• Council Chairman Presents Honours At Inspirational Youth Awards

    Recognising Achievement, Raising Aspirations, Realising Potential at the Inspirational Youth Awards 2015. Forty young people were honoured at Down District Council’s Chairman’s Inspiring Youth Awards at the spacious Downpatrick Racecourse function suite on Saturday 28 March 2015 with almost 300 guests. It was a superb afternoon of celebration, entertainment and…

    Read More: Council Chairman Presents Honours At Inspirational Youth Awards Sunday, March 29th, 2015

    Ritchie Welcomes Decision On Deal For Meningitis B Vaccine

    South Down MP Margaret Ritchie speaking about progress in the Meningitis B vaccination programme,  said: “Following a long battle in Westminster  - on the floor of the House of Commons and in Committee Rooms around 13 months ago –  the British Government decided to press ahead with the Meningitis B vaccine…

    Read More: Ritchie Welcomes Decision On Deal For Meningitis B Vaccine Sunday, March 29th, 2015

    Women Entrepreneurs In Northern Ireland Must be Encouraged Says Shannon

    Strangford MP  Jim Shannon speaking at Westminster has welcomed recent reports that more women entrepreneurs could help drive the local Northern Ireland economy forward. Mr Shannon said: “I recently read in an NI Business Info article that if as many women as men were thinking of setting up a business…

    Read More: Women Entrepreneurs In Northern Ireland Must be Encouraged Says Shannon Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

    Double Delights For NIHE Residents In Downpatrick Area

    Housing Executive tenants in Downpatrick and the surrounding area are looking out at Spring through new double glazing and at the same time benefitting from warmer homes. Work is ongoing to 192 NIHE homes in the area, representing an investment of over £288,000. Bronagh Magorrian, the Local Office Manager in…

    Read More: Double Delights For NIHE Residents In Downpatrick Area Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

    Fountain Foodbank To Provide Support For Needy In Downpatrick

    In this time of economic difficulty and recession, people can often find it difficult to make ends meet. Across our towns and villages many families are in serious need. In the Downpatrick area, hidden hardship is a growing issue, and as part of an effort to alleviate this a group…

    Read More: Fountain Foodbank To Provide Support For Needy In Downpatrick Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

    Rogers Calls For Increase In Female Representation In STEM Sector

    SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA has highlighted the under-representation of women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector. Speaking in the NI Assembly chamber today, Mr Rogers said this failing requires a cross-departmental approach to remedy and that information should be available to girls at early stages…

    Read More: Rogers Calls For Increase In Female Representation In STEM Sector Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

    NI Badger Group Defends Badgers Against Bovine TB Claims

    The NI Badger Group has issued a statement on Bovine TB and culling and has attacked “scaremongering” about Bovine TB. Peter Clarke, coordinator for the Northern Ireland Badger Group said that the group is an independent voluntary conservation which draws its membership from all walks of life, including the rural…

    Read More: NI Badger Group Defends Badgers Against Bovine TB Claims Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

  • Council Bilingual Policy Again Causes Debate

    The row over the use of the Irish language in the new shadow Newry Mourne and Down District Council has become complex and muddied and probably will not clear itself finally after a few skirmishes until after 1 April when the Council takes over from the two legacy councils. It…

    Read More: Council Bilingual Policy Again Causes Debate Saturday, March 21st, 2015

    Get Set For The Mega Community Carnival In Downpatrick

    Get ready for the big community carnival in Downpatrick on Saturday 28 March. The excitement is mounting as Down District Council looks forward to the Community Carnival which will take place in the Rathkeltair Car Park in Market Street, Downpatrick from 4pm – 8pm to mark the end of an…

    Read More: Get Set For The Mega Community Carnival In Downpatrick Friday, March 20th, 2015

    Down County Museum Receives Donation From Landscape Painter John Breakey

      Down County Museum recently received a donation of an original piece from landscape artist John Breakey. Mr Breakey presented the original artwork entitled, An Angry Sea, A Day of Grey (2013) to Victoria Millar, Keeper of Collections at the Museum. Born in Belfast in 1932, Mr Breakey studied painting…

    Read More: Down County Museum Receives Donation From Landscape Painter John Breakey Friday, March 20th, 2015

    Storey Says £2.1 Million Public Realm Scheme Re-energises Ballynahinch

    Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA has visited Ballynahinch to mark the completion of a £2.1million scheme to improve the area. The Public Realm scheme has seen much-needed improvements to footpaths, street furniture, planting and lighting throughout the town centre. While in Ballynahinch the Minister also viewed the progress of…

    Read More: Storey Says £2.1 Million Public Realm Scheme Re-energises Ballynahinch Friday, March 20th, 2015

    Taskforce Welcomes New Marine Protection

    The Northern Ireland Marine Task Force (NIMTF) has welcomed the Department of Environment’s plans for new marine protection around our shores to safeguard our smallest marine mammal, the harbour porpoise, and a host of vulnerable sea birds and important marine habitats. “This is a significant step forward for Northern Ireland’s…

    Read More: Taskforce Welcomes New Marine Protection Friday, March 20th, 2015

    SERC Students Impress At Buckingham Palace

    Many congratulations to the South Eastern Regional Colleges (SERC) team of professional cookery students who recently competed at Buckingham Palace and came second in the Craft Guild of Chefs 50th anniversary Canapé competition. The City of Glasgow College, South Eastern Regional College, and the London School of Hospitality and Tourism…

    Read More: SERC Students Impress At Buckingham Palace Friday, March 20th, 2015

    Education Minister Cuts First Sods In Dundrum, Carnacaville And Saintfield

    Education Minister John O’Dowd has cut the first sods in three school projects in Down District in Saintfield, Dundrum and Carnacaville. In Dundrum, he was present at the start of the development of the £2.49million Knockevin Infants’ Centre. The centre is attached to Knockevin Special School in Downpatrick and the…

    Read More: Education Minister Cuts First Sods In Dundrum, Carnacaville And Saintfield Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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