We reflect on a great week for Northern Ireland with a round up of our favourite good news stories…

Mourne Mountains voted UK’s best view

The jagged mountains forming one of the backdrops to hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones have been voted the UK’s best view, according to a major survey.

Around one third of people surveyed by The Countryman magazine voted for the mountains of Mourne in County Down, Northern Ireland, where parts of the show were filmed.


The granite mountain range also inspired author CS Lewis as he wrote his children’s book series The Chronicles of Narnia.

The glimpse of Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon was the second most popular view, with 16 per cent of the vote, while striking sights in the Isle of Skye, Lake District and Pembrokeshire made the top five.

Read more at newsletter.co.uk

Amateur NI footballer in running for Dream Goal prize

Budweiser Dream Goal is back for a second year, and the search is underway for the greatest amateur goals in the UK.

In the running is Chris Lavery from Northern Ireland, who plays for Glentoran. Chris’s goal was scored during his time at Lurgan Celtic during an NIFL Championship 1 league game against Larne.

His goal has been selected by Budweiser Dream Goal judges and punditry stars, Jamie Redknapp, Ed Chamberlin and Jamie Carragher, who have picked some of their favourite screamers in the competition so far.

The winning goal will be chosen by Carragher, Redknapp and Chamberlin, and revealed on May 15.

New film studio gets the thumbs up

Artist’s impression of the film studios

A new film studio is set to be constructed in Belfast after the council’s planning committee gave the proposal the green light.

The project, estimated to be worth up to £14m, will see film production facilities built at Giant’s Park on the North Foreshore.

Belfast Harbour submitted the application for the former landfill site, which was approved on Tuesday night during a meeting at Belfast City Council.

Read more at belfastlive.co.uk

Magherafelt firm to work on new Spurs stadium

New Spurs stadium plans

A Magherafelt-based company is celebrating landing a lucrative contract to develop the 3D building information model of Tottenham Hotspurs’ new 61,000 capacity football stadium.

Michael Dunbar, one of the directors at RCDS (NI) Ltd, said the stadium contract was the biggest the company has secured to date and they will be working on it until the end of 2017.

The company will be modelling the precast concrete units within the stadium to include terracing, support beams and stairs. The total cost of the stadium is estimated at £400 million and its expected to be open in time for the 2018-19 season.

Michael and his business partner Stephen O’Hara set up the company seven years ago when they took a big risk and went out on their own, leaving their jobs at Creagh Concrete. Initially, they worked from their bedrooms until work started to come in and now they have three offices across Northern Ireland – Magherafelt, Limavady and Lisburn, employing 10 people.

Read more at derryjournal.com

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