• Down Pupils Face Economic Disadvantage On Meals

    South Down socio-economic divisions are as deep as ever with over twice as many non- grammar school pupils entitled to free school meals as their grammar school counterparts, according to a Killyleagh teacher. Carney Cumper, President of the Ulster Teachers’ Union and a teacher at Killyleagh Integrated Primary, was commenting…

    Read More: Down Pupils Face Economic Disadvantage On Meals Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    SERC Students Cook Up Success At IFEX

    A team of hospitality and catering students from the Downpatrick Campus of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) are celebrating after winning a host of medals and awards at the prestigious hospitality trade show, IFEX Chef Skills 2018, which took place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre Belfast. Local students from SERC’s school of hospitality,…

    Read More: SERC Students Cook Up Success At IFEX Friday, April 13th, 2018

    Disability Sports Hub Launched Across District

    Disability Sports Hub Launched to Develop Disability Sport Throughout the District On Tuesday 10 April, Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew welcomed pupils, parents, teachers and assistants from St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, St Mark’s Secondary School and Disability Sport NI to Newry Leisure Centre to…

    Read More: Disability Sports Hub Launched Across District Friday, April 13th, 2018

    DCDR Launches Campaign To Save NI Thumper

    The Thumper  engines defined rail travel in Northern Ireland for four decades, but now it is the end of the line for this veteran of Northern Ireland’s rails. This week the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) has launched a fundraising campaign to safeguard the future of this distinctive Northern…

    Read More: DCDR Launches Campaign To Save NI Thumper Friday, April 13th, 2018

    Don’t Miss Rural Farm Family Health Day In Killyleagh

    At the launch of a Rural Farm Families’ Health event with the Action Cancer Big Bus visiting Killyleagh on May 4 are Rowallane District Electoral Area Forum members Cllr Terry Andrews (chairperson), Cllr Robert Burgess, Cllr William Walker, Cllr Harry Harvey and Brian Gamble; Dee Herron of Killyleagh Football Club, Action Cancer…

    Read More: Don’t Miss Rural Farm Family Health Day In Killyleagh Friday, April 13th, 2018

    Comber Project Gets Injection Of Alpha Funding

    Comber Regeneration Community Partnership has outlined exciting plans to transform a disused civic amenity site thanks to £44,500 of funding awarded through the Alpha Programme. The derelict site, which is owned by Ards and North Down Borough Council will be transformed to become a focal point of the community, managed…

    Read More: Comber Project Gets Injection Of Alpha Funding Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

    Shimna College Teacher Wins Peace Writing Prize

    Northern Ireland writers have come out top in a global writing competition. And teacher Mairi McCurdy from Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle County Down along with Strathearn School pupil Elena Gourley, have come first and runner-up in their respective categories in the Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition. The competition, an initiative…

    Read More: Shimna College Teacher Wins Peace Writing Prize Friday, April 6th, 2018

  •  Hazzard Does Political Tour Of USA

    Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP was guest speaker at a number of Easter Rising Commemorative events in the USA over the weekend. The South Down MP travelled to Chicago and New York where he engaged with Irish American organisations, trade union officials, cross-party US political representatives and Irish government officials….

    Read More:  Hazzard Does Political Tour Of USA Friday, April 6th, 2018

    Huge Cannabis Haul By Police In Dromore

    Police have seized what they believe could be one of Northern Ireland’s largest ever hauls of herbal cannabis. The cannabis was intercepted and five people arrested by PSNI officers on Friday 30 March around 1pm following a joint operation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, An Garda Síochána and…

    Read More: Huge Cannabis Haul By Police In Dromore Saturday, March 31st, 2018

    Walker And Andrews To Tee Up At Bright GC

    The golfing greats will be out in force at Bright Castle Golf Club once again this coming June to raise vital funds for deserving local charities. Rowallene Councillors Billy Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP) has already ran a number of successful fund-raising events over the past two years for…

    Read More: Walker And Andrews To Tee Up At Bright GC Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

    Downpatrick Jockey Wins On First Race At Ayr

    Downpatrick teenager Daniel McMenamin  had a dream start to his racing career at Ayr when winning on his first ever racecourse ride on Western Rules trained by his boss Nicky Richards. The 17-year old came through to excellent advantage when winning in a photo finish.  The local amateur rider, a…

    Read More: Downpatrick Jockey Wins On First Race At Ayr Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

    Ardglass Mum Praises Support From Mencap

    Today 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day. Down News is featuring a touching article of Aileen Hamill from Ardglass and her daughter Nicola as she shares her very positive experience they have had with Mencap. Aileen Hamill has explained how Mencap have helped her family ahead of World Down Syndrome…

    Read More: Ardglass Mum Praises Support From Mencap Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

    McGrath Opposes Exit From Digital Single Market

    South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has said that Theresa May’s plan to withdraw from the EU digital single market will see the return of roaming charges and signal dropout along the Irish border. McGrath said: “It’s clear that the British Government has no idea of the real depth of…

    Read More: McGrath Opposes Exit From Digital Single Market Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

    Police are urging members of the public to protect themselves against fraudsters who claim to represent HMRC and trick them into making a bogus payment.  The warning comes after more than a dozen reports were made to police on Friday 16 March, where residents in the Holywood and Bangor areas…

    Read More: Sunday, March 18th, 2018