Entries by Ciaran McKane

PGA pros complete for 15k prize pot

Professional and amateur golfers are teeing up for the Walled City of Derry & Strabane Pro Am Tournament, which will take place on August 24 and 25. As one of the largest events in this year’s PGA calendar, and now in its third year, the tournament hosts 52 teams and a total of 208 golfers. […]

Devine brings feel good factor back to Brandywell

The last few seasons at Derry City Football Club have been far from vintage, but there is a growing feeling around the recently renamed and refurbished Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium that the club is back moving in the right direction. Last season’s 8th place finish in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table and the […]

World class performers swing into town for jazz fest

Northern Ireland’s biggest and best Jazz Festival returns this May Bank Holiday weekend, with a headliner performance from Tainted Love singer Marc Almond. More than 70,000 revellers are expected to descend on the city for the annual celebration, which is now in its 18th year. Jazz and big band artists from all over the world […]

Top diplomats visit city

A visit from high-level UK diplomats has helped identify opportunities for the city and district’s interests to be represented abroad. The newly-appointed Heads of Mission from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travelled to Derry-Londonderry in February as part of a two-day trip to gain a wider understanding of the political structures, strengths and unique […]

Chinese Consul General visits city

Dancing dragons, Chinese cuisine and traditional music helped welcome the Chinese Consul General to Derry-Londonderry and celebrate the developing relationship between Northern Ireland and China. The newly appointed Consul General Zhang Meifang visited the city for its Chinese New Year celebrations in February and was greeted by Mayor John Boyle, who was part of a […]

Derry gamers in UK-wide New Radicals list

Three local women who use video games to explore social issues including LGBT rights and racism have been named in a prestigious list of 50 New Radicals. Derry-Londonderry-based company Kippie C.I.C. was founded by Katherine Rowlandson, Caroline Anderson and Justine Scoltock in 2016. Katherine explained: ” While many people perceive video gaming as being negative […]

Print Awards winner calls for more women in STEM roles

A young print technician crowned Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Irish Print Awards has urged women to apply for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) apprenticeship roles. Lauren Harkin, who joined Derry-Londonderry’s Nuprint Technologies as an apprentice two years ago and now works as a pre-press technician, beat 74 of her peers to […]

Horsebox coffee shop gallops to victory

A new initiative providing customer service training for young people with disabilities has been announced as a joint winner of this year’s £2k Social Enterprise Competition. The Playtrail’s Tea in the Park scheme has received £1k towards refitting a traditional horsebox with tea and coffee-making facilities, which will provide customer service training for 15-20 people […]