School closures in Northern Ireland

School Closures

The following schools will be closed on Thursday 29th January 2015.

County Antrim

Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School, Upper Ballinderry Lisburn; Barbour Nursery School, Lisburn; Carr Primary School, Lisburn; Harmony Hill Primary School, Lisburn; Larne High School, Larne; Moyle Primary School and Nursery Unit, Larne; Matt Talbot Nursery School, Belfast; St. Paul's Nursery Unit, Belfast; St. Teresa's Nursery School, Bearnagh Glen, Belfast; St Teresa's Primary School, West Belfast;

Wallace High School & Prep Department, Lisburn; Straid Primary School, Straid; Ballysillan Primary School, North Belfast; Holy Child PS, West Belfast; Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, Shaws Road Belfast; St Anne's Primary School, Corkey Ballymena; Ballymacward Primary School, Lisburn; St Ita's Primary School, Four Winds Belfast; Roddensvale Special School, Larne; Lagan College, Belfast; SeymourHill Primary School, Dunmurry; Naíscoil Bhreandáin, Shaws Road Belfast; Ballinderry Primary and Nursery Unit, Lower Ballinderry Lisburn;

Harryville Primary School and Nursery Unit, Ballymena; Holy Trinity Nursery School, Lisburn; Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh, Belfast, Ballymurphy; Gaelscoil na Móna, Belfast; Upper Ballyboley Primary School, Ballyclare; St. Paul's Primary School, Belfast; Lough View Integrated Primary, Belfast; St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Belfast; Lagan College, Belfast; Scoil na Fuiseoige, Twinbrook; Black Mountain PS, Belfast;

St Killian's College, Carnlough; St Mac Nissi's, Larne; Parkview Special School, Lisburn; St Kevin's Primary School, Belfast; Good Shepherd PS, Poleglass; John Paul II PS, Belfast; Park School and ERC, Ravenhill Road Belfast; Forth River Primary School, Belfast; Hazelbank Primary School, Broughshane; Maine IPS, Randalstown; St Comgalls, Antrim; Springhill Primary School, Belfast; St Bernadette's Nursery School, Belfast; Carnalbanagh Primary School, Ballymena; St. Maria Goretti Nursery School, Belfast;

County Armagh

Kingsmills Primary School, Whitecross; Newtownhamilton Primary School, Newry; St. Peter's PS, Coughreagh; Newtownhamilton High School, Newry; St Francis' Primary School, Lurgan; St. Malachy's Primary, Chapel Road, Camlough; Carrick Primary School, Lurgan; Jonesborough Primary School, Newry; St. Joseph' s PS, Bessbrook; Drumhillery PS, Middletown; St Michael's Grammar School, Lurgan; Markethill High School, Markethill;

St Brigid`s Primary School, Glassdrummond; St Paul's High School, Bessbrook; St Brigid's High School, Armagh; Markethill Primary School, Markethill; St Patrick's High School, Keady; Saint Anthony's PS, Craigavon; Brookfield Special School, Moira; St Joseph's High School, Crossmaglen; Anamar Primary School, Crossmaglen; St. John's Eglish P.S., Annaghmore; St. Brendan's PS, Craigavon; Donacloney Primary School, Craigavon;

County Down

Castlewellan Primary School, Castlewellan; Drumadonnell Primary School and Nursery Unit, Moneyslane; St Mary's PS Dechomet, Castlewellan; Newry High School, Newry; St. Mary's Primary School, Rathfriland; Bronte Primary School and Nursery Unit, Banbridge; Ballynahinch Primary School and Nursery, Ballynahinch; Dromara Primary School & Dromara Pre-school, Dromara; New-Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland;

Banbridge Academy, Banbridge; Brackenagh West Primary School, Kilkeel; St Patrick's Primary School, Drumgreenagh; St Mary's Primary School, Saintfield; St. Patrick's P.S, Drumgreenagh; Fair Hill PS, Kinallen; Drumlins Integrated Primary, Ballynahinch; Milltown Primary School, Banbridge; Edenderry Primary School, Banbridge; Rathfriland High School, Rathfriland; Dromore Central Primary School, Dromore; New-Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland;

