Monthly Archives: September 2012

Death of Jim Miskimmin Shocks Down District

THE sudden death of  well-known Ballynahinch freelance photographer and driving instructor Jim Miskimmin last Thursday morning in Killyleagh has come as a shock to the Down community.  Jim had been unwell for some time over the past year but continued on bravely working despite  his difficulties. I first met Jim…

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Ardglass Enjoy Convincing Victory Over Larne Tech

NAFL PREMIER LEAGUE… League Match.  Ardglass 4  Larne Tech 1 Ardglass were back in form as visitors Larne Tech who were also promoted to the Premier League this season were put through a grueling early season test. The match started off with Ricky Kerr breaking through Larne defense and taking…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Island Park Repairs

NEWCASTLE  Sinn Fein Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed proposed repairs at the Islands Park in Newcastle. The works have been incorporated into the Council Building and Estates maintenance schedule. Councillor Clarke said: “I wish to commend Down District Council staff for there response in authorising the work undertaken. “I raised a number…

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PCSP To Apply for Funds from Criminal Compensation Scheme

THE new Down Policing and Community Partnership is gearing itself up for an important funding opportunity. At its monthly meeting held in the Baptist Church in Ballynahinch (on Wednesday 26 September), it was agreed to apply again to this fund to help bolster local groups and the work of the…

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Support the Coffee Morning at the RGU for Macmillan

COME along to the RGU Downpatrick on Saturday 29 September and support the Macmillan Cancer Support coffee get together The vent runs from 2-5 pm and so why not bring along a friend and support this worthy cause. There will be a raffle from prizes dontaed by local businesses said…

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Workshop Helps Parents Address Teenagers’ Tough Issues

NEW workshops addressing mental and sexual health to help parents support their children through their teenage years has been launched by staff across the five Health and Social Care Trusts along with Lisburn YMCA. Talking to your Children about Tough Issues (TATI) is a three session workshop for parents providing…

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Down PCSP to Fund Key Community Projects

MEMBERS of Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have agreed to provide support to another seven local community groups who are rolling out projects that promote safer communities. The multi-agency Partnership met recently in the Baptist Church, Ballynahinch, to discuss the main safety concerns within the District and to…

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Ruane Calls for Support for Paediatric Cardiac Care Consultation

AS the campaign for the Chldren’s Heartbeat Trust consultation gatheres momentum, Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has called on people to participate in the consultation on the future of paediatric cardiac care services at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Ms Ruane said: “The future of paediatric cardiac surgery is a very serious…

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Business Administration Talk at Beyond Coffee Morning

BUSINESSES across Down District met at the Beyond Coffee Morning in the Downpatrick Cricket Club on their monthly networking session and enjoyed a presentation from Jane Waugh on the subject of transforming office efficiency. The business representatives had a chance to introduce their businesses to the group in a 60…

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O’Neill Welcomes Industry-led All-island Approach on Animal Health

PROGRESS has bee made on improving farm animal health on the island of Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between industry-led animal health bodies.

Animal Health and Welfare NI and Animal Health Ireland have been set up to tackle diseases that impact…

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Alliance Welcome 40mph Speed Signs in Castklewellan

ALLIANCE Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the erection of new 40mph speed warning signs along Mill Hill in Castlewellan and in Annsborough. Councillor Patrick Clarke said: “I welcome the erection of new 40mph speed warning signs by DRD Roads Service along the whole section of Mill Hill and in Annsborough.”…

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Rogers Calls for Fairer Treatment for English GCSE Students

SDLP Education Spokesperson and former School Principle Sean Rogers MLA has called on the Minister for Education to ensure local English GCSE students are treated fairly and equally to their counterparts in Wales who have had their work remarked by Examination Boards. Speaking at the Stormont Education Committee (Wednesday 26…

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Downpatrick Man Faces String of Charges over Knockevin School Break-In

A Downpatrick man who has been accused of a number of charges in relation to the break-in at Knockevin Special School last weekend has made his appearance in court in Newtownards today (Wednesday 26 September). The school saw six buses damaged, windows broken, fire extinguishers stolen and the steering lock…

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SERC Host Visit from South Down MLA Chris Hazzard

ON the invitation of SERC Principal Ken Webb, Chris Hazzard, MLA for South Down constituency, recently visited South Eastern Regional College’s Lisburn Campus. During the tour Mr Hazzard met students and spent time talking to them about their course and their plans for the future. Later, he took a tour of the…

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Partnership Approach To Addressing Crime Agreed

THE most senior police officers in C District and members of all four Police and Community Safety Partnerships have held a very productive conference in the Signal Centre, Balloo, Bangor, today (Wednesday 26 Sept). The conference discussed finding new and innovative ways for the police and the community to tackle…

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