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Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín pictured at the premiere in Belfast of locally made film Shooting for Socrates with actor Conleth Hill and the World Cup trophy

Keeping active by playing sport is a great way to look after your mental health.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín highlighted the positive impact sport can have as she visited a football tournament in north Belfast for children aged eight to 10.

The Communities United Through Sport for Mental Health Junior Football Tournament involves around 200 boys and girls from 15 clubs across Belfast. It is run by local community group Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues (TAMHI)

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Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup is to be held in Ireland.

The announcement was made in Dublin today. The pool stages will take place at University College, Dublin before moving to Belfast for the semi-finals and finals. These will be played at the world class facilities at Queen’s University Sport Centre and the Kingspan Stadium respectively.

The Minister said: “This is fantastic news and I applaud all those involved in the bid to bring the Women’s World Cup to Ireland."


Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has hit back at claims made by Ulster Unionist party leader Mike Nesbitt MLA. Ms Ní Chuilín said that the comments of Mr Nesbitt are without foundation.

She said; "It is unbelievable that Mr Nesbitt would try to seek some form of political gain by suggesting that I would put people's lives in jeopardy in order to build a sporting stadium. This issue is well above petty political point scoring.

"I have repeatedly stated that I will not compromise on safety and that no stadium will open without a valid safety certificate. That was the case for the Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill and it will be the case for Windsor Park and Casement Park.


The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is committed to proactively harnessing the transformative power of the creative and cultural sectors to tackle disadvantage and support a confident, creative, informed and healthy society in this part of Ireland.

Our top priority is to promote social and economic equality and tackle poverty and social exclusion.

DCAL has responsibility for a diverse portfolio ranging across arts and creativity, museums, libraries, sport, inland waterways and inland fisheries, linguistic diversity and public records. It supports cross-cutting Government priorities and works with a
wide range of social partners to make a real difference to
people’s lives. Programmes, organisations and strategic initiatives supported and delivered by DCAL can catalyse life-changing pathways and help to deliver wider social and economic change.

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We support thousands of jobs in the creative and cultural sector and innovative initiatives delivering qualifications and employability skills. We introduce social clauses delivering new jobs for young people and the long-term unemployed.

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