Monthly Archives: August 2011

Blithe Spirit Reviewed By George Fleeton

Blithe Spirit REVIEW By George Fleeton The Holywood Players’ production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit concluded the summer season at the Newcastle Centre (on August 19th and 20th). This amateur dramatic company has been performing and touring regularly since the 1930s and usually presents three full length plays each year.

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EDAC Reports From Killyleagh, Portaferry And Rathlin

KILLYLEAGH, PORTAFERRY and RATHLIN What a week it’s been for East Down athletes. At Killyleagh, where a record 113 runners took to the scenic but personal bests were being set by virtually every East Down runner with Ryan Hagen dipping below 30 minutes, Mark McDowell just over and newcomer Paul…

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Friends Of Cancer Centre Call For Donard Walkers

THE Friends of the Cancer Centre, Northern Ireland’s regional centre of excellence in cancer care, would like adventure seeking members of the public to  sign up to tackle one of Northern Ireland highest peak in the name of charity. The Friends of the Cancer Centre’s annual 2011 Slieve Donard Challenge…

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Dragon Star Theo Paphitis Recognises Kip McGrath Tutors

THE owners of the Co Down Kip McGrath Education Centre were jumping for joy to find out they had caught the attention of BBC Dragon’s Den star, Theo Paphitis. Clare Rimmer, who with her husband Martin, are the Teacher/Directors of a Maths and English tuition centre entered the Small Business…

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Legbiter Race And Fun Run Goes Well In Killyleagh

THERE was plenty of excitement in Killyleagh as young and not so young runners lined up for a Friday evening run. The main race was the Legbiter spnsored by the Strangford Lough Breing Company. It was won this year by Brendan Teer of the East Down AC who is in…

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Ladies Day At Downpatrick Races

THE scene was set for another successful Ladies’ Day August Bank Holiday meeting at Downpatrick Racecourse as the sun shone for most of the afternoon with an occasional threat of rain which never really materialised. With a great number of punters from far and wide attending the race meeting and…

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The Up And Downs Of The Fishing Industry In Co Down

THE fishing industry in Northern Ireland has met a number of difficult issues in recent years and calls to DARD to introduce a decommissioning scheme have not as yet happened. The previous Fisheries Minister looked into the implications of this and instigated an inquiry into the business case for decommissioning…

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The Chilling Reality Of Higher Electricity Prices

THE 20% electricity charge hike is bad news for business says Northern Ireland Independent Retail Association (NIIRTA). Glyn Roberts NIIRTA Chief Executive, who met with senior officials from Power NI and receives much support from the local Co Down chambers of commerce, has expressed major concern about  the Wednesday 24th August…

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Children Raise Funds For Charity In Summer Schemes

CHILDREN from across Down District Council’s Summer Scheme have been doing their bit to raise money for those in need. Children attending the Schemes in Downpatrick, Newcastle, Ballynahinch and Drumaness organised a variety of fundraising activities including a Raffle, Sponsored World Cup, Bring and Buy Sale and a Wizard of…

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Trust To Launch New Regional Nursing Uniforms

THE South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust will be launching a new regional nursing uniform on 5th September 2011 which will be rolled out in phases across hospitals in the South Eastern Trust area – Downe, Ulster, Lagan Valley, Bangor & Ards and in the community. Hospital services staff…

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O'Neill Challenges Wells Over GAA Criticism

SDLP Newcastle’s Down District Councillor  Eamonn O’Neill has said Jim Wells’ criticism of Bryansford Ladies GAA fundraising efforts in local supermarkets while bag packing “further underlines his vendetta against the club and the GAA”. Councillor  O’Neill said, “The teenage girls from Bryansford Ladies were out on a voluntary basis trying…

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Castlewellan GAC

CONGRATULATIONS to the Town Senior Football Team who secured promotion back to Division 1 after being out of the top flight for one year. An excellent job by the lads and the Management Team of Liam Hardy, Martin McKibben and Paddy Hardy. We made hard work of it against a…

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RGU Notes And Match Report

THE Senior men put in a workmanlike performance on Friday evening at PTR to secure the points against a stubborn Annaclone team. Although the game was very scrappy throughout  there was no stopping John Connolly who had an outstanding individual performance, scoring a goal and 7 points writes Michael Starkey….

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Ardglass GAC Weekly

Apologies for lack of weekly notes this past few weeks due to technical difficulties and holidays, normal service has resumed writes Paul O’Shea. Games Update.

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Bright GAC Notes

THE U-16 Cillbreactain team had a good win over Loughinisland with a score line of 4-09 to 0-16. Andrew McMenamin was on fine scoring form and with the team playing so well together deserved this win. The U-14’s were away to Bryansford on Monday night but were unfortunate not to…

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