Dromore Central Primary School, Dromore; St Ronans Ps, Newry; St Patrick's PS, Hilltown; St Patrick's PS, Mayobridge; Rathore School, Newry; Bunscoil an Iúir, Newry; Cortamlet Primary School, Newry; Saint Patrick's College, Banbridge; St Joseph's Boy's Newry; St. Francis' P.S. Drumaroad; Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche, Castlewellan; St.Mary's Primary School Barr, Newry; Ballydown Primary School, Banbridge; St. Colman's PS and All Saints ' NU, Annaclone; Gaelscoil na mBeann, Kilkeel;

County Fermanagh

Bunscoil an Traonaigh, Lisnaskea; Tempo Primary School, Tempo;

County Londonderry

St Columb's Cullion, Desertmartin; St. Mary's P.S. Altinure, Claudy;

County Tyrone

Artigarvan Primary School and Community Nursery, Strabane; St. Peter's Primary School, Plumbridge; Our Lady of Lourdes, Greencastle/Omagh; Evish Primary School, Strabane; Cookstown High School, Cookstown; St Patrick's PS,Gortin; Recarson PS, Omagh; Orritor Primary School, Cookstown; St.Teresa's Primary School, Loughmacrory; St. Brigids PS, Brocagh; Aughnacloy College, Aughnacloy; St Matthews PS, Garvaghey;

Phoenix Integrated Primary School, Cookstown; Gortin Primary School, Gortin; Cookstown Nursery School, Cookstown; Cookstown Primary School, Cookstown; St.Caireall's Primary School, Castlederg; St. Mary's Primary School, Lisbuoy; St. Ciaran's College, Ballygawley; Walker Memorial Primary School, Castlecaulfield; St Joseph's Primary School, Glenmornan, Strabane; St Brigid's Primary School, Mountfield; Gaelscoil Eoghain, Cookstown; Gaelscoil and Naíscoil Aodha Rua, Dungannon; St. Oliver Plunkett PS, Beragh; Donaghey Primary School, Cookstown;

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  1.  
    18:15: Family 'dismayed' over missing info

    Robert Hamill's family say they are "dismayed" that information from the inquiry into his murder has been lost after being put in the post.

    Robert Hamill

    They said they would be seeking "urgent answers" and are at "a lost to understand" why the material would be posted as it was completed in February 2011.

     
  2.  
    18:04: Discharge for rugby assault

    The captain of a school rugby team who assaulted a player from another team during a schools cup match is given a conditional discharge.

    Robert O'Callaghan, 20, from Sunnylands Avenue, Carrickfergus, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

     
  3.  
    17:54: Hamill information 'lost in the post'

    Discs containing information from the inquiry into the murder of Robert Hamill have gone missing after being put in the post.

    Robert Hamill

    Mr Hamill was killed by loyalists in Portadown in 1997. SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said the loss would "increase public perception that collusion and cover-ups are rife".

     
  4.  
    17:44: Hats off to our reporters:

    We received an email from a Newsline viewer that makes a very pertinent observation. They write: "It constantly amazes me that your reporters working outside in winter never wear hats."

    Snow pic

    The concerned viewer goes on to to make a suggestion: "Please take pity on them and get them to wear hats".

     
  5.  
    17:34: Ambulance weather 'difficulty'

    The ambulance service says it is "experiencing difficulty" in answering some emergency calls because of the bad weather.

    Ambulances

    It asks that people only call 999 for a real emergency and stay patient if there is a delay in the ambulance's response.

     
  6.  
    17:25: Postcard pic

    The National Trust NI tweets: More snowy beauty from Northern Ireland...this one from Castleward

    Castle Ward
     
  7.  
    17:14: PS enrolment guaranteed

    Strandtown primary school in Belfast has been allowed to exceed its enrolment number in September.

