The programme for the 2018 Festival of Fools has been unveiled as a truly global affair featuring artists from 13 countries, including Japan, Canada and Finland. The Festival, which will be held on the May bank holiday weekend (Friday 4 to Monday 7) is the largest comedy and street theatre festivalRead More →

Belfast Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a giant anteater baby!  The new arrival was born on 2 November 2017 to parents Pancho and Kara and can now be spotted ‘snout and about’. Belfast Zoo is home to the only giant anteaters in Ireland.  Kara arrived from Duisburg Zoo andRead More →

Children have handed Stormont politicians a radical plan for the future of the NI education system. Keisha Fee and Jamie Nesbitt, from Mallusk Integrated Primary School, presented the Integrated Education Fund (IEF)’s Alternative Manifesto for education to MLAs at Stormont on Monday (16 April 2018). Education spokespeople from the five largestRead More →

Seven  primary schools have each won a new iPad in a ‘Snap the Cig’ photo competition. They are: Hill Croft School, Newtownabbey, Portrush PS, Brackenagh West PS in Kilkeel, St Patrick’s Ballynahinch, St Joseph’s, Crumlin, Rasharkin PS and Cooley PS, Omagh. This is the second year that Brackenagh West hasRead More →

  The Tropical Ravine in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens will reopen to the public today following a £3.8m refurbishment. Councillors, local residents, and a number of invited guests got a sneak peek of the new facility today to see first-hand how the listed building has been restored to its former gloryRead More →

Leading health charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called for government action to tackle obesity amongst children. “Nearly one in ten – 8% – of children in Northern Ireland are classified as obese. This is a terrible situation and may well have an effect on these children forRead More →

  Pablo, the ground-breaking Northern Ireland-made TV series starring for the first time a child with autism, is taking to the world stage, hitting US and Canada TV screens from this week. Marking its transatlantic debut, Pablo, which is a live action and 2D animation series written and produced byRead More →

A NI-wide poll carried out by independent company LucidTalk and commissioned by the Integrated Education Fund found a huge number of parents responding had seen evidence of the budget pressures – even before last week’s announcement of further cuts. Asked “What evidence, if any, have you seen at your child/ren’sRead More →