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  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 March 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley


It looks like another cold one tonight, even if it's not quite as snowy as the last couple of evenings.

Gary Reid sends us this picture of a chilly evening in Carrickfergus.

Carrickfergus Castle
Gary Reid

We'll be back with more updates from 07:00 tomorrow. Until then, crank up the heating and stay wrapped up warm.

Documenting a legend:

If you missed last night's documentary

Willie John, on the life of the Irish rugby legend, then you
catch it now on BBC iPlayer.

Willie John

Less snow, still icy:

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Not as much snow in the

forecast for tonight, but it will be cold and frosty. Expect more treacherous conditions when travelling in the morning.

Tuesday night weather

Meccano bridge in Belfast?

Belfast Telegraph

Academics at Queen's University have proposed to build a temporary a bridge across the Lagan made entirely from Meccano,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.


Marshall and Wilson cited:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster players Luke Marshall and Roger Wilson have been cited after incidents in last Friday's Pro12 win over the Scarlets.

Luke Marshall and Roger Wilson

Marshall is alleged to have kicked an opponent while Wilson is charged with striking a Scarlets player.

Animal seizure:

Police in Craigavon say they have seized a number of animal items after a search in the Lurgan area related to endangered species regulations.

Craigavon animals

Police were assisted by the National Crime Agency and the Scottish Wildlife Criminal Investigation Unit.

Court hears of 'don't speak' order:

A woman whose partner was shot dead in her flat was ordered not to speak by a masked man when she opened the door to him,

a murder trial has heard.

Kieran McLaughlin

Kieran Edward Joseph McLaughlin denies the murder of Barry McCrory in Londonderry in October 2013.

Snow jump

Thanks to Stephen McConnell who emailed us this great picture taken at Portstewart golf course earlier

snow jump
Stephen McConnell

Tweet us your pics to

@bbcnewsni or email

Belfast delays:

BBC NI Travel

Traffic is slow on the Albertbridge Road and Newtownards Road towards Holywood Road.

There are also delays on the Boucher Road in both directions and on the Stranmillis Road from Queen's University to Stranmillis Village.

Council bans poppy sales:

Belfast Telegraph

Remembrance Day poppies have been banned from sale at all council buildings in one of the first steps taken by the news Mid Ulster Council,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.


The policy was passed at a meeting of the shadow council by 24 votes to 15.

Bishops honoured:

Derry Journal

Derry City Council have agreed to confer the freedom of the city to Bishops Edward Daly and James Mehaffey after a meeting earlier today,

the Derry Journal reports.

Edward Daly

P-P-Pick up a new job?:

Tara Mills

BBC Evening Extra

A former journalist turned magician from Ireland is hoping to land a new job - at a post office in the Antarctic.

Antarctic Post Office

Anthony Galvin, from County Clare, is one of 1,000 people to

apply to live and work for five months on Goudier Island, surrounded only be penguins. We'll be speaking to him after 17:45.

Man denies terror charge:

A 28-year-old Londonderry man has denied bringing a note into Maghaberry Prison on behalf of a proscribed terrorist organisation last year.

Belfast Crown Court

Belfast Crown Court heard that a note wrapped in cling film was found in the possession of William McDonnell, from Culdaff Gardens. He was released on continuing bail to await a date for trial.

Satellite snow cover:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Ireland as seen from space today. See the snow cover in parts of Ulster and Connacht through the clouds.

Snow Ireland

Water meters installed:

Irish News

The Irish News

reports that almost 1,000 water meters have been installed in Northern Ireland in the last three months.

water meter

Falls Road slow citybound

BBC NI Travel

traffic tweet
Conor Macauley

RBAI for Schools Cup final:

BBC Sport NI

RBAI are through to the School's Cup final after beating Coleraine Academical in today's semi-final at Ravenhill by 10-6.

Schools Cup

More hill snow coming:


tweets us this lovely shot of snow in the Sperrins

Snowy sperrins

Wildlife keeper wins legal battle:

A wildlife keeper has

won a High Court battle over being evicted from his County Antrim animal sanctuary.

