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

25 July 2015

The 2015 Annual Famine Commemoration will be held in Newry on 26 September 2015.

A programme of events has been put together to explore further the social, cultural, linguistic, economic and political legacy of the famine

DCAL Permanent Secretary Denis McMahon, who represented Minister Ni Chuilin at the launch, said; “The cross-party support for the hosting of the famine commemoration in Newry this year provides us with an important opportunity to increase understanding and raise awareness of a key period in our shared history and to promote inclusive approaches to remembering our past.”

More details, and a copy of the programme, are be available on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council website:


18 July 2015

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated Carl Frampton and Conrad Cummings on their wins in Texas.

Carl Frampton successfully defended his IBF World Super-bantamweight title in a really close fight against Alejándro González Jr and Conrad Cummings also defeated Mexican Oscar Riojas in El Paso.

The Minister said: “Huge congratulations to Carl Frampton and Conrad Cummings on their wins tonight in El Paso. Our local boxing stars are continuing to shine and do us proud. Hopefully, tonight will be the start of a great career and exposure in America for Carl and Conrad."


9 July 2015

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has said an honorary degree for boxing legend Gerry Storey is richly deserved, and commended all those in the sporting world to receive awards.

Mr Storey was awarded an honorary degree from Ulster University for Distinguished Services to Sport & Cross Community Development.

The Minister said: “Gerry Storey is no stranger to awards over the years, both individually and through the countless fighters he has coached. Yet this latest recognition, from the world of academia, is richly deserved and underlines his impact on the world of boxing.

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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
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