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Mayor Shows Support for New Local Business – ZITI by Knags

Mayor, Councillor Billy Webb is pictured with Kevin McCourt, Owner of ZITI by Knags, a new Italian restaurant in Glengormley.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb visited ZITI by Knags, which recently opened in Glengormley, to show his support for this new business. Offering delicious Italian cuisine in a contemporary and stylish setting, the new family-run restaurant has created 23 jobs for the local area following an investment of £250k from owners, Kevin and Gina McCourt.  

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented: ‘I am delighted to be here today to show my support for the opening of ZITI by Knags. It is fantastic to see local businesses expand in our Borough and contribute positively to our local economy, especially in the current climate. I’d like to congratulate Kevin on restructuring his business during the pandemic, and bringing something new and different to our Borough. I wish Kevin and his family well in their venture, which I am sure will be a great success.’ 

Mayor, Cllr Billy Webb is joined by Gina, Kevin and Ashlin McCourt during a visit to their newly opened restaurant, ZITI by Knags.

Kevin McCourt, Owner of ZITI by Knags commented: ‘Owing to the pandemic and the restriction on functions, it was important that I adapted our business and offering to make sure we were on the front foot.  The new 90-seater restaurant boasts a state-of-the-art woodstone pizza oven, offering delicious stonebaked pizzas, while our extensive Italian menu features fresh pastas, seafood, designer burgers and steaks, catering for all tastes. 

We have carefully thought out the layout of the restaurant, which features private booths, family booths and back-to-back seating, giving an overall spacious feel. I’d like to thank my family for their support and hard work, especially my daughter, Ashlin who has been at the forefront of the planning and development of this new addition to the Knag’s offering.’ 

The new restaurant replaces Knag’s Function Suite, complementing the other strands to the family-run chain of restaurants: Knag’s Bar & Grill, Knag’s Deli Sandwich Bar and Prestige Catering.  

For more information including menus or to book visit www.zitibyknags.com  

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Iconic Athletics Track in Antrim renamed Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb with L-R Councillor Paul Dunlop, Alderman John Smyth, Trevor Clarke MLA, Councillor Jim Montgomery and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross at the renaming of Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

To mark the Northern Ireland Centenary, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has recently renamed Antrim Stadium to the Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Ross, unveiled the new name plaque at a rededication ceremony with local Councillors, members of the NI Centenary Working Group and local runners.

The stadium first opened in 1979 and the newly named Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium will carry with it all the history, events and achievements accomplished by the clubs and athletes over the years. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey said, “I am delighted that we were able to include this special rededication of our athletic stadium in our programme of Centenary events.   There have been a huge number of successful events at the stadium over the years, as well as athletic stars training here and succeeding in their sporting careers, thanks to the dedication of coaches and clubs.  I know there will be many more success stories to come under the new Northern Ireland Centenary Stadium name”.

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Opportunity for Students to go Stateside for the Summer

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Sister Cities Student Exchange Programme 2022. This cross-community programme, which has been running since 2000, aims to provide Antrim and Newtownabbey’s young adults with an opportunity to travel to Gilbert, Arizona during the summer.

Two students will be selected to participate in the programme from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.  The first part of the programme involves the two students travelling to the USA to spend three weeks being home hosted by their matched student.  They will be given a wonderful opportunity to learn about their hosts’ local cultures and customs in ways not available to a casual visitor. 

At the end of the three weeks, the Gilbert students will return with our students to be home hosted in Antrim and Newtownabbey.  During their stay, they will have a chance to closely experience a new culture and make lifelong friends by living with the family of their exchange student. 

All travel expenses for the Programme will be covered by the Council, however students are expected to provide their own passports and spending money. Applications must be submitted by 10 January 2022.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb said “I am delighted that we are able to work with our sister city, Gilbert in Arizona again this year.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our young adults to experience a new Country and culture, Right at the heart of the local community.  I also look forward to welcoming students from Gilbert when they arrive to stay with one of our families next year.  I am sure they will have a great time with so many exciting things to see and do in our Borough”.

If you or someone you know would like to take part in this exciting opportunity, visit here for more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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