Monthly Archives: April 2011

Dundrum River Gets Reprieve From Pipeline Threat

DUNDRUM Village Association has warmly welcomed the written response from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency confirming that as a result of local opposition and objections to the proposed pipeline to the Moneycarragh River that overflow storm and sewage water discharge will not now be pumped to the popular fishing river….

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Othello For Annesley Hall

‘O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ Bruiser Theatre Company explodes onto the stage with an electrifying contemporary take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller / tragedy of love, paranoia, jealousy and murder – the story of…

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Carrickmannon Trout Fishery Warming Up

DUE to the increase in water temperature at Carrickmannon Trout Fishery near Saintfield, the fish have been rising well in all areas and the catches have increased accordingly. Heaviest catch on the Fly Pond went to Margaret Cairnduff from Killinchy with two for 7lbs 8oz. And Belfast anglers David McGarvey…

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Dog Fouling Issue Touches Raw Nerve On Facebook

OVER the weekend a considerable number of responses were received on the Jim Masson / Down News Facebook page regarding the thorny issue of dog’s defecaeting on our streets and public places. I raised the issue after seeing a shop front doorway in Downpatrick badly messed with dog pooh. After…

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Pay Increase For Agricultural Workers Announced

THE Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has confirmed changes to pay for agricultural workers. At a meeting of the AWB on Friday 25 March 2011, the Board increased minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 1.9%.

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Search On For An Oliver By St Patrick's Youth Theatre

FOLLOWING last year’s highly successful production of ‘Les Miserables’,  St.Patrick’s Youth Theatre are proud to present their 2011 production of the classic family musical ‘Oliver.’ The society will be holding open auditions to find the title character Oliver! The loveable rogue Dodger, the sinister Fagan and all the principal characters…

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Ruane Welcomes Loughinisland Report Release In Early May

SOUTH Down Sinn Féin Assembly candidate Caitríona Ruane MLA has welcomed the news that the Police Ombudsman’s Report into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre is to be published in the week starting the 9th of May. Ms Ruane, who has worked closely with the Loughinisland Justice Group in their quest to…

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Downpatrick SERC Students Cook Up All-Ireland Bronze

SIX catering students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Downpatrick Campus have recently won All-Ireland Bronze medals at the CATEX Exhibition 2011, which was held in the RDS Arena, Dublin. The students, who are studying a VRQ Professional Cookery course were competing against some of the finest trainee chefs in…

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First Minister Visits Down High School

Down High School Receives Visit From First Minister THE First Minister, Peter Robinson MLA, is the latest high-profile guest speaker to have addressed Down High School’s Current Affairs Society. One hundred and fifty senior students were joined by a number of Sixth Formers from St Patrick’s Grammar School for the…

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Ruane: Letter On Transfer Test

Letter to the Editor. DUP has “contradictory stance on Transfer Test challenge” says Ruane. A chara, In the short life of this Assembly, there has been an enormous focus on education. At a personal level, I welcome debate – even controversy – if it is properly informed and responsibly conducted….

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Lest We Forget… The Story Of Irena Sendler

IN 2008, the death of a 98 year-old incredibly brave lady named Irena occurred. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.. She had an ‘ulterior motive’. She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews (being German). Irena smuggled infants out…

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Portaferry Boy Walks Out With NI Heroes

RONAN Blair from Portaferry got to experience every young Northern Ireland fan’s dream as he walked out as a McDonald’s player escort for the national team’s game against Slovenia at Windsor Park. This fantastic opportunity arose after Ronan won a McDonald’s competition and he got to experience first-hand the excitement…

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Voices Of Lecale To Sing In St Patrick Centre

LOCAL Co Down folksinger Laura Plummer is tuning up for her next singing session. The driving force behind the successful singing group, Voices of Lecale, Laura has been a key player at many civic festivities providing a fantastic range of songs from her excellent folk choir. She said, “The Lecale…

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Down County Museum Goes Megalithic

DOWN County Museum has unveiled a new exhibition about the Megalithic tombs and stone circles of Northern Ireland. The exhibition and a booklet entitled Mega-Megaliths was created with the help of Downpatrick Young Archaeologists’ Club, who charted their visits to important sites such as the 5,000 year-old Legananny Dolmen, the…

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Ritchie Calls For Ombudsman to Deliver On Report For Loughinisland Massacre

SDLP leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has met with the Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson regarding the publication of his report into the Loughinisland massacre and told him that the delays surrounding the report have only served to undermine confidence in his office. Ms Ritchie said, “I had a…

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