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August 2017

Back to school for kids means settling back into routine, catching up with their friends after the summer holidays, getting to know their new teacher and back to doing dreaded homework.

For parents, back to school means something entirely different. Getting the new term off to a great start means a lot of planning and back to school buys – uniforms, schoolbags, sportswear, shoes, stationary (and the list goes on and on…). Thankfully local companies are here to help you score full marks with the kids, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy the rest of the summer.


It’s back to school, and back to sport with Podium 4 Sport with everything you need for the new school term. Our store boasts a substantial hockey department stocking all the top brand sticks and accessories including shoes, gloves, mouth guards and stick bag.

For the up and coming rugby players Podium 4 Sport stocks a broad assortment of equipment, everything from boots, scrum caps, shoulder pads, gum shields, kicking tees and balls in big brand names such as Adidas, Nike, Asics and Canterbury. For new PE classes, we also have a huge range of running and training clothing and footwear, everything your kids will need to take on the new school year!


Abbey Centre is your one-stop for the back to school shop this term with Primark, Clarks, Argos, Dunnes, Easons, Next and more for all your stylish essentials.

Parents can also register their children to join the Abbey Centre Kids Club, sign up online now at

Kids Club benefits include a FREE Kids Club pack for every child registered featuring a drawstring bag (perfect for swimming trips), colouring pencils, activity sheets and MORE! The first 300 Kids Club packs include a VIP Pass for Funky Monkeys Newtownabbey, admitting one child free of charge for a soft play session.

The Kids Club pack also includes a Membership Card entitling you to exclusive incentives including a FREE Chocolate Babychino with every adult drink purchased at Costa Coffee and an unmissable Peter Mark voucher for parents!

Monthly emails will also keep you in the know. Become a member today and collect your Kids Club pack at our Customer Services Desk.


Back to School? Better go back to Buttercrane! While kids are enjoying the summer, parents are forward planning for September – don’t worry you can get everything you need in one trip to Buttercrane Shopping Centre, in the heart of Newry.

From school uniforms to shoes, sports gear, school bags and stationary plus free children’s eye tests – M&S, Dunnes, Primark, Clarks, JD Sports, Louis Boyd, ShoeZone, Easons, Intersport, The Works and Specsavers have it covered. With 1,000 convenient parking spaces and lots of coffee shops including T2 Restaurant, M&S Café, Subway, Costa and now Greggs – there are plenty of refreshment options.

Make sure you enter our special Back to School promotion to win a Superhero Party at home with your purchases from August 1. Simply spend £20 or more on school items, and bring your receipt to the HELP DESK to enter our prize draw* (T&C apply).

If you are looking for a great day to bring the kids to Buttercrane don’t miss our KIDZ FARM visit on Mall on 12pm to 4pm Saturday July 29 – where you can see alpacas, goats and lambs, rabbits, giant rabbits, ducks, chickens, snake, bearded dragon, hedgehogs and you can brush the guinea pigs!
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