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Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with GAA President Aogán O Fearghail and female World Handball Champion Aisling Reilly open the newly constructed Béal na Carraige Handball Courts in West Belfast

12 October 2015

The Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and GAA President Aogán O Fearghail have opened the newly constructed Béal na Carraige Handball Courts in West Belfast.

Located on the site of Coláiste Feirste in the city’s Gaeltacht Quarter the new facilities will prove beneficial to the school population and to the handball fraternity across Belfast and beyond. They consist of two indoor handball courts, an outdoor facility, changing rooms and viewing galleries.

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9 October 2015

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated the Northern Ireland football team on qualifying for the European Championship.

The side secured a 3-1 victory over Greece at Windsor Park to qualify for its first major tournament for 30 years and first ever European Championship.

The Minister said: “I wholeheartedly congratulate the football team on securing its place at UEFA Euro 2016 in France. For the fifth-seeded team in the draw to qualify automatically is a phenomenal achievement and is testament to the manager Michael O’Neill and the whole squad.

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8 October 2015

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has stocked the following waters with takeable fish in September 2015.

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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 Fisheries Group
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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