Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL – A Department for the Economy and of Equality

PRONI: ‘Spiritualist Photographs’

PRONI’s document of the month for October is a set of four Spiritualist photographs to celebrate Hallowe’en.

PRONI’s Alan Robertson explained: “These photographs from the 1930’s show ‘spiritualist manifestations’ surrounding people who were involved in a séance. These manifestations appear as ‘faces’ surrounded by white mist known as ‘ectoplasm’. This was considered the spirit taking form in the material world.

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Carl Frampton: a role model for so many

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín today praised boxer Carl Frampton on his recent achievement in Titanic Quarter.

Speaking at a reception in Parliament Buildings, the Minister said: “I am very proud that boxing has delivered yet another World Champion and Carl continues our long tradition of boxers. Becoming a world champion on home soil in Belfast makes it even more special for Carl and all his local fans  More detail

Minister commends Athens victory

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated the Northern Ireland soccer team on their great victory in Athens last night.

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.

Our areas of work
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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