Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL – A Department for the Economy and of Equality
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with bronze medal winning boxer Alanna Audley-Murphy at a Stormont reception for the local athletes who took part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has praised the local athletes who took part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Speaking at a reception in Stormont to mark their achievements, the Minister recalled the day the athletes left for the Games.

She said: “I remember being at the Queen’s Playing fields on a warm summer’s morning as the team began its journey Glasgow. On that day there was a nervous excitement and anticipation as they looked forward to the adventures ahead.”

“A few days later the Games started in spectacular fashion, with Lisa Kearney’s judo bronze.

“Bowlers Neil Booth, Neil Mulholland and Paul Daly took silver in the Men’s Triples, while Barbara Cameron and Mandy Cunningham won a bronze in the Ladies Pairs.

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
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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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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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