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Olympia Leisure Centre:  Pictured are Acting DCAL Permanent Secretary, Cynthia Smith, Councillor Lee Reynolds (centre) Chairman of Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee and Jim Shaw, IFA President

Work to commence on new Olympia Leisure centre

Plans for the new Olympia Leisure Centre in South Belfast have taken a giant leap forward with work starting on the site which forms part of a £19m sporting and community hub.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is contributing £2.75m to the construction of the new leisure centre, as part of their overall funding element of £31m for the Windsor Park re-development. This brings the total investment at Olympia to £21.75m.

Welcoming the beginning of construction, Acting DCAL Permanent Secretary Cynthia Smith said: “The entire Windsor Park development is about more than football; it is about integrating the entire community into something which is new and exciting and which will be of significant benefit for the whole area.

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Minister says there will be a re-developed stadium at Casement Park

Sports Minister Carál Nί Chuilίn has said that the Casement Park site will be re-developed as a regional stadium after a High Court judge today quashed the planning permission for a 38,000 seater stadium at the West Belfast venue.                                     More detail


PRONI: Christmas circus at the Grove Theatre

The document of the month for December is a poster from 1967 promoting a Christmas circus.

The Circus was presented by Dr Richard ‘Dickie’ Hunter who was a lecturer and Secretary of The Queen’s University of Belfast and a curator of Belfast Zoo.

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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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DCAL supported programmes enhance education and life-long
learning outcomes; support
families and add value to
the work of teachers, schools
and alternative education

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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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Language/Cultural Diversity
Museums and Libraries
Arts, Creativity & Architecture
Inland Waterways & Fisheries
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment

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Our programmes support healthy lifestyles, increase confidence and self-esteem, and help to tackle major societal challenges such as mental health and suicide prevention.

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DCAL supported initiatives tackle barriers to full participation in society. We reach out to and support those experiencing or at risk of isolation and alienation.

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