November 20 Brand Journalism In the Press

Anna Kelly, Malachi Cush, Aine McNulty, Lynette Fay, Ronan McHugh and Gina Chroma at the launch of An Evening of Celebration. Picture by Richard Trainor

From international stages to performing on home turf – stars come out in force

Pupils past and present and friends of St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon are being in for a fantastic night of entertainment at An Evening of Celebration which will take place on February 3 in the Armagh City Hotel. Tables for the gala night are now being sold so get your friends together and get booking.

This is a ticketed only event so in order to secure a table please make contact with the organising team by emailing theacademygala@gmail.com. Then, you just need to get pampered for a great night out.

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October 10 In the Press

Fifth generation apple grower Greg MacNeice of Mac Ivors Cider Co with journalist Eleanor McGillie with Polish apple pickers in MacNeice's orchards in Co Armagh. MGMPR_01

Apple picking in County Armagh – a county bursting with crates of the crop

Journalist Eleanor McGillie travels to Armagh’s famous orchards to learn the art of apple picking under the watchful eye of a fifth generation apple grower.

Greg MacNeice, of Mac Ivors Cider Co, takes Eleanor under his wing for the day to teach her the art of his craft. This feature was published in Saturday, October 7’s Belfast Telegraph. We hope you enjoy the read as it was such a fantastic experience to get onto this land which is cared for and nurtured by the MacNeice family.

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October 5 Brand Journalism In the Press

Anna Kelly, Malachi Cush, Aine McNulty, Lynette Fay, Ronan McHugh and Gina Chroma at the launch of An Evening of Celebration. Picture by Richard Trainor

‘An Evening of Celebration’ for St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon

St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon is to open its new £27 million school early next year and to celebrate it is hosting an Evening of Celebration.

The evening, which will be hosted by past pupils Lynette Fay and Malachi Cush, will be a celebration of ‘achieving excellence together’ while fundraising to future proof the new school by maintaining standards and heritage. This is a ticketed event so get in early if you want to be a part of this special occasion.

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September 13 Brand Journalism In the Press

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SkunkWorks Surf Co work with Jaguar Land Rover to launch surfboard

SkunkWorks Surf Co which manufactures 100 per cent recyclable surfboards have taken their work to a whole new level by working with Jaguar Land Rover in its ‘Waste To Wave’ project.

They are working with Jaguar Land Rover to recycle plastic foam from early vehicle design models to give them a second life in the form of surfboards. Lucy Campbell was invited to get behind the wheel of a Discovery Sport before putting the concept through its paces at Whiterocks Beach, Northern Ireland.

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September 6 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Traditional Dry Cider and Medium Cider win prestigious Fine Farm Food Awards announced on Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. Picture by James Dobson

Mac Ivors Cider Co celebrates winning Fine Farm Food Award

One of Ireland’s leading Irish craft cider producers has won a National Trust Fine Farm Food Award for its Traditional Dry Cider and Medium Cider.

The award was announced on BBC’s Countryfile Live event at Blenheim Palace. The awards celebrate the very best produce from the Trust’s 1,500 tenant farmers and estates. Producers participating look after more than 500,000 acres of grazed pasture, orchards and arable farmland across the UK. Have a read here;

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August 31 In the Press

INTO says no to budget cuts

Bleak start back to school as the INTO says no to budget cuts

Schools across Northern Ireland have been finding out that their budgets have been cut – another insult to education according to the INTO.

Ireland’s largest teachers’ union says news of further cuts to school budgets will mean children will be denied access to services, class sizes will increase and special needs provision will shrink. Gerry Murphy outlines the INTO’s take on the news which will create many challenges for principals and pupils across the region.

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June 5 In the Press

Woodland Consultant Carolyn Trimble, owner of IndiWoods. DSC_3022

Woodland consultant hits milestone by planting her one millionth tree

Carolyn Trimble from County Armagh is the owner of IndiWoods – a woodland consultancy practice specialising in securing funding for farmers or landowners who wish to plant trees on their land.

The scheme brings environmental rewards, financial gain for landowners and health and wellbeing benefits for our overall community. The scheme empowers landowners to plant a minimum of five hectares of woodland with Carolyn specialising in native broadleaf woodlands.

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April 21 In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co ciders are now in Marks & Spencer Stores in Northern Ireland

Mac Ivors Cider Co’s great tasting ciders now in Marks & Spencer stores

Huge congratulations to Mac Ivors Cider Co on the announcement that their great tasting ciders are now available in Marks & Spencer stores in Northern Ireland.

