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Bloggers Set To Inspire On The New Libraries NI #GetBloggingNI Events


Get inspired to blog in Derry Central Library

Derry Central Library will host a free Blogging Inspiration session on Thursday 17 October from 6:30pm with well-known authors and bloggers Patience Bradley and Dr Ava Eagle Brown sharing their journey into blogging, their life experiences and years of expertise.

The Libraries NI event is designed to encourage potential bloggers to get started and will provide hints, tips and tricks towards success as well as giving participants an inside glimpse of the enjoyment of being a blogger. The session will be facilitated by chartered marketer Christine Watson of Training Matchmaker and will be hosted by journalist and content creator, Tina Calder of the Content Club and Excalibur Press.


Tina Calder (Journalist and content creator, Content Club and Excalibur Press), Julie Reid (Libraries NI Service Development Manager), chartered marketer Christine Watson (Training Matchmaker), Co Down author, model and blogger Patience Bradley and Co Antrim author and entrepreneur Dr Ava Eagle Brown.

Patience Bradley, model, author and blogger explained her path into blogging had its beginnings when she was making journals.

“Finding blogging in my later years has given me an incredible lease of life. I am now able to blog about my life, my passions and my interests as well as then using that content to fuel my career as an author.

“Currently my blogs are health, fashion and wellness related and I’m looking forward to launching my doggy blogs later this year.

“I’m delighted to be on board with Libraries NI because I want to prove that no matter what age you are, you’re never too old to blog. And if I can do it having struggled with lifelong dyslexia then anyone can.”

“Libraries NI is pleased to offer this free Blogging Inspiration event to introduce people to the art of blogging,” said Julie Reid, Libraries NI Service Development Manager. “Storytelling is forever evolving and blogging, vlogging and podcasting is quickly becoming the new platform for telling stories through text, images and video. Whether you’re blogging for business, documenting your family history or keeping a record of travelling expeditions, you’re using the power of words to tell a story.


Co Antrim author and entrepreneur Dr Ava Eagle Brown and Co Down author, model and blogger Patience Bradley.

“We’re delighted to once again team up with Christine Watson to present this event at Derry Central Library on Thursday 17 October and look forward to welcoming speakers Patience Bradley and Dr Ava Eagle Brown as well as host Tina Calder to the Library.”

Explaining her path to become a blogger, author, entrepreneur and blogger Dr Ava Eagle Brown said: “I am delighted to be involved in such a great initiative as the blogging inspiration session in Derry Central Library.

“I started blogging as a way to deal with struggles in my life – it was a way to heal.

“Blogging helped me write my books The Mango Girl and The Musings & Thoughts of Ava Eagle Brown.”


Julie Reid, Libraries NI Service Development Manager with chartered marketer Christine Watson of Training Matchmaker ahead of the blogging inspiration event Derry Central Library on Thursday October 17th (6.30pm) as part of the Libraries NI and Training Matchmaker #GetBloggingNI series.

Christine Watson said blogging is no longer the preserve of the few.

“In recent years there has been a surge in interest in blogging, vlogging and podcasting across Northern Ireland.

“It’s a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people, immerse yourself in your passions, keep your mind healthy and active and an excellent excuse to get out and about and use your local library.

“Both Patience Bradley and Dr Ava Eagle Brown aren’t just bloggers, they are women who have taken their passions and turned them into a way to keep connected with their peers and communities.

“Our speakers challenge the stereotype of what a blogger is and show the real mental, physical and emotional benefits of expressing ourselves online in a responsible, measured and healthy way.

“Attendees at the Blogging Inspiration event in Derry Central Library will be sure to leave with the motivation, encouragement and practical know-how they need to begin or amplify their blogging journey.”

The event in Derry Central Library is part of the ongoing Libraries NI series of #GetBlogging series which will run into 2020 across Northern Ireland.

Officially presented by Training Matchmaker in collaboration with Libraries NI, previous events in the #GetBlogging series included Blogging Inspiration sessions, a six-week get Blogging Course and five Blogging for Wellness roadshows.

This event is free and booking is essential. Book your place at Derry Central Library on 17 October at:

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Mayor Pleased to see Public Shopping Local on Visits to Businesses

Mayor Brian Tierney and Council Business Support Officer Tara Nicholas with Declan Hughes, Gormley Shoes, of Main Street Strabane.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, visited some local businesses across the district this week to speak with business owners and staff about moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Tierney said he was happy to speak directly with the businesses in Strabane and Castlederg about the challenges they have faced and the pathway moving forward, as well as hearing about the stringent measures in place to prioritise customer confidence and safety.

“I was glad to meet with some of the local businesses across our district this week and hear more about the positive steps forward now that many of those businesses have reopened or are preparing for a scheduled reopening in the coming weeks.

“It was fantastic to see lots of people supporting those businesses while I was out and about and to see that all of the businesses have measures in place – such as social distancing, hand sanitizer, and limiting customer numbers at any given time – to instil confidence in all members of the public that they can support local and be assured that everything is in place to protect both themselves and staff,” said Mayor Tierney.

Karen Hussey readying the Castle Inn for opening soon.

Business Revitalisation and Recovery

“I can fully appreciate how much of a challenge the past year has been for our businesses across a wide range of sectors, and I look forward to the weeks ahead when we hope to see more of those sectors reopening and returning to a more normal operation of business.

“Once again I would just like to encourage everyone to support local across the district as much as you can.”

Local businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are being invited to take part in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s recovery campaign which will focus on promoting the shop local message and supporting local businesses within the district.

Businesses who have faced challenges over the past year as a result of the pandemic can make contact via Council’s shop local website to express an interest in becoming part of the campaign by 14th May 2021.

The campaign is being organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with funding through the Department of Communities’ Business Revitalisation and Recovery Programme. 

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Mural to Mark Farren Unveiled at Brandywell

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Brian Tierney pictured with the late Mark Farren’s parents Michael and Kathleen at the launch of the their’ son’s mural at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium yesterday afternoon. Included on right is Steve Setterfield, Leisure and Sports Operations Manager, DCSDC. Photo Credit: Jim McCafferty Photography

Derry City and Strabane District Council have unveiled a mural to former Derry City player Mark Farren at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

The mural, which was painted by local company Peaball Creatives, was unveiled to Mark’s parents Michael and Kathleen, and his aunt Brigid. Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Cllr Brian Tierney was in attendance, alongside Derry City FC Chairman Philip O’Doherty and Manager Ruaidhrí Higgins.

The mural has been placed on the tunnel of the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in the stand which has also been named after Mark, who played for Derry City from 2003 to 2012 and made 209 appearances for the Candystripes.

A Positive Legacy

Mark tragically passe​d away in 2016 aged 33 after a brave battle with cancer, and Mayor Brian Tierney said Council were happy to pay tribute to someone who had such a positive legacy in the city.

“I am truly honoured both as Mayor of this city and district and as a lifelong Derry City fan to attend the official unveiling of the mural of Mark which now forms part of the Mark Farren Stand.

“We know that Mark’s story and his legacy will be spoken about for many years to come, and we hope that this mural will be a fitting tribute to the role that he played in the football history of Derry and celebrate the joy that he gave to so many football fans here in the city.

“Mark’s family continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of us all.”

Philip O’Doherty, Derry City FC Chairman, added: “Mark will always be a huge part of the history of Derry City Football Club, and we are happy to join Council in celebrating his life.

“Mark was more than just a player here. He has left a real legacy at the club and it is fitting that his image will greet the players every time they take the field.

“We are delighted that Council have also kept Mark’s memory alive both with the stand named after him, and this fantastic mural.”

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