GOOD news from Northern Ireland (5–12 Feb)

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GOOD news from Northern Ireland (5–12 Feb)

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Record–breaking rugby, investment in Warrenpoint and a legend is immortalised. It’s a small selection of this week’s GOOD news from Northern Ireland.

International law firm establishes global first in Belfast

One of the world’s top law firms, Baker Makenzie has re–affirmed Belfast as a leading destination for legal technology after it announced it had established a new ‘global innovation committee‘ there. The committee will look at technologies from other industries and apply them within the legal sector. Global director of Operations, Belfast–based Jason Marty said new technology being used was “adept at information location” meaning that time and resources spent on due diligence tasks could be reduced by up to 40 per cent.

Fresh investment at Co Down harbour

Cavan–based company, Quinn Cement opened a £2.5m export facility at Warrenpoint Harbour this week. The investment represents a ten year deal between Quinn Cement and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

What a difference a week makes

It’s fair to say this week was better than last week for Ulster and Irish rugby fans. Ulster secured their first win since Christmas with a bonus point victory over Edinburgh on Friday night. On Saturday, Ireland recorded their biggest ever win in the 6 Nations beating Italy by 10–63 in Rome. Ulster winger Craig Gilroy scored a hat–trick after coming on as a second half substitute. Go Craig!

Memorial unveiled for Barcelona football saviour

A memorial tribute to Barcelona football legend Patrick O’Connell, a Dubliner who lived in Belfast and played for Belfast Celtic was unveiled at Windsor Park this week. Despite enjoying a successful playing career which included a spell as Manchester United captain, O’Connell is best known in football circles as the unlikely saviour of Barcelona FC. The Catalan club was a target for General Franco during the Spanish Civil War and after their assets were frozen and the club’s president assassinated, O’Connell took the club on a South American tour, raising vital funds to secure the future of the club.



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