• PHA Highlights Importance Of Stopping Smoking During Pregnancy

    Smoking during pregnancy is the largest preventable cause of ill-health and death in young babies and infants. Statistics from the 2010 Infant Feeding Survey show that in Northern Ireland 28% of mothers smoked in the 12 months before pregnancy. It is encouraging that of those mothers who smoked before or…

    Read More: PHA Highlights Importance Of Stopping Smoking During Pregnancy Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

    First Trust Bank Launches Agri Food Support Programme

    Downpatrick, Newcastle and Castlewellan Agri-Advisor Gary Murray has been appointed by the First Trust Bank to be part of a new Province-wide team to deliver specialist support to local farmers and agri-businesses. First Trust Bank recently announced details of a new support package including a range of funding initiatives designed…

    Read More: First Trust Bank Launches Agri Food Support Programme Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

    Killyleagh Gets Set To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Of World War One

    Killyleagh is preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The village is among the first in Northern Ireland to stage a series of community events to commemorate the outbreak of the war in August 1914. A programme of free events has been organised…

    Read More: Killyleagh Gets Set To Celebrate 100th Anniversary Of World War One Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

    Wedding Of The Year Play To Be Staged In Newcastle

    The annual Newcastle Summer Season programme welcomes The Bart Players with their comedy drama, Wedding of the Year by Norman Robbins, at 8pm on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August at the Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade in Newcastle. Alison Murchison, at first glance, wouldn’t strike you as a typical heroine;…

    Read More: Wedding Of The Year Play To Be Staged In Newcastle Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

    Castlewellan Girl Airlifted To Hospital After Cycle Accident

    As thousands flocked on their way to the annual Castlewellan agricultural show on Saturday, a young local girl was playing on her bicycle in Castlewellan Forest Park with her friend when she sustained a near fatal injury. Alana fell off her bicycle and the handlebars gouged her leg severing veins…

    Read More: Castlewellan Girl Airlifted To Hospital After Cycle Accident Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Major Call To Support Petition To Keep NHS Free From Privatisation

    So, you don’t want to pay private medical insurance like they do in America and have a two-tier country of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ when it comes to health care cover. The new People’s NHSni Campaign group, in conjunction with the Down Community Health Committee will be launching its local petition…

    Read More: Major Call To Support Petition To Keep NHS Free From Privatisation Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Shannon Opposes Wind Turbines At Ballyhalbert

    Strangford MP Jim Shannon has expressed his concern at another wind turbine proposal for Ballyhalbert. He said: “There was one passed there some time ago and it was only afterwards that local residents learned of it. This time, however, locals are prepared and knowledgeable in advance of the new proposals…

    Read More: Shannon Opposes Wind Turbines At Ballyhalbert Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

  • Castlewellan Show Attracts Thousands As Weather Holds Well

    There was a major drama at the Castlewellan Agicultural Show on Saturday as  thousands of people  were surprised by the arrival of the police helicopter which landed in one of the show rings in the late afternoon. A young girl had been badly injured when she fell off her bicycle…

    Read More: Castlewellan Show Attracts Thousands As Weather Holds Well Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Building Works Start On Museum’s Downpatrick High Cross Extension

    Building work on an extension to Down County Museum to house the Downpatrick High Cross and provide other new exhibition space has commenced. Builders moved into the museum site on 21 July and it is expected that the extension which is at the rear of the cell block will be…

    Read More: Building Works Start On Museum’s Downpatrick High Cross Extension Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    Fears As National Health Service Threatened By Transatlantic Partnership

    South Belfast MLA and Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has today expressed his concern over an international trade agreement which could underpin wholesale privatisation of our Health Service. Mr McKinney said: “The new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is to be signed between The European Union and the United States of…

    Read More: Fears As National Health Service Threatened By Transatlantic Partnership Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    Local Support For Palestine In White Line Protest In Downpatrick

    Despite international efforts to broker a ceasefire, the conflict has escalated with Israel now making military incursions into Gaza and the death toll has risen to 275. During the local Downpatrick protest, supporters of Friends of Palestine (Ireland) stood along the white line in the centre of upper Market Street…

    Read More: Local Support For Palestine In White Line Protest In Downpatrick Saturday, July 19th, 2014

    Water Supply Restored In Ardglass After Two Day Stoppage

    For the past two days many homes in Ardglass have been without a water supply due to an emergency problem in the water supply. Supplies of bottled water in the village were running low and many have complained they could not flush toilets, wash, bathe and shower, wash clothes, and…

    Read More: Water Supply Restored In Ardglass After Two Day Stoppage Friday, July 18th, 2014

    Lights, Cameras, Action At The B/E Aerospace Festival Of Flight

    It is going to be entertainment all the way as Newcastle prepares for the arrival of those ‘magnificent men and their flying machines’ for this year’s B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight. The fun gets off to a flying start on Friday 8 August as U105 swoops into town for an…

    Read More: Lights, Cameras, Action At The B/E Aerospace Festival Of Flight Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

    Downpatrick IoD Business Leader Wins Place in UK Final

    A Downpatrick woman is one of nine business leaders from Northern Ireland to have been handpicked by the Institute of Directors to represent the region in the celebrated UK finals of the Director of the Year Awards in London. Earlier this year, Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct, located in Comber,…

    Read More: Downpatrick IoD Business Leader Wins Place in UK Final Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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