    All children in the feeder infants schools, Dundela, Greenwood and Belmont, who want it will have a place in p4 at Strandtown, the Department of Education has said.

     
  8.  
    17:05: Cameras out Ciaran McCauley BBC News NI

    As cynical newshounds, we don't often get doe-eyed - but this beautiful, ghostly winter picture of the Fermanagh Lakelands managed to do it.

    Fermanagh Lakelands

    That photo is just the tip of the snowy iceberg, as our photo gallery has plenty more of the fantastic pictures you have been sending us.

     
  9.  
    16:53: Jennings optimistic about Spurs BBC Radio Foyle

    Goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings told BBC Radio Foyle sports reporter Eric Whyte that Spurs are heading in the right direction, after his former club qualified for the final of the League Cup last night.

    Pat Jennings

    The Newry man made 472 appearances in 13 years at the north London club.

     
  10.  
    16:44: Murder police probe flat link

    Detectives believe a man stabbed to death on a popular Belfast shopping street may have been involved in an altercation in a nearby flat that spilled outside.

    The victim, thought to be from Pakistan, was found lying dead with multiple stab wounds on Botanic Avenue shortly after 5am.

    Police are still trying to positively identify the victim.

     
  11.  
    16:32: Mmmm, doughnuts... Ciaran McCauley BBC News NI

    Maybe it's just the time of day, but something about this snow pic is making me hungry...

    Snow 29 January 2015

    You can check out some of the best snow pictures we've been sent on our snowfall picture gallery. There is more from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in this gallery.

     
  12.  
    16:22: Curry, no yoghurt

    East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson tweets:

    Curry tweet
     
  13.  
    16:18: Farming income down John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    The Northern Ireland farming industry saw its income fall by 17% to £298m in 2013, driven by a big fall in prices for the beef sector.

    Beef
     
  14.  
    16:08: Bins collection disruption: Lurgan Mail

    Lurgan Mail reports that disruptions to bin collections are a possibility as a result of the snow.

    Wheelie bins and recycling boxes
     
  15.  
    15:59: Prostitution over debt claims: Londonderry Sentinel

    Londonderry Sentinel reports on a charity worker's claims that young mothers in Londonderry are being forced into prostitution in order to pay off debts.

    Red light district
     
  16.  
    15:47: Pakistan link to stabbing victim Kevin Sharkey BBC News NI

    A man found stabbed to death in Botanic Avenue this morning is believed to be from Pakistan.

    Botanic Avenue murder

    Two knives were found at the scene and police are also investigating a flat in India Street.

     
  17.  
    15:37: Debates 'problem' for broadcasters: Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

    Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says UK broadcasters have a "real problem" with the way Northern Ireland parties have been treated over planned election debates.

    Theresa Villiers

    Ms Villiers says it seems "bizarre" that broadcasters are intending to include parties from Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland.

     
  18.  
    15:27: Demos over 'Conscience clause'

    Gay rights activists are to lead protests against DUP proposals to introduce a 'conscience clause', the News Letter reports.

    On Saturday there will be demonstrations in Belfast, Newry and Londonderry led by the Rainbow Project.

     
  19.  
    15:17: Road closed: BBC NI Travel

    AA Roadwatch tweets:

    AA Roadwatch
     
  20.  
    15:08: Barra's Stark warning Ciaran McCauley BBC News NI

    There have been plenty of weather warnings this week, but this one from spoof website The Ulster Fry is the (Barra) best one we've seen.

    Barra Best Ned Stark

    The website says journalists have been calling this week's weather a "massive snow explosion" - we prefer snowmageddon, lads.

     
  21.  
    14:57: Accused banned from Belfast: Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a man accused of a Christmas Eve killing in east Belfast has been banned from entering the city.

    The prohibition was imposed on Christian Walker, 25, of Ribble Street in Belfast, as part of bail conditions on a charge of murdering Matthew Goddard.