Traditional Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Plum and Ginger Cider are available so people can enjoy a food and drink adventure. Marks & Spencer’s mission is to become the best craft beer retailer on the high street while offer local beers from smaller breweries with the convenience of buying them from a local M&S store.

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March 14 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co Wins Champion Cider in 2015 - Greg MacNeice picked up the award and is hoping to have the same success in 2017. With Greg is Patrick Redman, BFBi national chairman.

Mac Ivors Cider scoops three gold medals in International Brewing and Cider Awards

Mac Ivors Cider Co has picked up three gold medals at the 2017 International Brewing and Cider Awards for Traditional Dry, Medium and Plum and Ginger cider – awards judged by professional cider makers.

Mac Ivors Cider Co along with three other Irish cider producers and brewers who got Gold, Silver and Bronze, will collect their medals at an awards luncheon to be held at London’s Guildhall on April 26, when the 10 overall Championship winners – nine beers and one cider – will be unveiled.

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February 27 In the Press

Left to Right: Fergus Mackey of North West 200, Sara O' Neill Éadach, Eleanor McGillie Director Live It Experience It, Mervyn Whyte MBE North West 200 ‘Live It Experience It’ is a cluster of tourism businesses working together to promote Northern Ireland through water, air and land based activities, food and drink and great places to stay.

NW200 announce partnership with Live It Experience It ahead of 2017 road race

Live It Experience It is a group of very cool tourism businesses working together to promote Northern Ireland to our visitors.

The organisation launched with an announcement in The Arcadia in Portrush that it is to be a tourism partner with the Vauxhall International North West 200 for 2017. The race last year attracted 100,000 spectators. This year organisers want to tell those spectators what there is to do, where they can stay and tell stories of our fantastic food and drink.

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January 27 In the Press

The Emerson's Foundation, through the NISA MADL Fund, hands over a cheque for £1,000 to the Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland Fund.

Emerson’s Foundation hands over £1,000 donation for Air Ambulance NI

The Emerson’s Foundation in Armagh aims to help transform local communities by giving to charitable causes through its MADL Fund.

Here, members of the Foundation’s committee hand over a cheque for £1,000 and a canvas picture to the family of Lesley Ann McCarragher who died last year after being struck by a car. This donation of £1,000, from our NISA MADL Fund, will hopefully go some way in helping the McCarragher family with their fundraising targets.

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January 16 In the Press

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Teachers' Strike to go ahead on Wednesday

Teachers’ strike to go ahead with major rally at Belfast’s QUB student’s union

THE planned teachers’ strike in Northern Ireland will go ahead as planned on Wednesday morning regardless of the situation at Stormont.

Members of the INTO were balloted before Christmas and an overwhelming majority of teachers voted in favour of strike action over the ongoing pay dispute. The INTO says it has been engaging with the Government but talks have failed. Wednesday’s strike will also include a rally at Queen’s University Belfast Student’s Union. Here’s the full story:

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December 22 In the Press

Seamus Hanna, chairman of the INTO Northern Office, says INTO teachers will strike in the New Year. IMG_0454

INTO teachers will be striking in the New Year as results of ballot are announced

INTO teachers in Northern Ireland have overwhemlingly voted in favour of strike action in the New Year according to ballot results which have been published this afternoon.

Today’s ballot reveals that strike action is supported by 78 per cent of INTO members with 94.97 voting in favour of action short of strike. The ballot turnout was 40 per cent which demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue across the membership. Here’s the full story issues on behalf of the INTO:

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December 20 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Emerson's Supermarket in Armagh has been serving the district for over 125 years. Now it's the UK's Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the year

UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer is right here in Armagh

Emerson’s Supermarket in Armagh’s historic city centre is the UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the Year for the second year running.

Staff retention, using renewable sources for energy, reducing food waste, food provenance, supporting local producers, supporting local families and creating new jobs are the things which makes this supermarket tick. Owner Gavin Emerson is delighted to be the recipient of this accolade again this year. Here’s the story:

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December 13 In the Press

Tom Verner, Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, R&D specialists

There’s a pot of HMRC gold and businesses need to be dipping into says R&D specialist

Tom Verner, the Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, is a specialist in identifying R&D activities and expenditure.

He and his team at The Momentum Group specialise in raising the bottom line for innovative and forward-thinking businesses. They do this by delivering enhanced R&D tax credit claims and/or helping clients to introduce new, innovative corporate strategies. Here’s Tom’s analysis of the Chancellor’s R&D Autumn announcement.

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