while 70% say they have grown closer due to the challenges of the …

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Belfast Christmas Market Delighted To Support Lord Mayor’s Charity Kids Together Belfast

As plans are underway for the 18th Belfast Christmas Market, Market Place Europe (operators of the market) are excited to be working closely with the Lord Mayor of Belfast’s chosen charity, Kids Together Belfast, in order to raise awareness and support them in the work they do for children with moderate to severe disabilities. This …

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Don’t Miss A Magical Snowman Experience This Winter

Experience the magic of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™ at Hillsborough Castle this festive season. The beloved The Snowman™ is brought to life in a trail around the stunning gardens, from 18 November until 7 January. Wrap up warm, bring your family and friends, and get ready for a heart-warming festive adventure. There are 12 giant …

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Diversity Of Museums Celebrated At Parliament Buildings Event

National Museums NI, in partnership with the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) and Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC), has been working on a new decolonisation project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Taking place over the last 12 months, and designed to engage marginalised communities, the success of the ‘Global Voices, …

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Radius Housing Scoops Social Enterprise Of The Year Accolade

Northern Ireland’s most impactful ​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌social enterprises were celebrated at the 2023 NI Social Enterprise Awards, in partnership with AtkinsRéalis held on Friday 27th October.  Winners were announced at the prestigious black tie event in Belfast’s Crowne Plaza, hosted by local radio presenter and Social Enterprise sector ambassador Cate Conway. It was an evening of celebration …

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NSPCC NI & Public Health Agency Celebrate Five Years Of ‘Talk PANTS’ In Northern Ireland

An NSPCC campaign to assist professionals, parents and carers have simple conversations to help keep children safe from abuse, celebrated five years of successful delivery in Northern Ireland at a packed event held recently in Lisburn Civic Centre. Talk PANTS, which is delivered with support from the Public Health Agency (PHA) and community partners, has …

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A Night Of Celebrating Social Enterprise Success In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s most impactful ‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌social enterprises were celebrated last night at the 2023 NI Social Enterprise Awards, in partnership with AtkinsRéalis. Winners were announced at the prestigious black tie event in Belfast’s Crowne Plaza, hosted by local radio presenter and SENI ambassador Cate Conway. It was an evening of celebration for the 550 individuals who …

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Ireland’s Hidden Heroes Celebrated

Celebrities from the world of TV and entertainment turned out recently to congratulate the winners of the 2023 HIDDEN HEARING’ HEROES AWARDS in Dublin. Kin star, Yasmin Seky, singer Daniel O’Donnell, TV personality Mary Kennedy, actress and new mum, Jenny Dixon, and TV presenters Emer O’Neill, Nuala Carey, and Alan Hughes, were among the guests at the gala awards ceremony to acknowledge …

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Painter And Artist, Anfaal Almughallis’s Exhibition Wows At Belfast’s Arts For All Festival

The Arts for All Festival has taken centre stage in Cityside Retail Park for the last week, showcasing a variety of amazing talent.  Anfaal Almughallis, a painter, artist and graphic designer from Yemen, who has been in Belfast for almost a year, is one of the many talented artists showcasing their own exhibits.  Her art …

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More Industry Leaders Announced To Join Big Marketing Meet Up 2023

Belfast’s leading marketing conference the Big Marketing Meet Up has announced the latest additions to its speaker lineup. Roger Edwards, Jude Morrow, and James Poulter will join expert speakers from the world of marketing for a day of inspiration and knowledge-sharing at W5 in Titanic Quarter on November 14, 2023. Treena Clarke, Founder of Big …

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Asda Café’s Bring Back £1 Winter Warmer Initiative For Over 60s

Asda has announced it is bringing back its popular cafe Winter Warmer £1 meal deal to support the over 60s this winter, as they continue to face increased financial pressures during the cost-of-living crisis. From 1st November until the end of February, Asda is offering people aged 60 and over the chance to enjoy soup, …

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Kennedy Announces £3.8m Investment By US Company Frontline

Joe Kennedy III, the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs, has announced that Florida-based insurance technology company Frontline is establishing an engineering development team in Northern Ireland in a £3.8m investment that will create 31 high-quality jobs. Invest Northern Ireland is supporting Frontline’s investment, which will generate an additional £1.9m in annual …

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County Antrim Athletes Fuelled To The Finish Line With Flahavan’s

Young athletes from across County Antrim have competed at the first round of the Flahavan’s Athletics NI Primary School Cross Country League, which took place at the Antrim Forum. Jake Smyth from Stranmillis Primary School, Belfast placed first in the boys’ race, followed by Adam Hannah, also from Stranmillis Primary School in second place, with Aidan …

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New Chapter For Translink’s Novel Journeys

To celebrate Book Week NI, Translink has announced the addition of Libraries NI as a partner for its Novel Journeys book club, which encourages passengers to sit back during their journey and unravel in a range of riveting books for all ages. In today’s faced paced world, it can be hard to find time to …

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Vertical Structure Helps Dozens Of Northern Ireland Charities Level-Up Their Cyber Security

Leading the way in Northern Ireland when it comes to cyber security, Vertical Structure has helped dozens of local charitable organisations improve their cyber security under the UK government’s latest cyber security initiative, Cyber Essentials Plus. Charities may not be the first organisations that spring to mind as being high-value targets for hackers. However, a …

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Hitting Home: PropertyPal Partners With Co-Ownership To Help More Buy A Home

PropertyPal, Northern Ireland’s leading property website, recently announced a new partnership with Co-Ownership, the province’s shared ownership provider. In a move that emphasises the need to make purchasing a home more accessible, PropertyPal has integrated a toggle onto its website allowing potential homeowners to easily filter and identify properties that could be eligible for Co-Ownership. …

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