THE new year is upon us and it’s in our DNA to think of change, of turning over a new leaf, starting afresh, losing four stone, stopping smoking, taking up exercise, adopting different parenting techniques and just generally being better people.
YOUNG people in Ardoyne see drugs and alcohol abuse, mental health and antisocial behaviour as the most important issues affecting them, according to newly published youth survey, Listen Up, which was launched by Northern Ireland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.
PARENTS instinctively want to protect their children – but how can you protect them from breathing dirty air? Many UK cities repeatedly breach legal air pollution limits, and it is estimated that 29,000 premature deaths a year are caused by poor air quality in this country.
DOWN The Streets of Donaghadee exhibition from January 4 to 29 at Ards Visitor Centre, will feature the old hotels, pubs and businesses of Donaghadee’s past including the Cyril Lord Carpet Factory, which for many years was the largest employer in the town.
Knock Back by Pauline Burgess, published by Poolbeg Press Co Down writer and teacher Pauline Burgess is inspired every single day by the children around her, including her 10-year-old daughter Emma and her students at St Malachy's High School in Castlewellan.