Monthly Archives: November 2013

Downpatrick High Cross To Be Protected From The Elements

DOWNPATRICK clergy gathered together  (Thursday 28 November) to mark the move of the 1100 year old Downpatrick High Cross into a protected environment in Down County Museum.   The Cross will be conserved and put on display in a new extension being funded by the Early Christian Heritage strand of…

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Police Warn Of Wave Of Scamsters Across Down

POLICE are advising residents in Down, Ards, Castlereagh, and North Down to continue to be cautious when dealing with unsolicited letters, texts, calls, or emails offering loans or to release money, refund fees, pay lottery wins, or give away holidays and prizes. A  couple reported recently receiving a letter purporting…

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Craig Calls For Re-Introduction Of LOTS Scheme For Town Centres

BALLYNAHINCH Councillor  Garth Craig (DUP) speaking to his motion at the Down District Council full meeting  (Monday 25 November) proposed that the DSD Minister tbe asked to re-introduce a previously successful scheme regarding accomodation above shop premises. The scheme he said could be a significant driver to address the decay facing…

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Walker Proposal To Fly Flags On Designated Days Defeated

IN addressing the chamber at a full Down District Council meeting, Councill0r Billy Walker (DUP) presented his motion and explained “some people may think that my effort to raise this issue  is divisive and sectarian but they are far from the truth. A process of equality has been run by…

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Final Results Of June 2013 Agricultural Census

THE final results of the June 2013 Agricultural Census have been released by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The statistics provide estimates of crop areas, numbers of livestock and of farmers and workers on active farm businesses on the census date of 1 June 2013. The main changes…

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People With Autism Should Be Supported Throughout Their Lives Says Poots

HEALTH MInister Edwin Poots speaking at a confernce in Belfast said: “We must maximise the potential, participation and inclusion of people living with autism throughout their lives and at the same time provide support to their families.” He was giving the opening address at the National Autistic Society’s Conference in…

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Durkan Urges Councils To Prepare For Severe Weather Emergencies

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today called on councils to be prepared for severe weather emergencies. Winters have been very tough over the past years. Faced with the potential of another winter of severe weather, the Minister has written to all councils urging them to ensure that preparations are well…

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Ritchie Says Government Must Back Rural Post Offices

SOUTH Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has asked the UK under-Secretary of State for Business to back rural postal services as she outlined plans for the future of the Post Office in a statement to the House of Commons. Speaking from Westminster Ms Ritchie said: “Rural post offices may not be the…

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Man Presents Himself To Police In Newcastle After Identikit Photo Released

As a result of a media appeal earlier this week about an assault in Newcastle in July, a man has presented himself to police and is assisting detectives with their inquiries. The photo appeal is no longer needed, however, anyone with information about the assault at Down Road/Beach Avenue on 20…

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Great Effort To Fundraise For Charities For The Late Stephen Shannon

Following the inaugural fundraising match for the late Stephen ‘Stig’ Shannon from Downpatrick, his many friends organised and supported a friendly soccer match between the Flying Horse and Model Farm estates in Downpatrick. The match was played at Dunleath Park in Downpatrick on Sunday 10 November. The Model Farm team…

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Blackwater College Pupils Swim English Channel Distance…Twice

TWO pupils at Blackwater College in Downpatrick have made a fantastic effort in aid of a local charity. They have swam an equivalent distance of the English Channel more than two times. The challenge for the Blackwater College pupils began on 9 September 2013 and runs until 1 December 2013….

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SDLP Attend Dublin Briefing On The Undocumented Irish In US

SOUTH Down MLA Séan Rogers (SDLP) and former Assemblyman PJ Bradley represented the SDLP at an All-Party briefing in Leinster House hosted by the Irish American Association. The briefing, held last weekend, was an update on the current situation in Washington regarding immigration reform and the work being done on…

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Rocky Mountain Adventure For Ballygowan Cadet

Just returned from a Canadian adventure of a lifetime is Ballygowan Army Cadet Taylor Gribbon. The Saintfield High School student won a place on an eighteen-day expedition to the Canadian Rockies and Alaska where he met every challenge that the Great Outdoors could provide, from assault rifle training and abseiling; canoeing, cycling and hiking to…

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Scientific Survey Of Lough Erne Pike

Scientific Survey Of Lough Erne Pike  Inland Fisheries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced details of the initial findings of a survey of pike stocks in Lower Lough Erne. In welcoming the report, the Minister said: “In recent years there has been intense interest in the state of pike stocks in…

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Police Alert Over Following Road Traffic Accident On Killyleagh Road, Downpatrick

Police Alert Over Following Road Traffic Accident On Killyleagh Road, Downpatrick The Killyleagh Road in Downpatrick wearlier this evening between Island Road and Wallacehill Road due to a vehicle crash. The Killyleagh Road in Downpatrick has now been re-opened following an earlier one vehicle rtc. One woman has been taken…

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