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May 2014

The excitement is building as we race towards the third annual Ni4kids Family Awards in Association with The OUTLET, Banbridge.

With only weeks to go until the gala awards ceremony at Belfast’s City Hall we can now reveal the names of the finalists in each award category who will be joining us on Friday June 13 and in the running to collect a coveted Ni4kids Family Award.

After receiving a record number of nominations this year the short-listing process was an extremely difficult task but not as arduous as that faced by our judging panel – to select only three finalists in each category. To select our 2014 finalists we bring together a panel of six judges, each with significant experience in business, teaching, working with children and families, the media, the voluntary sector and of course most importantly, being a parent.

After hours of deliberation and discussion a final decision was made are here are the results…

Finalists in the Family Visitor Attraction of the Year (Large) Category
Sponsored by The OUTLET, Banbridge

• Castle Ward
• The Ulster Museum
• W5

Also shortlisted in this category - Odyssey Cinemas Belfast & Crumlin Road Gaol

Finalists in the Family Visitor Attraction of the Year (Small) Category
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

• The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards
• Funtastic Play, Carryduff
• Navan Fort, Armagh

Also shortlisted in this category – Funhouse, Newry, Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast & Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre, Newry.


Finalists in the Family Event of the Year Category
Sponsored by Odyssey Cinemas Belfast

• Acoustic Picnic at Oh Yeah Music Centre
• Cinemagic Under 12s Film Festival
• Star Wars Invasion VI at W5

Also shortlisted in this category – The Festival of Fools & The Festival of Light at Mount Stewart.

Finalists in the Family Support Organisation the Year Category
Sponsored by The Family Media Group

• Brainwaves NI
• Cancer Focus
• NI Cancer Fund for Children

Also shortlisted in this category – Last Surestart,Omagh & Tofs Support Group.

Finalists in the Coach or Tutor of the Year Category
Sponsored by Ni4kids

• Deirdre McLoughlin, Sign2Music
• Leanne O’Neill, Dance Factory, Omagh
• Joan Putt, Swimming Instructor

Also shortlisted in this category – Deirdre Burns, Musical Stars, Omagh; Corrina Trainor, Sumkids, Limavady; Amy West-Hurst, Waterbabies NI; Kip McGrath Tutoring, Lisburn; Patricia Quinn, Loughshore; Paul & Stephanie Meikle, Coleraine and Mayte Segura Ballet, Belfast.

Finalists in the Primary School Teacher of the Year Category
Sponsored by We Are Vertigo

• Jonathan Bleakley, Harmony Hill Primary School, Lisburn
• Mrs Gemma Caughey, St. Mary’s Primary School, Kircubbin
• Mrs Glynis Hood, Crumlin Integrated Primary School
• Mrs Markey, Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Belfast

Also shortlisted in this category – Patrick McGivern, St. Patricks PS Coalisland, Mrs Fenny, St. Mary’s, Strabane, Master Ian Gallagher, St. Peter’s PS, Bessbrook, Miss L Sherwin, Mossley PS, Mrs Marie Cassidy, St. Caolan’s PS Crossgar, Joanne McFadden, Carnmoney PS, Mrs Jane Clarke, Aughnacloy PS, Mrs Emma Allan, Rockport School Holywood.


Finalists in the Childcare Award Category
Sponsored by Tinies Childcare NI

• Little Bears Nursery, Bangor
• Anthea Ridley, Leader of the Playhouse Activity Centre Playgroup, Coleraine
• The Old Station Day Care Nursery, Dromore

Also shortlisted in this category - Karen McAlinney, Childminder Newtownards; Bella Bambinos Nursery Dromore; Karen Hanna Childminder, Ballinderry Lower; Paula McNally, Childminder, Dungannon; Little Kingdom Kids, Bangor; Siobhan Rocks, Childminder, Magherafelt.


Finalists in the Family Restaurant of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by U105 FM

• Café Inspirations, Lisburn
• Linen Hill, Banbridge
• Pizza Jazz, Belfast

Also shortlisted in this category – Ed’s Bar & Grill, Lisburn; Café Nosh, Dundonald; Grace Neill’s Donaghadee.

Finalists in the Family Friendly Business of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by UTV

• Blooming Kids NI (Mid-Ulster)
• Hillmount Garden Centre
• McCrystal Opticians, Dungannon

Also shortlisted in this category – Creation Station, Mid-Ulster, Little Citizens Boutique, Holywood; Water Babies NI.


Finalists in the Mum of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by Lidl NI

• Kerry Irvine, Omagh
• Geraldine Loughran, Lurgan
• Jessica Purdy, Killough

Also shortlisted in this category – Beverly Thom, Banbridge; Gillian Casey, Killyman; Jayne Parker, Newcastle; Kathy O’Neill, Ballymena; Pamela Weir, Comber; Naomi Palmer, Magherafelt; Donna Martin, Magherafelt.

Finalists in the Dad of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by Ni4kids

• Stuart Campbell, Newtownabbey
• Kevin Owen, Newtownabbey
• Ciaran Stewart, Belfast

Also shortlisted in this category – William Heaney, Lisburn; Stephen Paul Skelly, Newtownabbey; Gareth Black, Newry; Darren Martin, Newtownards.


Finalists in the Child of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by The OUTLET, Banbridge

• Billy Douglas, Ballygowan
• Mark McCance, Comber
• Victoria McClements, Antrim
• Caiden Tang, Ballymena

Also shortlisted in this category – Robbie Hayes, Bangor; Kaytlin Ardis, Kilkeel; Kaeden Curran, Portadown; Corey McLean, Newtownabbey; Alexandra Johnston, L’derry; Aaron Bruce, Rathriland.


Finalists in the Grandparent of the Year Award Category
Sponsored by Ni4kids

• Jackie Darnbrook, Belfast
• Fiona Finegan, Newtownards
• Mary Lagan, Belfast

Also shortlisted in this category – Fred White, Gilnahirk, Angela Nesbitt, Belfast; Catherine Kerr, Belfast; Freda Marsburg, Fintona; Lily Hutton, Belfast; Rebecca Rock, Ballymena, Robert Martin Newtownards.

Siobhan McKeown, marketing manager of The OUTLET, Banbridge was a member of the judging panel. She commented: “I think that I can speak on behalf of all the panel to say that we were so impressed by the standard of nominations this year, and thrilled that we received a record number. It’s really humbling to read of the amazing people and organisations that are doing wonderful things and supporting families with younger children in Northern Ireland. These awards are a lovely way of recognising all their efforts and an opportunity to say thank you. We’re all really looking forward to meeting our finalists in June but congratulations to everyone who was short-listed; they are all family heroes.”

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Thank you for nominating! Ni4kids would like to thank you everyone who made a nomination this year. To celebrate the 2014 Ni4kids Family Awards, in association with The OUTLET, Banbridge we will be hosting a special screening of a big family blockbuster movie at the start of the school summer holidays courtesy of Odyssey Cinemas Belfast.
Everyone who made a nomination this year will be entered into a draw to win a family ticket.
Winners will be notified in late June. Good Luck!

Image caption: The 2014 Judging Panel: Front row; Pauline Leeson, Chief Executive Officer of Children In Northern Ireland, Mary Roulston, Principal of Millennium Integrated Primary School and Siobhan McKeown, marketing manager of The OUTLET.
Back row: Maurice Jay, Breakfast Presenter U105 FM, Gary Hamilton, managing director of Ni4kids; Paul Acheson, founder of Paul Acheson Summer Camps.


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