Northern Ireland home to largest pig factory in the British Isles

A Northern Ireland town is home to the largest pig processing plant in the UK and Ireland, with 1.2 million pigs processed at Cookstown’s Karro factory each year.

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Garden plan for towpath

Scarva and District Community Organisation has been awarded a grant that will enable them to create a garden of reflection and tales, on disused land by the towpath.

Clifford the hedgehog was found missing a limb in Cookstown

A happy ending for tiny amputee - Clifford the hedgehog

A tiny hedgehog that was found dragging the remnants of his leg behind him by a concerned member of the public, has been put on the path to recovery by a Cookstown vets.

One of the Pokemon monsters from Pokemon Go.

Alarm over safety of kids using ‘Pokémon Go’ App

The local NSPCC charity has raised concerns that unsuspecting children might be preyed upon while using the massively popular ‘Pokémon Go’ App.

People shelter under umbrellas from the rain

Snow, ice and wind warnings as Storm Jake sweeps in

Temperatures are set to plunge across the UK with snow showers expected as Storm Jake sweeps in.

Mountains of sand that have been dredged from the lough

Legal action on sand dredging at Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth has taken legal action against the Department of Environment over sand dredging in Lough Neagh.

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Sand barges operating on Lough Neagh on Wednesday, July 15

Call for Earl of Shaftesbury to save our ducks

Lough Neagh has lost three-quarters of its duck population because pollution and sand extraction are destroying its ecology, according to conservationists.

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Giant Hogweed warning: what to do if you come into contact

People are being warned to be extra vigilant after a number of reports of the toxic giant hogweed across Northern Ireland in the last couple of weeks.

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Lough order appeal could cost £250,000

An appeal against an order to stop Lough Neagh sand extraction could end up costing the companies involved £250,000.

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Europe asks about alleged breaches

The European Commission has asked for clarification about alleged breaches to environmental regulations, including those protecting Lough Neagh, it has been revealed.

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Warning 200 jobs may go due to sand dredging order

An Upper Bann MLA has warned that 200 jobs could be lost if firms dredging sand from Lough Neagh were forced to stop.

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Full marks for Markethill students

PUPILS from Markethill High School have been putting their storytelling skills to the test by taking part in the BBC News School Report project.

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Natural gas on way to 1,200 Richhill homes

Firmus energy has announced that homes and businesses in Richhill will be able to switch to natural gas this year.

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Councillor Margaret Tinsley with David Simpson at Kernan.

Approval for changes to ‘archaic’ Kernan facilities

New modular changing for Kernan Playing Fields have been approved by the ABC Council.


Craigavon ‘best area to live’

Craigavon and Lurgan are the most desirable places to live and work, according to a new poll out this week.


Northern Lights may be visible tonight

A beautiful display of the Northern Lights may be visible from the shores of Lough Neagh tonight, forecasters have said.

The Lough Neagh Rescue boat pictured during a training exercise.

300 fishermen set to get free life jackets

Around 300 fishermen on Lough Neagh are to get lifejackets as part of a safety initiative funding by Stormont.

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Cleaning town’s pavements to cost £18k

Lurgan and Portadown town centres are to get a ‘deep clean’ at a cost of £18.4k to ratepayers.


Concreting prevents bins being opened

A hiccup by Roads Service, who concreted too high and prevented the Birches bin doors being opened and emptied, has been rectified.

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