Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sinn Féin Condemns Omagh Murder

SINN Fein South Down Assembly candidates Caitríona Ruane, Willie Clarke and Naomi Bailie have spoken out with one voice to forthrightly condemn the brutal murder of young PSNI office Ronan Kerr in Omagh. In a joint statement the three MLA candidates said, “The peace process is about the future. It is…

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Alzheimer's Society Meeting In Ballynahinch

The next meeting of the Ballynahinch Carers Support Group, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, will take place on: Monday 18th April at 7:30pm in the Market House, Ballynahinch. The speaker at this meeting will be Deena Nimick, Independent Living Advisor with the Centre for Independent Living on the topic of…

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O'Neill Calls On DARD To Support Castlewellan Forest Park Arboretum

SDLP Down District Chairman Eamonn O’Neill has criticised the Minister for Agriculture for failing to deliver funds to develop the arboretum in Castlewellan Forest Park. The South Down Assembly candidate said, “The Agriculture Minister’s abandonment of Castlewellan Forest Park is almost criminal. “Our world renowned arboretum is in now shabby…

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New Arrangements At Downe A&E Department Challenged

Health Campaigners Stage Candle Lit Protest Outside Downe A&E In a joint statement from Eamonn McGrady and Dick Shannon MBE of the Down Community Health Committee, a clear message of dissaproval has been voiced by the health campaigners. Their statement said, “Monday 4th April 2011 will go down in the…

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First Minister Visits Down District

THE Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson visited Down District last Thursday prior to a launch of the DUP’s local candidates in the Stormont and Council elections. His day in Down started at the St Patrick Centre where he had a private meeting with his party colleagues and several representatives…

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Spring Clean At Strangford Lough… Join In The Fun !

STRANGFORD LOUGH NEEDS YOU ! There will be a Spring Clean on Strangford Lough on April 9th at 11 am. Everyone is to meet at the Ferry Quay, The Strand in Portaferry. Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership  (SLLP) manager said, “Come and enjoy a day of family fun with a difference….

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2011 Bursary For Artists To Get Creative In The ‘Big House’

Artists from the Ards have the opportunity to get creative in ‘The Big House’ – the affectionate name for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre – with a bursary now on offer from Ards Arts Committee.

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Ruane Urges Uptake On Funding

SOUTH Down SF Assembly candidate Caitríona Ruane has urged farmers and food processors to ensure that they take up the opportunity to draw down funding from several recently-opened funding streams.

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Castlewellan GAC

Congratulations to Aoife Keown who was named the Down Under 14 Camogie Player for 2010 at last Friday night’s County Camogie Awards in the Club writes Martin MaClean. This will sit along with her Down Under 14 Footballer of the Year for 2010

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RGU Notes

THE Club sadly learned of the death of Pat Morgan on Sunday writes Michael Starkey. Pat has been involved with the Club all his life in the fields of administration, fundraising and Scor. He was regular caller at the Lotto every Sunday night and always called in for a bit…

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Newcastle AC Notes

King David reigns supreme in Leitrim (Newcastle AC notes by Joe McCann) Comparing any athlete to arguably the greatest king in Biblical history is certainly bold, but in this case the analogy befits the efforts of David McKibbin as he rose to the occasion and produced a display of smooth…

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O'Neill Addresses Care Providers' Organisation

SOUTH Down SDLP Assembly Candidate Eamonn O’Neill has addressed an IHCP (Independent Health Care Providers) seminar in Downpatrick. Councillor O’Neill said, “I wish to put on record my absolute support for those who care for a relative or family friend who is unwell.  This can often be an extremely demanding…

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Ardglass Beat Islandmagee In Clarence Cracker

Clarence Cup 4th Round Ardglass  4  Islandmagee  3 Ardglass faced Islandmagee in the 4th Round match of the Clarence Cup, a team pressing for the top of the Premier League. The match was not on paper going to be an easy one for Ardglass. Player Richard Kerr was off with…

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Wildlife Coming To A Garden Near You

SPRING is in the air and Down District Council is calling for entries to its exciting new Wildlife Gardening Competition. The competition aims to promote the creation of attractive and welcoming gardens for both wildlife and people. By getting involved, you’ll not only help attract a variety of wildlife into…

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McKevitt Calls For Better Support For People With Learning Difficulties

SDLP South Down Assembly Candidate Councillor Karen McKevitt has said the Assembly must put more resources into helping people with learning disabilities. She said,“There must be greater collaboration between government departments, particularly the departments of health and education to help people and families living with learning disabilities.

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