Monthly Archives: April 2013

Newcastle Neighbourhood Police Congratulate Youth Team

A youth team entered by Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team excelled themselves by being first home in the recent Mourne Challenge Adventure on 26 and 27 April. Over 76 teams of six youths between the ages of 13 and 18 took part in the event which was sponsored by Newry and…

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Ardglass To Celebrate 200th Anniversary Of Its Harbour

ARDGLASS today is one of the leading fishing ports on the east coast of Down and has a very interesting historical past. And later in June there will be a week-long village celebration to mark this key date in Ardglass’ history. Local historian Michael Howland was approached by the village…

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St Colman’s High School Pupils Help Launch Road Safety Campaign

ENVIRONMENT Minister Alex Attwood today launched a new and challenging DOE road safety advertising campaign. Did you know that each death on the roads costs £1.67 million, each serious injury £187,000 and each slight injury over £14,000? But the human suffering can never be measured. Encouraging road users to “Share the…

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Portaferry RNLI Calls for New Volunteer Crew Members

PORTAFERRY RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service in County Down. The station currently has seventeen lifeboat and two shore crew to cover its inshore service on Strangford Lough but is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Enterprise Zones in Northern Ireland

THE Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed this morning’s speech in the MAC Art Centre by the Secretary of State on the need to make greater progress on establishing local Enterprise Zones in Northern Ireland. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “As an organisation that has long campaigned…

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A Greener View at Newcastle’s Waste Water Treatment Works

REGIONAL Development Minister Danny Kennedy welcomed the introduction of a unique planting programme to ‘green’ up the roof on NI Water’s new £8 million extension to the wastewater treatment works at Newcastle harbour. Using a special process known as hydroseeding, the top of the new fifty metre-long concrete structure has…

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The Down Rose 2013 is Selected

AS the clock stuck midnight on Sunday 28 April, the new Down Rose 2013 was announced in the fairytale setting of The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle. After an entertaining and enjoyable evening with 21 hopefuls taking to the stage wishing to become the ambassador for County Down, the judging…

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Shannon Welcomes New Angling Club in Ards

JIM Shannon, MP for Strangford, has congratulated all of those in the TAGIT Fishing Club located just behind the wildfowlers ground at Crawfordsburn Road, Newtownards. Mr Shannon said: “The new club has done considerable environmental work around the three acre lake with new paths right around the lake. Yhere are…

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Fishing Disaster To Be Marked in Newcastle Tribute

ON Sunday 19 May 2013, a commemorative plaque will be unveiled marking the loss of 73 men from Newcastle, Annalong and the Mourne area in a disaster at sea several miles from Newcastle in 1843. The unveiling of the plaque which will be near the Harbour in Newcastle, and it…

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Human Trafficking Awareness Discussed by PCSP

At a recent meeting of the Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), members discussed the Crimestoppers campaign to highlight human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour and domestic servitude. PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Carmel O’Boyle said: “Human Trafficking is a very serious and horrible crime.  The PCSP would like…

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Lough Lively to Brighten Up the Early Summer Months

Lough Lively, the annual summer festival celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of  Strangford Lough and Lecale, once again begins on Wednesday 1 May running through to Monday 3 June 2013 with an array of exciting events. Down District Council in partnership with Ards Borough Council have produced a feast of over…

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500 Teens Tackle the Mournes In A Big Adventure

OVER sixty teams of intrepid teens geared up for a weekend of adventure in the majestic Mournes, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April. As dawn broke Kilbroney and Tollymore camp sites were filled with the sound of excited teenagers from across Northern Ireland.  All from different communities and backgrounds, they all…

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Bread Festival Ready to Rise to the Occasion at Castle Ward

U105THE International Bread Festival is back at Castle Ward, County Down after the success of last year’s event which welcomed a huge gathering of food lovers to the shores of Strangford Lough. Celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn will be showcasing Irish bread skills on Saturday 25 May at the landmark National Trust property.  Meanwhile…

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Arrests After Cannabis Find in Seaforde

DETECTIVES in the Downpatrick have uncovered a cannabis factory following a planned search of a house in the Seaforde area of Downpatrick shortly before 6pm last night Sun 28 April.  A quantity of cannabis plants with an approximate street value of almost £30,000, along with other cultivating paraphernalia were seized….

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Police Appeal after Castlewellan Car Theft

POLICE  in Newcastle are appealing for information following the theft of a vehicle from the Clonvaraghan Road area of Castlewellan on Sunday 20 April. Sometime between 1:30-2:15pm, a black coloured Toyota Rav 4 was stolen without the keys.  A vehicle matching its description was last seen a short time later travelling in the direction of Dromara….

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