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Stargazing Event

Monday 1st September
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty
Free

Bushmills Village Walk

Tuesday 2nd September
Assembly Point: 6:00pm Park and Ride car park
Free

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Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage – IoF Introductory Certificate Course 2

Tuesday 9th September
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Tyrone
£10

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WeBS Methodology Training Day

Saturday 13th September
Castle Espie, Comber
Free

European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 13th September
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

European Heritage Open Days 2014

Saturday 13th September
Various Locations
Free

Habitat Management at Gilford Castle

Sunday 14th September
Gilford Castle – Gilford Village
Free

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NIEL Annual Conference 2014 – Fundraising for the Northern Ireland Heritage and Environment Sector

Wednesday 17th September
Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall St, Belfast, BT12 5AD
Free

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Grey Point Fort – Northern Ireland’s Maritime World War One Legacy

Friday 19th September
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

September 1914– the men of Belfast sign up for the First World War

Friday 19th September
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

West End Ramble, Kebble & Kinramer NNR, Rathlin Island

Saturday 20th September
Rathlin Island
Normal bus and ferry charges apply

Beachwatch at Killard Point

Sunday 21st September
Killard Point near Strangford
Free

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Sustainable Water: A Long Term Water Strategy for Northern Ireland

Thursday 25th September
Main Room (3rd Floor), Grosvenor House, Belfast, BT12 5AD
Free

Everyday Life in Extraordinary Times

Thursday 25th September
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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Safari Live

Saturday 27th September
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Brent Bonanza

Saturday 27th September
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

EUROPARC Conference 2014 – Understanding the value of nature

Sunday 28th September
The Malton, Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry
See website for details

Apple Day at Peatlands Park

Sunday 28th September
Peatlands Park, Dungannon
Free

Autumn Harvest

Sunday 28th September
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

K T Frost and a Case Full of Loot

Monday 29th September
Elmwood Building, Queens University
Free

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£1.5million for Titanic Dock 8 March 2012

DOE invests £1.5million to preserve Titanic Dry Dock

The Thompson Graving Dock, an iconic part of Northern Ireland’s industrial history and the largest authentic Titanic landmark in the world, is being given a new lease of life after 100 years.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has announced a £1.5million investment to preserve the historical site based at the Northern Ireland Science Park.

For over 100 years, the existing steel dock gate which measures 150ft at its widest point, 44ft deep and 887ft long has divided the dry dock from the sea. Due to its age, the working gate has been degrading over recent years and there is a real threat of future flooding which could see the historic treasure damaged along with the Dry Dock and Pump–House.

Work has begun to protect the 880–ft long Thompson Graving Dock. This is the largest single investment ever by DOE in support of a scheduled historic monument. The Thompson Dock is a key part of the historic infrastructure of the Belfast Shipyards, and is specially protected as a Historic Monument.

The work involves the construction of a permanent structure in the style of a gate, outside the original dock gate. When completed, this new gate will sit in the ‘Titanic slot’, an outer position in which the original gate would have been positioned to accommodate the sheer length of the Titanic.

A temporary coffer dam is being constructed to provide a dry working area around the original gate and Titanic slot, and to allow the construction of the permanent structure that will safeguard the dock. The work is being taken forward by the DOE’s Northern Ireland Environment Agency, which is funding the scheme, and the Northern Ireland Science Park, who currently maintain the dock.

Alex Attwood said: “The importance of the Thompson Graving Dock should be acknowledged; when it was completed in 1911 it was the largest dry dock in the world and without it the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannic, could not have been completed.

“The dock is now over 100 years old and it is important that we take action to ensure its long term viability. The work will not only preserve the original dock gate but will also allow better public access to the dock and the working dock floor.

“This work is very timely given that the Titanic centenary is just a few months away and the opening of the Titanic signature project only a few weeks away. When the work is completed, the Thompson Graving Dock will complement other Titanic attractions and help to showcase Belfast’s industrial and maritime history. A lot of us who have visited the dock know of its scale and impact. It is a vital element in the Titanic experience and in itself conveys the achievement of the original build, the devastation of the loss of life and the engineering achievement of the ship designers and builders.”

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said: “This a very significant project and will be another important part of our tourism offering.

“It will maintain the dock gates and ensure the Thompson Dock continues to be an integral part of the whole Titanic experience.

“My Department developed the scheme along with the Science Park and transferred the funding to the NIEA so that it could use its built heritage powers to complete it.

“This is an example of joined up government in action and it will help preserve a priceless piece of our history for future generations.”

Director of corporate real estate and facilities for the Northern Ireland Science Park, Mervyn Watley added: “The Science Park is the hub of the knowledge economy in

Northern Ireland and lies at the centre of a proud tradition of engineering innovation and world–renowned maritime heritage. To date the Park has invested significantly to maintain the Dock as a dry dock however due to funding limitations has only been able to provide temporary solutions. We are delighted that DOE have come on board to provide a more permanent measure to prevent the gate falling into disrepair and to improve access to the historical site.

“From April 2012 the public will be given access to the floor of the colossal Thompson Dry–Dock for the first time ever. This unique attraction will further add to the Titanic     experience at the Science Park along with the 100 year old Edwardian Pump–House which includes a state of the art Interpretive Centre.”