Monthly Archives: August 2013

Clarke Welcomes Improvements To Murlough Nature Reserve

ALLIANCE Newcastle area Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed recent improvements and repairs to Murlough Nature Reserve. Councillor Clarke had previously raised concerns with the estates department of the National Trust about the entrance to Murlough at Keel Point. He said: “I welcome that the National Trust have been making improvements…

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Residential Home Run Down Fears Spreading Across North

HEALTH chiefs have been accused of condemning the most vulnerable members of the elderly population and their families to “a living hell” over the way it is continuing to implement admissions to NHS residential care homes. And the leader of the SDLP group on Newry and Mourne Council, Councillor Connaire McGreevy…

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Roll Back Time At Down Museum During European Heritage Open Days

EUROPEAN Heritage Open Days are to be marked at Down County Museum in Downpatrick with special living history presentations which will recreate life in the old gaol. European Heritage Open Days celebrate the wonders of Northern Ireland’s built heritage and uncover some of the unique stories associated with particular buildings…

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Tributes After Death Of Nobel Prize Winning Poet Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) Tributes have been flowing after the famous poet from Derry, Seamus Heaney, passed away today. He was a Nobel prize winner for literature and always liked to be known as a Derry man. He was a towering figure in the modern poetry, and highly respected…

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Ladies Day at Downpatrick August Bank Holiday Race Meeting

Check out the photos on Down News Facebook – just click on the link below. Down News at the Downpatrick Races

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Gribben Concerned With Poor Roads Maintenance In Drumaroad

COUNCILLOR  Paul Gribben (Sinn Féin) has said he is seriously concerned that Roads Service are neglecting small rural villages throughout Down District in an effort to save money. Councillor Gribben said: “I recently participated in a village walk-about with my Sinn Féin colleague Chris Hazzard MLA in Drumaroad. “I was shocked…

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Finance Minister Says RPA Is A Reality

FINANCE  Minister Simon Hamilton MLA addressed a seminar in Belfast organised by CIPFA NI on the topic of ‘The Future of Local Government in NI’. Mr Hamilton used his speech to encourage local government to embrace the exciting opportunities that RPA presents to shape the social and economic future of…

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Hamilton Welcomes Positive Economic News After Ballynahinch Pubs of Ulster Meeting

FINANCE  Minister Simon Hamilton recently discussed local economic conditions and the challenges facing the hospitality sector and pub trade with representatives from Pubs of Ulster at the Primrose Bar in Ballynahinch. Speaking after the meeting, Simon Hamilton said: “The hospitality sector is an extremely important part of our local economy and is…

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Kilclief Man Wins Recycler of The Month Prize

Recycler of the Month Congratulations go to Eamon Quinn from Kilclief who is Down District Council’s ‘Recycler of the Month’ and wins a £50 prize courtesy of DOE. Eamon is congratulated by the Council general operatives (L-R) Paul Bell and Marty Taggart for having a flawless blue bin with no…

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Sinn Féin Youth Host Suicide Awareness Soccer Tournament

THEREwas no shortage of competitiveness on Saturday the 24 August when the Leo O’Hanlon Sinn Féin Republican Youth Committee held a suicide awareness 5-aside football tournament in Castlewellan. The tournament, organised with the support of PIPS sought to bring together both young and old under the banner of suicide awareness, and to raise…

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O’Dowd Gives Additional £10million For School Maintenance

EDUCATION Minister John O’Dowd today announced a boost of £10million for schools’ maintenance. The additional funding brings the total allocation for maintenance to £47million for this financial year. Speaking about the additional funding, Minister O’Dowd said: “I have regularly highlighted the need for continued investment in the schools estate to support…

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Going Green On Going Back To School

DURING September parents and students can help reduce the environmental impact of the back to school rush by considering the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) when stocking up on supplies for the new term. DOWN District Council’s Environment Committee Chairman Councillor William Dick said: “We must encourage a younger generation to…

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Aughlisnafin GAC Notes

AUGHLISNAFIN U12’s finished their East Down Division 3 on a high with a superb win over the league winners Drumaness at St Colmans Park. The ‘Fin had led from the front for most of the season after defeating Drumaness back in April also but came unstuck over the holiday period…

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Kilcoo Get Edge Over Bryansford

Kilcoo 2-6 – 0-10 Bryansford Match report by Peter McGrath Jnr TWO goals early in the second half proved to be the determining scores in this local derby match. Having trailed by two points at the interval, Kilcoo came out more eager and hungry than their opponents and within five…

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Warrenpoint Firm Targets Renewable Energy Market

NuTech Renewables, based in Warrenpoint, has benefited from Invest Northern Ireland’s Innovation Voucher scheme to produce its patented and award winning solar heating system for the renewable energy market in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.  The Co. Down firm’s Solar Enhanced Ventilation System is targeted at domestic and…

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