• SEAFLAG Fishing Communities Scheme Launched

    The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the South-East Area Fisheries Local Action Group (SEAFLAG) today officially launched a £2.4million Community-led Local Development (CLLD) initiative for County Down fishing communities. The launch held at Ardglass Golf Club revealed £2.4million investment programme is provided through Union Priority 4…

    Read More: SEAFLAG Fishing Communities Scheme Launched Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

    SERC Links With Millennium PS On Future Careers

    Millennium Integrated Primary School located between Saintfield and Carryduff and South Eastern Regional College (SERC) joined forces recently for a unique opportunity for pupils and their families to get an insight to what career path they might wish to follow. The event was designed to help boost the children’s understanding…

    Read More: SERC Links With Millennium PS On Future Careers Monday, June 18th, 2018

    Environment Agency Reveals Top Type Of Tipped Trash 

    Tyres, asbestos and construction rubble are among the top items of commercial trash being tipped across Northern Ireland. The latest statistics from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) reveal items from house clearances such as white goods and furniture are also among the most frequently dumped items. Mark Cherry from…

    Read More: Environment Agency Reveals Top Type Of Tipped Trash  Monday, June 18th, 2018

    East Down AC On The Run

    Another busy week has gone by for local runners writes Joe Quinn and Alison Carroll. FIELDS OF LIFE 5K ON 9th JUNE I must begin with an apology for omitting Catherine O’ Connor’s fine run last week in the Field of Life 5K in Stormont Estate when she not only…

    Read More: East Down AC On The Run Monday, June 18th, 2018

    NSPCC Calls For End To Wild West Web

    NSPCC calls for robust laws to protect children as recorded sexual communication offences rise *  Total of 82 crimes of Sexual Communication with a Child recorded by PSNI last year. *  UK Government’s new laws to end Wild West Web must tackle grooming on social media NSPCC Northern Ireland is calling for…

    Read More: NSPCC Calls For End To Wild West Web Monday, June 18th, 2018

    Ratepayers Urged To Avail Of Rate Rebate 

    Land and Property Services (LPS), part of the Department of Finance, is urging tenants and homeowners to check their eligibility for the new Rate Rebate Scheme. The scheme entitles ratepayers in receipt of Universal Credit to a rebate on their rates and is being rolled out in conjunction with Universal…

    Read More: Ratepayers Urged To Avail Of Rate Rebate  Monday, June 18th, 2018

    Beacon Nominations Are Open In Killyleagh

    The search is on for 10 people who represent the very best of Killyleagh and Shrigley.   As part of the commemoration and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, nominations are being sought for people who have made an outstanding contribution to local community life….

    Read More: Beacon Nominations Are Open In Killyleagh Monday, June 18th, 2018

  • DownTime Races Draws Crowds To Downpatrick

    There was a feast of racing at Downpatrick race course this weekend celebrating the DownTime Festival. At the Saturday race meeting, Crossgar trainer Colin Mc Bratney supplied a local victory when Shipwreck proved the runaway winner of the Coors Hurdle. He lead at the last and went clear with in-form…

    Read More: DownTime Races Draws Crowds To Downpatrick Sunday, June 17th, 2018

    Down Museum To Bring Ballykinlar History To Life

    Down County Museum will mark the Decade of Centenaries with an interpretation of the life of those who lived and worked in Ballykinlar Camp during the first half of the 20th century. The Ballykinler Hut project, which received funding from the EU PEACE IV Programme, will have a particular focus…

    Read More: Down Museum To Bring Ballykinlar History To Life Friday, June 15th, 2018

    School Prizes For Bee Aware Competition

    Newry Mourne and Down District Council has recognised schools that took part in the first ever ‘Bee Aware’ poster competition. The competition was launched in partnership with the Down Soroptomist Group to promote awareness and knowledge of local pollinators. Council Chairperson, Councillor Mark Murnin said: “I am delighted to say…

    Read More: School Prizes For Bee Aware Competition Friday, June 15th, 2018

    Bengoa’s Message on 70th Birthday of NHS

    Professor Rafael Bengoa, who chaired the expert panel on health transformation in the Health Service in Northern Ireland, producing the Transforming Your Care document, spoke out with a message on the back of this historic occassion of the NHS celebrating its 70th anniversary. He said: “I’m delighted to be back in…

    Read More: Bengoa’s Message on 70th Birthday of NHS Friday, June 15th, 2018

    ASDA Downpatrick Supports Fountain Foodbank

    Local supermarket’s foodbank drive – store colleagues help launch Asda’s Fight Hunger Create Change programme.  A supermarket in Downpatrick has teamed up with a local foodbank to collect food for local people facing hunger. Colleagues at Asda Downpatrick have helped launched the drive to collect food donations at the store,…

    Read More: ASDA Downpatrick Supports Fountain Foodbank Friday, June 15th, 2018

    Armstrong Slams Boris Johnson’s Bridge Project

    Alliance Strangford MLA for Strangford and party infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong has slammed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after media reports indicating he supports building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Following a report in the the Belfast Telegraph,  the Foreign Secretary has indicated his support for the £15 billion…

    Read More: Armstrong Slams Boris Johnson’s Bridge Project Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

    Council Announce Further Geopark Community Events

    An exciting programme of geopark-themed public community events has been announced by the Geopark Project team at Newry Mourne and Down District Council for 2018. The team will have a presence at a number of annual festivals and events that are scheduled to take place over the coming months.  From…

    Read More: Council Announce Further Geopark Community Events Tuesday, June 12th, 2018