A social economy agency which provides work for people with disabilities or health conditions is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Every year USEL, from its Belfast-base, employs, supports and trains over 1200 people with disabilities or health conditions across the North.
Ben Madigans bar on the Cavehill Road is opening its doors to dog lovers.
Féile Women Singers in Belfast have unveiled a community singing and film project funded by the Community Heritage Fund.
Belfast THRIVES, a pilot research project between Belfast City Council and Ulster University to better inform decisions for enhancing the liveability of the city, was launched this week.
Finance Minister Conor Murphy visited Usel in North Belfast this week to congratulate the social enterprise on being awarded one of the first tender opportunities reserved for organisations whose main aim is supporting disabled and disadvantaged people in the workforce.
Belfast's property market has boomed during the lockdown with mortgage searches online almost doubling.
AS restrictions ease this week for outdoor sports training, Colin Glen Trust has announced the creation of 20 new jobs at its Forest Park in West Belfast.
A NORTH Belfast teenager who is suffering from an aggressive form of scoliosis is to receive a specialist brace this week after the local community succeeded in raising the necessary funds needed to pay for it.
BELFAST band The Long Stay have released a new single which the local musical trio produced and recorded via Zoom. ‘Space Race’ has been a challenge to produce over lockdown but a labour of love for the band who formed way back in 1991, when Brendan Donnelly, Brendan McCullough and Sean McAuley met while at university. Brendan said that the band’s name is in no way a fluke. “We’ve stayed together all these years – we’re really here for the long stay!” he said. Speaking about the challenges of recording the new material Sean McAuley said: “In fairness the lockdown had its own challenges but it also gave us the opportunity to produce this song and to do so in a very modern way – digitally! It’s not the same natural process of producing and recording music but it had its own benefits.”
LOCAL conservationists are working to identify those trying to poison birds of prey on the Belfast Hills through “raptor baiting”. The destructive practice involves filling dead birds with poison as a trap for peregrine falcons and other protected birds of prey. Ballymurphy man Aaron Kelly, said raptor baits are commonly set by some pigeon fanciers in a bid to poison predatory birds. Having dentified and removed several of the deadly baits from the Belfast Hills, Aaron said the situation is “getting out of control”. “The pigeon men will poison anything that they think will take their racers,” he explained. “You’ve got these people killing these birds of prey because they will naturaly go for their pigeons because they’re flying about the mountain. “It’s only kestrels and peregrines that will take them because buzzards don’t take pigeons. A few farmers have told me that a few people have asked them to shoot the buzzards. So you have these people that aren’t educated about it and are thinking the buzzards are going for everything, but it’s not just buzzards, there used to be loads of sparrowhawks and peregrines on that mountain but they’ve all been poisoned.” The setting of poison baits in the open is illegal because it is indiscriminate, can be lethal to humans and has the potential to kill many birds of prey as well as other wildlife, pets, livestock and people. “They’re leaving them on the ground so anything could take them,” Aaron said.“It’s not just the birds of prey taking them, you’ve got other terrestrial animals like foxes and badgers, or even things like pine martens which are up there. It affects every animal on that mountain that eats meat.” As part of Aaron’s conservation efforts, he has set up a number of motion sensor cameras on the mountain to monitor the local wildlife. However, he said he will be surveying the footage to catch those responsible for falcon baiting. Meanwhile, the PSNI said it is “working with partner agencies to raise awareness” of falcon baiting and has encouraged anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.
A stunning ground floor apartment up for grabs in Finaghy is being promoted as an unrivalled opportunity for a first-time buyer.
WEST Belfast native and famed opera singer, Angela Feeney has spearheaded a virtual first by bringing Munich’s St Patrick’s Day festival straight online. The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Angela's adopted city is the second largest parade after the Oktoberfest in Munich and is a highlight in the cultural calendar in Bavaria.
Belfast Bus drivers gathered near Belfast City Hall at lunch-time to protest violent disturbances on the Shankill yesterday which left one driver escaping with his life from a masked loyalist gang armed with petrol bombs and bottles.
Schools are preparing students for their first Holy Confession as Covid restrictions ease.
THE woman who successfully took a case against the British Home Office over her Irish citizenship, has welcomed the debate around proposals for a united Ireland, after a leading Fianna Fáil politician’s comments this week.