Monthly Archives: March 2013

Life Is Amazing – Pass It On

  ‘Life’s amazing. Pass it on’ – that’s the message from a new organ donation campaign launched by Health Minister Edwin Poots. The campaign aims to encourage more people to join the organ donor register in Northern Ireland. The Life’s amazing. Pass it on campaign will see the organ donation…

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Bowel Cancer – Don’t Sit on Your Symptoms

IN the mid-Down area approximately 50 people are diagnosed and 18 die from bowel cancer every year. To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April leading, local cancer charity Action Cancer is encouraging men and women across Northern Ireland to seek advice immediately if they experience any signs and symptoms…

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O’Neill Announces 2013 Single Application Process

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that the 2013 Single Application Form (SAF) process is now underway. The Minister is urging farmers to make full use of their most up to date maps and available online resources when completing their applications. The SAF process has been in operation since 2005…

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Portaferry RNLI Respond To Emergency Flares

PORTAFERRY RNLI launched late yesterday evening (Wednesday 27 March) to reports that red flares had been sighted off Kircubbin in County Down. The weather at the time of the launch was calm with good visibility but extremely cold. A Police helicopter joined the search for some time and a Coast Guard…

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Newcastle Beach Fails Water Quality Tests Says Alliance

Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has called on Down District Council to step in and address the continuing water quality problem at Newcastle beach. The local beach was the only one of Northern Ireland’s 23 beaches that failed to meet European standards for bathing, after research carried out by the Marine…

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Local Artist Commissioned to Make Beyond Award

County Down artist Mark Revels has been commissioned to make this year’s Beyond Business Award. Getting a sneak peek at the coveted prize are Trevor Scott (Walter Watson, Awards Sponsor) and Vicki Maguire (Beyond Business Outreach Officer). Mark is the is the latest artist to put his personal stamp on the…

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SDLP Meet Planners Over Oaklee Newcastle Development

SOUTH Down MLA Seán Rogers and Newcastle area Councillor Eamonn O’Neill have met with the Planning Service in regarding  the planning application for social housing at Donard Street, Newcastle. Mr Rogers said: “We had a good meeting with the Planning Service as it gave me a further opportunity to stress…

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Ritchie Calls for Clarification on Farmers’ Aid Scheme

SOUTH Down SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie, who is a member of the House of Commons Scrutiny Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has welcomed the funding package from the Northern Ireland Executive for farmers hard hit by the cold weather crisis but urged the Executive to move quickly to…

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Ards Businesses Learn To Thrive in Downturn

Businesses from across Ards and North Down Borough Councils attended a breakfast networking and information event, at the SIGNAL Centre of Business Excellence, North Down Borough Council, Bangor, on 28 March.  The event, organised by PLATO East Border Region, provided small and medium sized enterprises with the opportunity to discover how…

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Ards Entrepreneurs Encouraged To ‘Franchise-It’

Businesses and individuals in Ards are being encouraged to explore the opportunities of franchising in the second-wave of a dedicated programme, ‘Franchise It’. The ‘Franchise It’ programme will provide information, advice and guidance on what’s available using the franchising business model, highlighting that franchises enjoy a 91% success rate, find…

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The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc La passion de Jeanne d’Arc Ulster Hall Reviewed by George Fleeton © 2013 For the third year in a row, the Ulster Hall’s Mulholland Grand Organ, in the hands of Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, underscored the screening of a classic European film…

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Enjoy the Free April Talks at Down County Museum

Down County Museum’s series of PEACE III funded talks on crime and punishment in the past and present continues with two talks scheduled for April. On Wednesday 10 April, Hugh Forrestor, Curator of the PSNI Museum will present ‘Policing in Context: The Controversial History of Policing in Ireland‘. This talk…

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O’Neill Announces Aid for Weather Stricken Farmers.

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill this afternoon (Friday 29 March) announced that the Executive had responded positively to her call for financial assistance for farmers in the areas worst affected by the snow storm last weekend. She indicated her Department would meet the cost to farmers of collection and disposal of…

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New Scheme to Help SMEs Get Funding

NI Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today (28 March) announced a new initiative by Invest Northern Ireland to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access funding. The Finance Voucher initiative will provide support to businesses to access professional help to prepare funding proposals. Speaking about the initiative Arlene Foster said: “Having…

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Two Extraordinary One-Man Plays for the Lyric

AS Easter approaches the Lyric offers a feast of theatrical talent with a double helping of two very different one-man shows. The Danske Bank Stage will be blessed until 20 April with the unbelievably talented Simon Callow who stars in the world premiere of The Man Jesus which previews from this weekend….

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