• Ballynahinch Prepares To Sparkle this Christmas Festive Season

    With less than eight weeks until Christmas, Ballynahinch is getting into the festive spirit with the confirmation of its Christmas Lights Celebrations. Down District Council in association with Ballynahinch Revitalisation Committee is delighted to host a FREE Christmas event on Friday 21 November 2014 in Ballynahinch from 6pm – 8.30pm….

    Read More: Ballynahinch Prepares To Sparkle this Christmas Festive Season Friday, October 31st, 2014

    Ritchie Says Drastic Health Cuts To Impact On Downe Hospital

    The announcement from the Heath Minister that he is demanding cuts of £30 to £40 million from the Health Service Trusts by the end March 2015 is devastating news for patients and staff according to South Down MP Margaret Ritchie. Following yesterday’s announcement (30 October), she said: “These cuts will…

    Read More: Ritchie Says Drastic Health Cuts To Impact On Downe Hospital Friday, October 31st, 2014

    Trust Forced To Make Major Health Cuts As Stormont Pulls Purse Strings

    The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is under considerable pressure to deliver £5 from an overspend in its health budget. In a statement today (30 October), a Trust spokesperson said there were considerable financial challenges and also opportunities for reform. At the Downe Hospital, nine beds are to…

    Read More: Trust Forced To Make Major Health Cuts As Stormont Pulls Purse Strings Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    NI Water Encourages Drumlins Integrated Pupils To Drink Up

    Water for Health was the topic of the day at Drumlins Integrated when NI Water’s Education Team recently paid a visit. The children were introduced to H20, a water drop figure and mascot for the programme. They also took part in practical demonstrations to explain how much water children should…

    Read More: NI Water Encourages Drumlins Integrated Pupils To Drink Up Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

    Almac’s PATHWAY Points Newcastle Students In Right Direction For STEM Careers

    Students from Shimna Integrated College are among the first in Northern Ireland to take part in Almac’s new Schools Outreach Programme this academic year. The Pathway™ programme, which promotes STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as the route to an exciting career, was launched at the leading pharmaceutical development…

    Read More: Almac’s PATHWAY Points Newcastle Students In Right Direction For STEM Careers Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

    Ritchie Says Sellafield Risk To Public Safety Must Be Addressed Urgently

    South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency must urgently accelerate its work at Sellafield following reports of abandoned nuclear waste storage ponds posing an immediate risk to public safety. Ms Ritchie said: “I was shocked to see images from the Sellafield nuclear plant which show…

    Read More: Ritchie Says Sellafield Risk To Public Safety Must Be Addressed Urgently Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

    Rumble In The Jungle In Killyleagh Packs Bridge Centre

    The long-awaited ‘rumble in te jungle’ took place in Killyleagh last Friday evening when Councillors Billy Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP) squared up to each other in the boxing ring. This much awaited sporting spectacle was a sell out with 300 eager spectators packing intp the Bridge Centre in…

    Read More: Rumble In The Jungle In Killyleagh Packs Bridge Centre Monday, October 27th, 2014

  • Downpatrick Carpenter Nails Top Award In France

    Downpatrick carpentry apprentice Mark Hawthorne has returned home with a silver medal from the EuroSkills competition in Lille, France. Silver medallist Mark competed in carpentry and is an apprentice with Patrick Trainor Joinery in Downpatrick. EuroSkills is the largest European Skills competition and took place from October 1-5. During the…

    Read More: Downpatrick Carpenter Nails Top Award In France Sunday, October 26th, 2014

    O’Boyle Concerned About Spread Of Japanese Knotweed Across Down District

    Down District Councillor Carmel O’Boyle has described the issue of the invasive species Japanese Knotweed as “an overwhelming problem.” As it has become literally well rooted in Down District, widespread concern is mounting about its constant advance. Councillor O’Boyle said: “For over two years, local elected representatives from Newcastle have…

    Read More: O’Boyle Concerned About Spread Of Japanese Knotweed Across Down District Sunday, October 26th, 2014

    Fabulous Fireworks This Friday In Newcastle

    The spooky celebrations will kick off early on Halloween night on Friday 31 October with enchanting arts, crafts and creepy creatures galore. From 10am in the Newcastle Centre, there will be lantern workshops delivered by Free Arts World then from 4pm on the Newcastle Promenade you will have the chance…

    Read More: Fabulous Fireworks This Friday In Newcastle Sunday, October 26th, 2014

    Halloween Panto In Newcastle To Celebrate Hallowtides

    Come along and enjoy two great shows on Halloween weekend. On Friday 31 October at 8.30pm, Dracula – The Panto! will take place in the Newcastle Centre, bringing the Hallowe’en night festivities to a ‘spooktacular’ close. And on Saturday 1 November at 8pm, popular band The 4 of Us will…

    Read More: Halloween Panto In Newcastle To Celebrate Hallowtides Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

    The Irish Gunmakers And Their Hidden Legacy

    What would appear to be one of the greatest secrets to the Irish nation is the fact that their heritage in gunmaking is both vast and highly respected writes David Stroud. Some 800 gunmakers are listed across the whole of Ireland for the period covering the late 16th Century through…

    Read More: The Irish Gunmakers And Their Hidden Legacy Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

    Downpatrick Carer Nominated For Northern Ireland-Wide Award

    Independent Health & Care Providers (IHCP) are set to honour the great work of staff and providers across NI. A local Downpatrick-based care manager has been nominated for an award celebrating the brilliant work done by care workers across Northern Ireland. Marie Parkes, Domiciliary Care Manager at Jark Healthcare, is…

    Read More: Downpatrick Carer Nominated For Northern Ireland-Wide Award Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

    Foster Announces 60 New Jobs For Autoline

    Opportunities To Be Created in Downpatrick Autoline Branch. Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Autoline Insurance Group, headquartered in Newry, is creating 60 new jobs and some of these will be coming to the Downpatrick branch. Autoline is one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent brokers providing…

    Read More: Foster Announces 60 New Jobs For Autoline Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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