     
  22.  
    14:46: CityBeat radio station sold: John Campbell BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    Belfast radio station CityBeat has been sold to the Q Radio Network which operates a network of six regional stations across Northern Ireland.

    Radio microphones
     
  23.  
    14:40: Latest bus disruption Translink

    Latest update on bus services cancelled due to the snow

    snowflakes

    And the Met Office tells us that snow isn't white. Who knew?

     
  24.  
    14:36: Road closures BBC NI Travel

    In County Antrim, the A6 Moneynick Road in Toomebridge is closed in both directions because of a crash. Diversions are in place at Gloverstown Road.

    In south Down, the B27 Moyad Road at Spelga remains closed because of snow.

     
  25.  
    14:28: Rugby legend gets over the line Newtownabbey Times

    Irish rugby legend Willie John McBride is to have a sports hall named after him in Ballyclare, reports the Newtownabbey Times.

    Willie John McBride

    Watch the long serving second row forward score his only try for Ireland here.

     
  26.  
    14:18: Send us your snow snaps

    Some more snaps of the snow across Northern Ireland. From the top working clockwise is a snap from our own Chris Buckler near Hannahstown, the BBC's Julian Fowler in Clogher, Sharon Cuatriz at Queens University in Belfast and Lauren Harte near Newcastle.

    Snow 29 Jan 2015

    You can send us your snow pictures by emailing bbcnewsni@bbc.co.uk

     
  27.  
    14:08: PSNI not on parade: News Letter

    The News Letter reports that the PSNI will not be taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade in New York this year.

    People around the world will be marking St Patrick's Day on 17 March

    Concerns were raised last year about the six PSNI officers' official presence among explicitly Irish republican banners in the 2014 event.

     
  28.  
    13:58: Anyone got a snow wedge?

    Ballycastle Golf Club tweets: @newslineweather we can't find our #golf course #snow

    golf course
     
  29.  
    13:47: Henderson in Wolfhounds side; BBC Sport NI

    Ulster's Iain Henderson is named in the Ireland Wolfhounds team to take on the England Saxons tomorrow night.

    Iain Henderson at Ireland training on Tuesday

    Ulster teammates Rob Herring, Robbie Diack and Craig Gilroy are on the bench, while Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls return to the team after injury.

     
  30.  
    13:34: Ambulance strike

    Hundreds of ambulance workers and other NHS staff in Northern Ireland are striking today over a proposed pay dispute.

    Ambulance strike

    The GMB union said its members in the NHS are taking action today for 12 hours from 09:00 while ambulance staff have been on walk-out for 12 hours since noon.

     
  31.  
    13:25: Murder victim was stabbed

    It's being reported that the man found dead in Botanic Avenue , Belfast this morning was stabbed to death.

    Botanic stabbing

    One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

     
  32.  
    13:13: Fuel spill

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

    Trafficwatch
     
  33.  
    13:03: Dissident arrest in Antrim: PSNI

    Police investigating dissident terrorist activity have arrested a 39 year old man in the Antrim area. A property in west Belfast was also searched last night.

     
  34.  
    12:51: Snow dog

    You've been sending us lots of great snow pictures. There's a selection on our BBC Newsline facebook page

    snow dog

    This snow dog was spotted in Hillsborough. Email us yours on bbcnewsni@bbc.co.uk

     
  35.  
    12:40: Unions call on health minister to act: News Letter

    The News Letter reports that unions have called on Northern Ireland's health minister to engage to avert another major strike after thousands of NHS staff walked out today.

    Jim Wells
     
  36.  
    12:25: Police appeal on Creggan shooting

    Police in Londonderry have renewed their appeal for information about a shot fired in a pub in the Creggan area.

    Telstar Bar

    The incident happened at the Telstar Bar at about 18:30 on Saturday, 17 January.

