Monthly Archives: September 2013

East Down AC Notes

BANGOR 10K Barrie Atkinson improved his placing from 21st to 16th in Saturday’s Bangor Classic 10K road race posting a time of 36.16 and claiming the Over 35 prize in the process writes Joe Quinn. Cheryl Denvir also continued her recent good form to pick up the Ladies Over 35 prize in…

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New Lighting Innovation Comes To Cancer Facility

A short break facility in Newcastle catering to families affected by cancer has become the first building in Northern Ireland to benefit from the added security of Glowroute failsafe lighting. Last month, Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) had the new lighting innovation installed into every room of its…

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Hinch 4’s Too Strong For Clogher Valley 2’s

Ballynahinch 4th XV   45  v  Clogher Valley 2nd XV  12 Daniel Carson reports from Ballymacarn Park Shenanigans aplenty at Ballymacaran Park as Ballynahinch continued their unbeaten start to the season.  The home side started strong and their early pressure was turned in to points by the reliable boot of Matthew Norton. …

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New Friends of Exploris Trust To Keep Aquarium Open

A new Trust is being set up by the Friends of Exploris in response to the threatened closure of one of Northern Ireland’s leading tourist attractions, the Portaferry Exploris aquarium. The Trust aims to ensure that Exploris remains open and hopes to develop proposals for its management and operation, and…

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Schools Take Centre Stage At First Flight Wind Information Days

FIRST Flight Wind, a consortium of  three companies, B9 Energy, DONG Energy and RES, are hoping to build a marine windfarm off the County Down coast, and have recently completed a second round of Information Day events as part of the public consultation process. The sessions were held along the…

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Islandderry Holds Robert Watson Memorial Competition

The annual Robert Watson Memorial Competition took place recently at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore. Aughnacloy angler Thomas Johnston went home £100 richer taking first  place with a three fish bag of 13lbs 13oz. Second place went to Lisburn angler Barry McKibben who proved that you don’t have to be a expert…

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Swan Lake – A Review

Swan Lake – A Review by George Fleeton © 2013 Tchaikovsky, who died 120 years ago in circumstances which still remain unclear, wrote only three classical ballets, all in the final  years of his life, and Swan Lake was the first of these. His reputation as the greatest Russian composer, orchestrator and melodist is undiminished in…

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Rusalka And her New World

Rusalka and her New World George Fleeton   © 2013 ‘I am a creature of the cool waters, and such passion is foreign to me … All is in vain… neither a woman nor a nymph can I be’ (Act 2). For Lyric Opera Productions’ Rusalka (Gaiety Theatre Dublin, September 18, 20 and 21) I…

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RUSALKA

RUSALKA – An Introduction by George Fleeton © 2013 On September 20 I was invited to give the pre-performance Talk, at Lyric Opera Productions’ second night of Dvořák’s 1901 Czech opera Rusalka, in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. This is an extended version of that Talk, written as an Introduction to this opera. *** Rusalka was…

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Get Fitter In Ards As More Options Are Available

More fitness options are on offer at Ards Borough Council’s three leisure centres, with the launch of this autumn’s programme of exercise classes. Kettle Bells, including express 30 minute sessions at Ards Leisure Centre, are now on offer across Ards, Comber and Portaferry, where staff in the sports centre have…

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Police Warn Of Bicycle Thefts in Newcastle

FOLLOWING a recent theft of a bicycle in the Kinghill area of Newcastle, police are urging owners of bicycles to put crime prevention measures in place to protect their property against theft. They say that too many bicycles are left unattended and unsecured across the area. By introducing a few…

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Irish Churches Peace Project Will Help Build Better Future

Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Jonathan Bell today helped launch the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) at Malone House, Belfast. The inter-church project has been set up to develop initiatives that will contribute to a lasting peace. Their vision is to build a peaceful and stable society with a better…

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Blue Badge Delays – Information From The DRD

A new measure has been put in place for Blue Badge holders experiencing delays in renewing their badges. A spokesperson for the Department for Regional Development said: “The Department has a target to inform 95% of applicants for Blue Badges of our decision within 15 working days of receiving valid applications….

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Down County Museum Receives Top Award

DOWN County Museum has recently been awarded full accreditation for its standards in collections care, visitor care, collections management, use of collections and interpretation. The Museums Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK and they are accredited if their standards are deemed to be meeting best…

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Friends of Exploris Give Seal Of Approval For Portaferry Aquarium Reprieve

THE Friends of Exploris have today (Friday 27 September) given their seal of approval expressing their thanks to Ards Borough Council for granting a deferral on the decision to close Exploris Aquarium for two months. The decision signals a good day for Portaferry, Ards Borough Council, the marine environment and Northern…

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