Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pupils Enjoy Police Fun Day at Knockevin School

IT was all fun and games at Knockevin School this afternoon as the PSNI arrived for a fun day in the back yard. Four police vehicles were there – a 1220RT BMW motorbike, a mobile police jail, a Landrover and a vehicle from the Tactical Support Group that has been involved…

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Assess to Life-Saving Vaccines Essential Says Ritchie

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has asked the UK Secretary of State for Health to include the newly licensed meningitis B vaccine on the NHS. Speaking following Health Questions in Westminster, Ms Ritchie said: “Every year parents across the north of Ireland are confronted with the horrifying impact of meningitis, which…

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High Air Pollution Monitored in Down

HIGH levels of air pollution (particulate matter) are currently being monitored in the Newry area, with moderate levels in the Armagh, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and North Down areas. Moderate levels of nitrogen dioxide are also currently being monitored in the Ballymena and Dungiven areas. This localised air pollution is likely to…

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Police Say Knockevin Pupils Saved by Seatbelts

FOLLOWING the road traffic collision on the Vianstown road (Tuesday 26 Feb) around 9am in which 12 young school children from Knockevin School in Dowpatrick escaped serious injury, police are keen to remind motorists of the importance of making sure their passengers wear their safety belts. “We are extremely fortunate…

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Downpatrick SERC Student Katie Tumelty Flying High

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Travel and Tourism student Katie Tumelty has recently completed an exciting one week’s Director Shadowing Scheme at the George Best Belfast City Airport. Downpatrick girl Katie, who received the unique opportunity through the Institute of Directors and Ulster Bank, was successful in her application from applicants…

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Ulster Orchestra: Film Night

Ulster Orchestra: Film Night Reviewed by George Fleeton  © 2013 The encore, given at the end of the Ulster Orchestra’s Film Night Concert in the Waterfront Hall Belfast on February 23, was Ritchie Valens’ Chicano-rock version of La Bamba. I grew up with that La bamba and can vividly remember when Valens was killed, age 17,…

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Irish Language Week for Castlewellan

Glór Uachtar Tíre is running a number of exciting events to celebrate Irish language Week/Seachtain na Gaeilge in Castlewellan. Despite the name, ‘Irish Language Week’ or Seachtain na Gaeilge, this international event is actually celebrated the fortnight preceding St Patrick’s Day every year! And the local Irish language group, Glór…

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McCausland Says Welfare Reform To Create Winners and Losers

THE Department for Social Development has published the first in a series of reports which show the potential impact of Welfare Reform on local people across the Province. The reports released today (Wednesday 27 February) which are based on the latest available data, examine for the first time how the…

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Join in the Ballyhornan Fun Day Planning

LOCAL residents in Ballyhornan have a strong community spirit despite living in difficult environmental conditions following the withdrawal of RAF Bishopscourt in the early nineties. Now they have decided to orgaise a major fun day and fundraiser. Geraldine McMullan, resident, said: “We have some good news on how to help…

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Drumlins Helps Promote World Book Day

Junior Assembly Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann yesterday (27 February) joined pupils at Drumlins Integrated Primary School in Ballynahinch to celebrate their Book Week event. The Junior Ministers were at the school to encourage the pupils to read more as part of a series of events held to celebrate…

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Michael Longley Begins City Conversations Series at the Lyric

ONE of Belfast’s literary giants, the award-winning poet Michael Longley, will take to the stage of the Lyric Theatre this Sunday (3 March) as part of a celebration of the city’s 400th anniversary. Recipient of a string of literary awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal for…

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Update on Ballynahinch Attack: Two Charged

Two men aged 26 and 30 have been charged with aggravated burglary with intent to steal, attempted hijacking, grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence. They are expected to appear before Bangor Magistrates Court this morning, Wednesday 27 February….

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Minister Welcomes Progress at Agriculture Council

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the constructive dialogue on CAP reform and beef mislabelling at yesterday’s EU Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels. The Minister said: “Before the Council meeting, I had a very useful discussion with Ministers from England, Scotland and Wales on our CAP reform priorities as the negotiations…

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The Flying Dutchman – a Review by George Fleeton

The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Hollӓnder). A review by George Fleeton. It was a pleasure, after two years, to attend my first Northern Ireland Opera production, in the Grand Opera House Belfast, on February 15. The opera was Richard Wagner’s nautical fantasy, and his fourth work, The Flying Dutchman, which was…

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Margaret Ritchie MP Hosts Visit of Secretary of State

SPEAKING after NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers MP visited  Downpatrick, which concentrated on the St Patrick sites and the early Christian heritage trail, Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down, said: “I am very pleased that the Secretary of State accepted my invitation to visit South Down. On this visit, as…

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