     
  37.  
    12:15: Farming income falls

    The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has published estimated figures indicate that farming incomes fell 17% last year.

    farming

    Provisional figures suggest that income fell from £336m in 2013 to £283m in 2014.

     
  38.  
    12:06: Forensic team on Botanic Avenue

    Police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast.

    Murder botanic

    The police have a forensic tent in place at the corner of Cameron Street where it meets with Botanic Avenue.

     
  39.  
    11:56: Council honours rugby legend Newtownabbey Times

    Newtownabbey Borough Council is to name the sports hall at Ballyclare's Sixmile leisure centre in honour of rugby legend Willie John McBride, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

    Willie John McBride
     
  40.  
    11:46: Weather warning until tomorrow: Barra Best BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A weather warning for snow has been issued until 11:00 on Friday. Scattered snow showers will be hit and miss.

    Weather Graphic
     
  41.  
    11:37: Row over Traveller camp William Crawley BBC Talkback presenter

    A row has erupted over plans for a Traveller camp at a housing estate in Antrim. Councillors have rejected the proposal - is this fair?

    Do we have a problem towards the Traveller community in Northern Ireland? We'll be debating this on today's BBC Talkback from 12:00.

     
  42.  
    11:27: Giving a dig out

    Paul McFarland tweets: @NI_Amb_Service Going the extra mile to ensure patient safety.

    Ambulance service
     
  43.  
    11:17: Runway clearing at Belfast International airport

    Belfast International Airport closed for 35 minutes earlier this morning to allow for sweeping.

    Runway

    It's now fully operational with some flight delays.

     
  44.  
    11:06: Broadcasters agree to exclude NI parties

    The BBC, Sky and ITN have all confirmed that they will not be inviting the DUP to take part in the main televised debates ahead of the general election.

    Prime ministerial debate on general election

    The broadcasters are proposing three debates - one between David Cameron and Ed Miliband, and two adding Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

     
  45.  
    10:54: Monster Raving Loony debate: Gareth Gordon BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon tweets:

    Clegg
     
  46.  
    10:44: McIlroy in the hunt: BBC Sport NI

    Rory McIlroy is tied in fourth position, one shot behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

    Rory McIlroy

    The Holywood man shot a round of 66 to leave him on six-under-par after the first day's play.

     
  47.  
    10:32: Reporter gears up for a cold one Gordon Adair BBC News NI

    All set for a day's filming in the snow (not shown is my natty thermal underwear)

    equipment
     
  48.  
    10:18: 11 primary schools warned

    The Stephen Nolan Show has found that 11 primary schools have been warned by the Department of Education for coaching pupils for grammar school transfer tests since May 2012.

    11-plus exam
     
  49.  
    10:07: Blanket of snow

    These shots of a snowy Northern Ireland from the air were sent in by @tsdesignersni

    plane shots
     
  50.  
    09:53: Crash near Cullaville: BBC NI Travel

    AA Roadwatch is reporting a crash on the A37/N53 Castleblaney road at Cullaville in County Armagh.

    The road conditions are poor and drivers are being warned to be extra careful.

     
  51.  
    09:43: Lions and tigers and brrrrs:

    Belfast City Council tweets:

    zoo closure
     
  52.  
    09:34: Harbouring hopes: Clodagh Rice BBC News NI

    Belfast Harbour handled a record 23 million tonnes during 2014, up 46% since the recession's low point in 2009.

    Belfast Harbour

    Stone exports, coal, paper products and steel saw the strongest levels of growth.

     
  53.  
    09:23: Reduced Shakespeare Company to return: Newtownabbey Times

    Newtownabbey Times reports that the comedy troupe behind a spoof play about the Bible which sparked a massive row in the Newtownabbey borough last year is to return with a new show.

    Actors from the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing the play

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) is heading for Theatre at The Mill as part of its 2015 spring/summer UK tour.

     
  54.  
    09:14: Winter wonderland

    The snow has been falling acrosss Northern Ireland.