Tiger petting

Norman Elder, 51, was

forced out of the centre in 2008 after photos emerged on social media of a girl stroking a tiger. A judge ruled in his favour over the USPCA and a hearing later this year will decide the level of damages.

Schools Cup semi-final:

BBC Sport NI

Coleraine Academical Institution are facing RBAI in the Schools Cup semi-finals right now at Ravenhill. The score stands at 3-3 at half-time.

Schools Cup

BBC Sport NI are

offering live updates of the game on Twitter.

Picture perfect:

Jayne McCormack


This stunning photo of Mull of Kintyre and Ballycastle (thanks

Anne Kelly!) looks more like an oil painting than real life!

Anne Kelly

At least the sun has finally reared its head after all those snow showers on the north coast this morning.

Boy target of online abuse:

A woman has said she's

hurt and disgusted at abusive comments posted about her autistic son on a Facebook page.

Internet comments
Getty Images

Home brewing:

BBC NI Archive

There are reports today that the north coast is set to get its first brewery in over 30 years.


As this great

archive footage from the 1960s shows, BBC News NI's roving reporter James Boyce learns how to bypass the pub and make his own beer with a home brew kit!

Ancient site explored:

Lurgan Mail

The Lurgan Mail

reports that archaeologists are surveying a 4,000-year-old Neolithic henge in the middle of Aghagallon, County Armagh, to find out what lies beneath the historic site.

North coast beach snow

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Snow dunes in Portrush on the north coast today. Photo by Alive Surf School.

Snow dunes
ALive Surf School

New radio studio:

BBC NI Travel

We used the new radio bulletins studio for the first time today at 14:00! This is where travel bulletins (along with the normal news, sport and weather) will come from when we're not at the traffic control centre.


Ice tonight, warmer tomorrow:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Ice and snow showers are in the forecast again tonight. But - it'll get milder from tomorrow. Double digit temperatures due at the weekend.

Ice warning

Ex-teacher admits images charges:

A former maths teacher who once ran for Belfast City Council has

pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children. Peter Prendiville from Craigdarragh Park in Holywood, was ordered by the judge at Downpatrick Crown Court to sign the sex offenders register.

Adult heart services:

BBC News NI's Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connelly



IFA against GB football team:

BBC Sport NI

The Irish FA says its position on a

GB Olympics football team is "unchanged" and that "when playing, our players should play in a Northern Ireland shirt".

Great Britain Olympics team
Getty Images

The Football Association plans to enter men's and women's Great Britain teams for the 2016 Olympics. A GB team featured in the 2012 Olympics, but the Irish, Welsh and Scottish FA didn't give their official backing.

Drugs seized in searches:

Cannabis plants worth estimated street value of £15,000 were seized by police yesterday after searches in Craigavon and Portadown.

Police say three men, aged 22, 28 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences. The 22 and 28-year-old have been released on bail.

Lord mayor expecting:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon (left) is expecting her first child this summer.

Nichola Mallon

Temperatures rising:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It may not seem like it today, but it is going to get milder later this week! Temperatures rising from tomorrow and getting up to highs of 13 degrees Celcius by the weekend.


Unionist 'cold house':

Unionists on the new Mid Ulster council say they're demanding a call-in about a number of decisions made at last week's council meeting.


They said decisions including banning the sale of poppies and Irish-first branding on logos, vehicles and buildings were an attempt by nationalists to create a "cold house for unionists".

First woman editor:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

says it has appointed a new editor - Gail Walker. She is the first woman to edit the newspaper and replaces Mike Gilson, who left in January.

Interface interviews:

BBC News NI's Mark Simpson conducting interviews at the Belfast Interface Project on the upcoming The Big Lunch event (thanks to

Grainne McCloskey for the picture).

The Big Lunch
Grainne McCloskey

Bin collections off:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that bin collections across Londonderry have been cancelled today because of hazardous road conditions.

Bin being taken out

Paulie is 'Ireland's sexiest':

BBC Sport NI

Some rugby news you might have missed over the last week - Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was voted Ireland's sexiest rugby player.

Paul O'Connell

BBC Sport NI's Thomas Niblock

asked him how he felt about winning the prestigious award.