Monthly Archives: January 2013

All Systems Go For The St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade

THE St Patrick’s Day Cross Community Carnival Parade in Downpatrick on Sunday 17 March is once again one of the highlights of Down District Council’s annual St Patrick’s Day Celebrations. The parade will start at 2.30pm and the event will be a colourful procession of floats, performers, people in fancy dress, entertainment,…

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Local Businesses Start on Road to IiP Accreditation

SIX local companies have taken the first steps in their journey towards achieving the prestigious ‘Investors in People’ (IiP) Award, with the support of Down District Council, the Department for Employment and Learning and ES Consultants. Representatives from each of the participating companies: Kane Heating Limited, Saints Gourmet Food, EcoSeeds, Alternative…

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New Anti-Burglary Advertising Campaign Launched

CLOSE, lock and check all windows and doors is the straight-from-the-shoulder advice from Police. If followed, it could prevent thousands of domestic burglaries across Northern Ireland every year, many of them opportunistic in nature. According to information recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in up to half of all…

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Latest Environmental Indicators Released For North

THE fifth Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report has been released today (31 January 2013), with 61 environmental indicators focusing on eight key themes, ranging from biodiversity to waste management. The indicators show changes in aspects affecting our environment, everything from our changing attitude towards the environment, trends in seal and…

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Fuel Duty Reduction Is Possible Says Hazzard

CHRIS Hazzard, South Down Sinn Féin MLA, has said that transferring fuel duty powers to the Executive and adopting a policy in keeping with the local economy could save the North millions of pounds a year that could be put towards a fuel duty reduction. Mr Hazzard added: “There is an…

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Go See the The Sound of Music in Downpatrick

Go See The Sound of Music in Downpatrick Performed by the St Patrick’s Choral Society

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Enjoy St Valentine’s Weekend Events at Down Arts Centre

DOWN Arts Centre has three fantastic events lined up for Valentine’s weekend. Come and dance to the music of the swinging 1930’s and 40’s with Swingabella’s Sweetheart’s Tea Dance on Friday 15 February at 6pm. On Saturday 16 February at 8pm Maiden Voyage Dance will present a very male take on dance in Manifesto and on Sunday 17 February at…

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Last Chance for Businesses to Take-up Subsidised Beyond Support

THE  Beyond Programme is calling on all businesses located across Down District to take advantage of part subsidised mentoring support.  The deadline to request mentoring assistance through the current Beyond Programme is this Friday 1 February 2013. Existing businesses can tap into mentoring support and advice across 12 business categories.  Down District…

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Listings at the Lyric Theatre

Mixed Marriage Date/Time: 30 Jan – 23 February 2013; various times; Danske Bank Stage Description: Kickstarting the Lyric’s Belfast Season of plays to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary is this poetic tragedy by St. John Ervine which dissects class and sectarianism in Ireland before partition. Cost: £10 – £24; Belfast season…

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Simon Callow Headlines Lyric Spring/Summer Season

Star of stage and screen Simon Callow headlines Lyric Theatre’s Spring/Summer season Good heavens! World-renowned actor Simon Callow headlines a packed programme of plays, events and concerts at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast with his own one-man show playing Jesus. Simon Callow – famous for his Royal Shakespeare performances and…

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Hazzard Welcomes Bovine TB Tests

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard, a member of the NI Assembly Agriculture Committee, has welcomed the beginning of a trial aimed at eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis from the cattle and badger population. Mr. Hazzard said: “I welcome the progressive approach taken by the Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill in not only protecting…

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Ardglass Sailability Club Being Formed

A new group is in the process of forming in Ardglass to provide recreational sailing opportunities for people including the disabled. At a recent meeting in the Ardglass Community Centre attended by a number of interested persons, it was agreed that a sailing group steering committee be set up under…

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Way Forward For CSI is Through Consensus – Ruane

SOUTH Down Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane, has said that the way forward on the Cohesion, Sharing and Integration strategy (CSI) is to achieve consensus on the complex issues that remain unresolved. Speaking in the Assembly, Ms Ruane said: “It is everyone’s belief that need to get the CSI strategy right….

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Foster Homes Urgently Needed for Children Aged 7-12

WITH a rise in the number of children coming into care in Northern Ireland, HSC Trusts are urging more caring people to come forward in 2013 to provide vulnerable children with foster homes. A spokesperson for the South Eastern HSC Trust said: “There is particular need for more foster families…

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Census 2011: Key Statistics

THE Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has today released further results from the 2011 Census, which was held on 27 March 2011. In December 2012, NISRA published wide ranging statistical profiles of Northern Ireland’s 26 Local Government Districts, covering demography, identity, health, housing, educational qualifications, labour market activity,…

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