    Snow collage

    These snow pics, going clockwise from the top, were sent in by Paul McFarland in Dundrod, Steveo in Dromore, Lyndsay Mallon in Belfast and Thomas Gibson in Broughshane.

     
  55.  
    09:05: Burnt out car discovered

    A burnt-out car was discovered on fire at about 03:20 this morning on the Springtown road in Londonderry

    Burnt out car

    The fire service say one fire appliance attended and no one was injured.

     
  56.  
    08:54: A1 at Newry tricky say police PSNI

    Newry and Mourne PSNI tweet this vine of conditions on the A1 at Newry.

    a1

    It's down to one lane in places and the Hilltown Rd is impassable at the 7 sisters

     
  57.  
    08:49: Snow day students asked to help

    Corpus Christi Youth Centre in west Belfast has a request for all school students in the area who are off on a snow day.

    Corpus Christi
     
  58.  
    08:37: More bus services hit by snow Translink

    The latest on how snow is hitting Ulsterbus and Metro services is available here.

    snow street

    Here's Glengormley this morning.

     
  59.  
    08:30: Play day for playgroup

    Moy Area Playgroup is closed today due to the snow. More details of snow closures on our schools page.

    snow

    Here's what it's like in Dromara this morning.

     
  60.  
    08:22: Ghostbusters on Good Morning Ulster

    Chris Condie is in the building this morning with his handmade Ghostbusters proton pack

    ghostbusters

    He's in to talk about the new all-female movie, which apparently is causing some controversy. He's on soon

     
  61.  
    08:13: Flurry of school closures

    Reporter Peter Coulter has the unenviable task of updating the schools closures page.

    pic

    As you can see from our email inbox, they're coming in thick and fast. If you're a principal, please be patient!

     
  62.  
    08:10: Schmidt hopeful on Henry: BBC Sport NI

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes Chris Henry can boost his chances of playing in this year's World Cup by returning to action before the end of the season.

    Chris Henry of Ireland

    The Ulster back row had heart surgery in December and will miss Ireland's defence of their Six Nations title.

     
  63.  
    08:01: Today's weather: Cecilia Daly BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Snow showers continue on and off this morning so the amber snow warning will remain in place until 11:00.

    Snow warning 29 Jan 2015

    Some gusty winds at times too so it will feel bitterly cold with a significant wind chill. Wrap up warm!

     
  64.  
    07:55: South Down snow

    Ramy Kinley tweets: @TVconormac Downpatrick St Rathfriland. Still snowing fairly heavy.

    snow
     
  65.  
    07:46: Arrest in murder investigation:

    Police say a man has been arrested after the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast this morning.

    Arrest
     
  66.  
    07:34: Botanic incident a murder say police. PSNI

    Police say they're investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast this morning

     
  67.  
    07:29: Operations cancelled

    More than 100 orthopaedic operations at Belfast's Musgrave Park Hospital have been cancelled, the BBC has learned.

    Surgery

    It's partly due to bed pressures. One patient told us he'd been waiting for months in constant month.

     
  68.  
    07:20: School closures:

    You can find out about school closures across Northern Ireland on the BBC News NI website.

    School Closures

    Keep an eye on the page for more updates.

     
  69.  
    07:16: Metro bus services hit by weather Translink

    Here's the latest on the Metro bus services affected by the weather

     
  70.  
    07:06: Train station closed due to incident

    Translink says Botanic train station in Belfast as police deal with a serious overnight incident outside.

    scene

    Good Morning Ulster have a reporter at the scene with some more details shortly

     
  71.  
    07:03: Police deal with serious incident PSNI

    PSNI South Belfast tweets:

    Botanic Avenue
     
  72.  
    07:01: Good morning! Ciaran Daly BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live. We'll have all the news, sport, travel and weather from across a wintry Northern Ireland on this, 29 January 2015.

    snow scene

    Here's the scene in Moira at 4.50am taken by our radio bulletins producer Jenny Lowry.

     

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