Monthly Archives: May 2013

Information Points for First Flight Wind

Sinead Maguire from the First Flight Wind Community Liaison Team was on the road this week delivering copies of the ‘Round One Summary Report’ to Pamela Houston, Chief Executive of the Kilkeel Development Association who manage the Nautilus Centre at Kilkeel Harbour. The Nautilus Centre is one of First Flight Wind’s…

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Rogers Takes Burrenreagh PS Fight To Stormont

THE sword still hovers over the future of Burrenreagh Primary School near Castlewellan as the Department of Education’s consultation process is running. It is an anxious time for parents, pupils and staff and the Board of Governors itself. In support of the school’s position, South Down MLA Seán Rogers (SDLP)…

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Castlewellan Show Approaches And Is Now Open For Entries

THE Castlewellan Show is now open for entries across over 300 classes with a deadline of  Wednesday 19 June . Fidelma Carolan explained that Castlewellan Show now has a brand new website aimed at families with a ‘kid’s zone’ as well as the ability to download schedules and entry forms….

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Far From ‘Over The Hill’ Music Collective to Play Arts Festival

Imagine Arts Festival for Older People – the first event of its kind to be held in Northern Ireland – takes place at Belfast Waterfront on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June. This unique two-day event packed with a huge line up of arts events, performances and workshops for the over 50s celebrates older…

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New Guide on Finding a Home for People with a Disability

A new guide to help people with a disability looking for social housing has been produced by the Housing Executive Disability Forum which is facilitated by Disability Action. John McPeake, Housing Executive Chief Executive said: “A person with a disability may have extra requirements when they are looking for a…

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Endellion String Quartet at Portaferry Proms Reviewed

Endellion String Quartet at Portaferry Proms Reviewed by George Fleeton © 2013 A second visit* to Portaferry Proms (May 18) underlined how small music miracles can be conjured up from constrained resources underwritten by excellent volunteer management. Organised by the Friends of Portaferry Presbyterian Church, on their 170 year old premises, the church…

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Do Your Bit for Children in 2013 Asks NSPCC

NSPCC has said that anyone can play a part in helping Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable children and families, highlighting a host of volunteering opportunities across the charity’s services. Marking this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2013) Neil Anderson, head of NSPCC services in Northern Ireland, said that there is an…

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Folk Sensation LAU to Perform in Downpatrick

DOWN Arts Centre  will be buzzing after the announcement that folk phenomenon LAU will perform on Sunday 9 June at 8pm. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well… it’s little wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom.  And they’ve got shelves…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Burrendale Road Repairs

SINN Féin Newcastle area Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed road repairs in a number of areas of the Burrendale Estate, Newcastle. Councillor Clarke said: “Roads Service are carrying out repairs to a number of lane ways that have not been resurfaced since the estate was developed. The improvements to the lanes…

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The Vikings Have Landed For the Strangford Lough Festival

TTHE Strangford Lough Maritime Festival this weekend ( 1-2 June) promises to provide something for all the family. You will experience ferocious Viking battles and their medieval market and enjoy relaxing trips on a traditional wooden boat that takes in Strangford Loughs spectacular natural and built heritage. Learn how for…

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No Fanfare For The New CFP From Co Down Fishing Industry

THE long-awaited review of the Common Fisheries Policy has now been agreed and the local County Down industry has already made a very lukewarm response to the Brussels decision saying that there is much small print to decipher and understand, but real expectations of an improvement for fishing opportunities for…

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The East Down AC Notes

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE The sunkissed surroundings of Antrim Forum on Saturday were in sharp contrast to the monsoon like conditions of a week ago and the warmth of the occasion put a smile on everyone’s face and a spring in the steps of competitors and spectators alike writes Joe Quinn….

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Invest NI’s Newry Business Park is Open for Business

INVEST Northern Ireland has announced the completion of the first phase of the extended business park at Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry. Approximately 20 acres of new serviced land are now available to qualifying businesses. To date, six eligible companies have declared an interest in acquiring sites at the business…

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South Eastern HSC Trust Receives Prestigious UK Gong

 Local Health Trust Named in Top Forty CHKS Trusts in UK THE South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has been named as one of the top 40 acute hospital Trusts in the United Kingdom. The award is given to the 40 top performing CHKS Trusts in the UK and…

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China Offers Opportunities For Local Down Businesses

Robinson and McGuinness say China offers a world of opportunity The First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA today met with Mr Sun Yongfu, Director General, Ministry of Commerce in Beijing. The meeting was arranged to discuss economic and trade opportunities for…

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