Sector: Lifestyle and Leisure

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March 28 Brand Journalism In the Press PR Northern Ireland

Big cheers as iCare floats to victory in Armagh’s St Patrick’s Day parade

The team of volunteers at iCare are delighted to have been announced by Armagh City and District Council as winners of this year’s St Patrick’s Day float competition.

Armagh is famous for its St Patrick’s Day Celebrations and this year didn’t disappoint with over 20,000 attending the float competition. Congratulations to iCare which is a charity which uses business to create a better world in the communities in which it operates.

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February 26 Newsfeed

Woman fighting breast cancer says charity reminded her ‘it’s good to be alive’

Ireland’s leading homecare provider Homecare Independent Living set up the iCare charity in 2010.

iCare raises money throughout the year so it can grant iCare Wishes to people in the communities in which it operates. Roxanne Mallon is a 29-year-old woman who is battling with breast cancer. Here’s a story on how iCare’s kindness has helped her remember that it’s good to be alive. Here’s the story.

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February 24 In the Press

Teachers' strike - INTO members will be striking on Wednesday moring for a half day strike action following the results of a ballot before Christmas.

INTO to tell Minister that lack of budget is ‘an unacceptable ransom’ on education

INTO is Ireland’s largest teachers’ union. On Friday, over 200 delegates will be in Limavady for the annual Northern Conference.

John O’Dowd, Minister for Education, is the guest speaker during the public session but he will be hearing from Gerry Murphy, the Northern secretary, who will tell the Minister that lack of budget is ‘an unacceptable ransom’ on education. INTO has started a ballot of its members.

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December 15 In the Press

Food parcels and toys show ‘iCare At Christmas’ for struggling families

Christmas is a time of year where community spirit comes alive and this is definitely the case at iCare and Homecare Independent living.

The support services team will be donating food parcels and toys to families who are struggling this Christmas with food and presents for children. Mairead Mackle, chief executive of Homecare Independent Living said this is “the right thing to do” for the community.

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December 8 In the Press

Santa steps in to make couple’s Christmas dream come true at Santa’s Gatelodge

Christmas is always a special time of the year but it’s been made extra special this year for a couple from Newry.

Collie Johnston, 35, wanted to propose to his girlfriend at this year’s Santa’s Gatelodge. But when he couldn’t get any tickets he had to turn to Santa Claus for a little bit of help. So Santa had to pull a few magical strings and managed to get an entire team of people to play cupid so Collie could propose to his girlfriend Debbie.

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November 7 In the Press

Fighting for pink again as ‘AmberGreen Energy Tour of Ulster’ is announced

The Tour of Ulster is Ireland’s longest established cycling race and since it was established in 1957 its popularity has rocketed.

In 2015, cyclists from around Europe will travel to Northern Ireland to take part in the ‘AmberGreen Energy Tour of Ulster’ which will take riders from Stormont, to Newry, onto Armagh and finishing in Cookstown. The tour is embedded in the racing calendar and is a highlight of the racing year.

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November 3 In the Press

Hats off to businesses who join ranks to support charitable catwalk fundraiser

Budgets are being slashed and organisations and events are being turned down for funding.

But there are some shining examples of businesses which are stepping up to the plate and funding events which would previously have been eligible for public funding. Socially minded companies, like Homecare Independent Living, are leading by example by supporting ‘Falling For Fashion’.

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October 29 The MGMPR Blogger

Renewable energy gives you the power – you just have to make use of it!

James O’Neill, a student on brand journalism placement with MGMPR Ltd, gives his view on creating a sustainable future.

James, who is a student at Royal School Armagh, has a passion for story telling. He believes that everyone who is in a position to embrace renewable energy solutions should do so. With government incentives in place, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, James says his generation is calling for parents and grandparents to take action.

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October 6 In the Press The Richhill Apple Fayre

New harvest fayre is launched to celebrate the big apple in County Armagh’s eye

The village of Richhill in County Armagh will be celebrating the Armagh Bramley Apple as it prepares to host its first ever Apple Harvest Fayre.

Helping to launch the Richhill Apple Harvest Fayre is Helen Troughton of Armagh Cider Company and Hamilton Loney, chairman of the NI Fruit Growers Association, who say this year is a great year for growing fruit in the orchard county. The event if free and runs from 10am-6pm.

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September 26 In the Press

Northern Ireland gears up for Christmas special as Santa’s Gatelodge prepares to light up

Preparations for the annual magical fundraiser which takes place in Northern Ireland are underway and organisers are calling for volunteers to lend a hand.

Santa’s Gatelodge, which takes place at Milford, Co Armagh every year, attracts 5,000 people from all over Ireland and raises thousands of pounds for people in need.

The event takes place this year from November 28 to December 12.

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September 23 Case Study

School recruits the MGMPR team to lead media campaign for school growth plans

Education PR is so important because there are a number of audiences to satisfy. Our communications have been tailored for students, parents, teachers, schools, the board of governors, traders, politicians, staff and more.

We have been leading a media campaign for Markethill High School since September 2012 – a campaign which continues to build momentum. Here’s what Principal James Maxwell has to say.

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March 3 In the Press

Stories of old to be revealed at launch of community project in Markethill

Local landscapes, both physically and culturally, contribute to who we are today, said John Hamilton who will officially launch Bygones & Byways – an online community facility.

The website brings together people from all ages and background to tell their stories of old in order to capture the wealth of local identity through storytelling and imagery.

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February 5 Newsfeed

Rugby team given more power with new Amber Green goal post sponsorship deal

AmberGreen Energy is supporting the rugby team from Royal School Armagh by sponsoring its four international goal posts at its grounds in Armagh.

AmberGreen believe in giving back to the community as well as promoting health and well being among young people. The company has close links with the school and is delighted to support it in this way and wishes the rugby team every success this season.

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January 29 Newsfeed

UK community energy scheme should come to Northern Ireland, says Saintfield couple

Communities across the UK are looking at collaborative approaches to creating a more sustainable future for all.

A couple from Saintfield says the community scheme which has been discussed by the UK Government encouraging power generation in communities, should be introduced in Northern Ireland.

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January 27 In the Press

Is Northern Ireland ready for community energy schemes? AmberGreen says ‘Yes’

The launch of a new £10million energy fund has been described as ‘a significant step forward’ by AmberGreen who says the UK Government backed community initiative should be rolled out in NI.

Communities in England will be offered up to £150,000 each to create their own renewable energy through solar panels or wind turbines.

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