Hannah McSorley
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Tyrone Tadpoles are a social media hit!

“Many people across social media have worried about the “plague-like” nature of all these frogs, and some are worried about their release disrupting the local eco-system where I live.”

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Student Mental Health in the time of COVID-19

2020 began as any other, but soon into the year, the lives of every person worldwide came to a crashing halt, changing life as we all knew it. When Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the U.K lockdown on March 23rd, nobody could’ve imagined what life in a bubble would be …

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Working From Home in the Drinks Industry

Anna McLaughlin is currently one of the thousands of people working at home for the first time due to COVID-19. As the Jameson Whiskey Brand Ambassador for Northern Ireland, lockdown restrictions have completely turned the usual day-to-day aspects of her role on to its head. Here is how she is …

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Maintaining a fitness routine during a global pandemic

The Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent government directives on social distancing has forced gyms across Northern Ireland to shut down. Regular gym-goers have found their daily routine disrupted whilst those beginners who had just started to get into fitness prior to the epidemic have also found their progress stunted. I …

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PSNI figures reveal increase in male victims of domestic abuse

When one thinks of the term ‘domestic abuse’, often the first thought that comes to mind is of a man perpetrating violence against a woman. People often forget that men can be victims of such abuse as well. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) defines domestic abuse as violent, …

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Covid-19: How has the lockdown impacted people’s exercise?

Under current lockdown rules in the UK, the government has permitted people to go out for exercise once a day. As a result of this, more of us have been leaving our homes for exercise to explore the benefits it has for our health. However, there is some confusion over …

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Road Traffic Collisions in NI Fall for 3rd Consecutive Year

Road traffic collisions involving injury have once again decreased in Northern Ireland over the past year. According to the PSNI’s annual data release, there were 5676 road traffic collisions involving injury last year, down slightly from 2018’s figure of 5749. This marks a third consecutive year of decline in Northern …

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North Belfast’s suicide crisis – does community investment help?

 A new report from mental health charity Samaritans has shown that suicide rates for men and women are higher in Northern Ireland than in other regions of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. As of 2017, the suicide rate per 100,000 of the population in NI was 18.5. In …

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Portrush Bank Closures: A Cashless Town?

The last bank in Portrush closed in 2018. When the Ulster Bank announced in 2017 that they were closing their branch, local Councillor and businessman Alderman Norman Hillis spoke to the media expressing his worry about the closure. In the two years since the bank closed, how have businessmen, like …