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Strangford sighting for humpback whale

A humpback whale has been spotted in Northern Irish waters for the third consecutive year. It is only the fourth ever validated humpback sighting in Northern Irish waters and happened at Strangford Narrows in Co Down. Whale experts are asking anyone who spots the whale again to try and take pictures and forward the images to them so that they can try to identify it.

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£18m Belfast arts centre opens

After ten years of planning, Belfast’s new Metropolitan Arts Centre has opened. The MAC, in the heart of Belfast, will be a 21st century building that will compete with other arts centre on a global stage.

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Designer delighted by Titanic work

Alan Grimason, an award winning Belfast designer has retired on a high after his already famous shiny cladding was added to the walls of the Titanic building. His cladding covers the multi-million pound visitor attraction that is shaping up to become an iconic building in Belfast.

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Lyric birthday celebration includes Seamus Heaney

A famous face will be amongst Belfast locals celebrating the first anniversary of the rebuilt Lyric theatre; Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. The Lyric will celebrate its first birthday with a packed programme of diverse events. World renowned poet Heaney will be addressing a sold out audience in a lecture entitled ‘Speak The Speech’.

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Top baby names are Jack and Sophie

The two most popular names in Northern Ireland have remained Jack and Sophie, for the second year in a row.

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Biggest swell found by top surfer

Al Mennie, one of the world’s top big wave surfers has found two spots off Ireland where he believes there could be waves up to 120ft high. The thrill seeker has surfed in some of the world’s most extreme conditions, but he is still looking for perfect conditions where he can take on the largest swell on the planet.

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University in Chinese initiative

The University of Ulster is working to promote the teaching of Mandarin in Northern Ireland schools in partnership with their Chinese counterpart.

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Hundreds take part in charity dip in freezing sea

Brave swimmers made a splash this New Year’s Day when they took a dip in the chilly winter waters at Ballycastle Beach and Portrush to raise money for the children’s charity CLIC Sargent. It was all a good cause but the courageous participants didn’t spend long in the water, even though the temperatures were much higher than last New Year.

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