15/03/2004

St Patrick's Day event has support of BCC says councillor

The Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Steering Panel has challenged claims that the Council is not supporting St Patrick’s Day in Belfast.

It follows a protest outside Belfast City Hall last week by the St Patrick's Carnival Committee who claim the Council isn't funding this year's event at the City Hall.

However, Councillor Tom Ekin said Belfast City Council was contributing more than £43,000 towards St. Patrick's Day throughout Belfast.

“A total of 40 local community and voluntary groups from all parts of Belfast will celebrate St Patrick’s Day with special events organised in their own areas thanks to funding of more than £28,000 received in grant-aid from Belfast City Council," Cllr. Ekin said.

Chairperson of the St Patrick's Carnival Committee, Irene Sherry said:

"The St Patrick's Carnival Committee are putting on a top-class event which will bring tens of thousands of people into Belfast city centre.

"We are calling on Belfast City Council even at this late hour to back our efforts to make Belfast the place to be on St Patrick's Day by providing funding for the St Patrick's Day concert."

This year's outdoor event in Belfast City Centre is likely to be the biggest in recent memory with chart topping band Girls Aloud headlining the show on Wednesday.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

22 January 2013
Heavy Snow Closes Over 80 Schools
Over 80 schools across Northern Ireland have been closed as the heavy snow continues to cause disruption on Tuesday morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, as the snow is continuing to affect many roads. Areas which have been majorly disrupted include Lisburn, Castlereagh and Carryduff.
02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
23 July 2009
Belfast 'Twelfth' Was Shopping Hit
Initial feedback on the commercial impact of Belfast shops being open over the traditional 'Twelfth' celebration has been excellent. This year's event, titled 'Orangefest' on 13 July witnessed Belfast city centre shops opening on the day of the parades for the first time.
12 October 2004
City Hall prepares for bookworm invasion
Belfast City Hall is preparing itself for an invasion of young bookworms later this month. Belfast City Council is teaming up with two major cultural festivals, Young at Art and the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, to open up the world of children’s literature.
05 April 2004
Business membership figures show 'massive' increase
Figures released today by Belfast City Centre Management and the Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce show a massive increase in the number of businesses joining their joint membership scheme.
09 January 2019
Secretary Must Act As NI Cancer Waiting Times Worsen
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, is being urged to intervene in health service matters following the release of government figures which show a deterioration in waiting times for people getting their first treatment for cancer.
04 January 2019
Lotto Jackpot Winners Reveal Plans To Give Away Millions
The identity of a couple from Northern Ireland who landed almost £115million in the EuroMillions jackpot on New Year's Day has been revealed, along with their plans to dish out shares of the fortune to those closest to them.
14 May 2010
Marathon To Run On Bank Holiday
In spite of pressure from various sides, the 2011 Belfast City Marathon will not be held on a Sunday. It was agreed at a City Council meeting this week that it would continue on May Day, after over plans to move the race from its traditional May Day Bank Holiday to the prior Sunday were opposed.
20 April 2009
Belfast Marathon Races Into New Record
In excess of 33,000 feet will be pounding the streets of Belfast on May Day Bank Holiday Monday in the most successful Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon ever. More than 16,500 people have signed up for the 28th running of Northern Ireland's biggest participatory sporting event on Monday 4 May.
17 December 2014
Flight Diverted After Engine Fire
A Flybe flight from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport was diverted to Belfast International after one of its engines caught fire. An emergency was declared at the airport as the plane was diverted, with fire crews and ambulances sent to the runway. It is understood that the plane was able to land.
22 April 2008
Tunnel Breakthrough For Belfast Sewers Project
Nearly a mile long and 40 metres below ground, a key section of Belfast's deepest tunnel was completed yesterday as the tunnel boring machine (TBM) made its breakthrough at Duncrue Street. Capable of holding vast overflows of stormwater - up to four million gallons - it will reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the greater Belfast area.
06 May 2016
Traders Lobby For Lidl Store Expansion
The Connswater Traders' Association has urged politicians and planning officials to support a proposed store expansion by supermarket Lidl at the site. A decision is due to be made on the planning application later this month.
01 December 2015
Council Calls On Firms To 'Put Down Roots' At New North Belfast Development
Belfast City Council is calling on green technology investors, developers and occupiers to put down roots at a major new business development at Giant's Park in north Belfast. A marketing campaign has been launched to attract individuals and firms interested in developing at a £9.
23 July 2013
Phase 1 Of Connswater Community Greenway Begins
Belfast City Council has confirmed work has started at Victorian and Orangefield Parks. The work, which got underway yesterday, is part of the first phase of the Connswater Community Greenway scheme. BSG Civil Engineering Ltd, who are delivering the works, will be on site in both parks, as construction begins on the £35m project.
18 June 2013
Belfast Students Graduate From Business Programme
A number of students from Belfast have graduated from an entrepreneurial business programme funded by Belfast City Council. Now in its fourth year, 21 students participated in the Belfast Enterprise Academy (BEA).