Monthly Archives: May 2014

Portaferry RNLI Volunteers Launch Four Times In 24 Hours

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to four separate calls for help in a 24-hour period (Thursday 29 May). The first call was received at 6.07pm to help four people on board a small power boat which was experiencing engine problems near Church Point in the Strangford Narrows area of Strangford Lough County…

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Histories and Mysteries Of The Downshire Hospital Revealed In New Production

The Downshire Hospital in Downpatrick and the lives of the patients and staff that called it home, will be the focus of a brand new production by Belfast-based Wireless Mystery Theatre and Down Arts Centre, The Down Chorus, which will take place in the old hospital from Friday 13 – Tuesday…

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Saintfield Boy Racers Shown Yellow Card By Police

Local police are sending a clear message to so-called ‘boy racers’ that they need to act responsibly when they get behind the wheel of a car or face the consequences. The warning comes after police received a number of complaints in relation to ‘boy racers’ in the Saintfield area recently. Police…

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Retail Development Will Strengthen Newry As Key Retail Hub

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt and Newry and Mourne MLA Dominic Bradley have welcomed planning approval for a mixed use development in Newry which they say will be a boost to the area and strengthen its position as an important retail hub. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has approved planning…

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Down District Actively Supporting 2014 Community Relations Week

Down District is supporting Community Relations Week 2014 and its theme ‘Building a United Community’ with events planned as part of some 170 happening across Northern Ireland from 16 to 22 June. Community Relations Week is organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC) and includes events run by local councils, public bodies, schools,…

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Down District Proud To Hold Unique Food Conference In Ballynahinch

The market town of Ballynahinch, County Down, will shortly play host to a unique conference  bringing artisan and smaller local food companies in Northern Ireland (NI) together with government policy makers, opinion formers and key decision makers to examine their role in NI’s food sector. The ‘LOCAL FOOD: Making Small…

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Downpatrick Saul Street Fire Came Close To Claiming LIves

An arson attack in flats in Saul Street in Downpatrick almost ended in at least one fatality. Around 2.00am on Friday morning, someone took a wheelie bin from behind McLaughlin Building on the Saul Road and took it through the front door and set it alight adjacent to a ground…

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SCUBA Safari Uncovers Spectacular Slugs In Strangford Lough

Last week an international group of 15 divers gathered in Strangford Lough to hunt for a strange quarry……nudibranchs. These colourful frilly creatures are the hidden beauties of our local seas. They come in pink, green, orange, and every colour of the rainbow, and they are everywhere. But even in such…

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Take Part In Performing Arts This Summer With Annie In Downpatrick

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Ritchie Welcomes Resurfacing On Slievegrane Road In Downpatrick

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that sections of the Slievegrane Road, Downpatrick, will be resurfaced before the end of July 2014. Ms Ritchie said: “I had been in contact with Roads Service to highlight the condition of this rural road, which is well utilised, especially during the…

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SERC Newcastle Campus To Host Enrolment Evening

There is an enrolment session for part- time courses starting in September in South Eastern Regional College (SERC) on the Castlewellan Road, Newcastle on Tuesday3 June from 3pm – 7pm. There is a variety of courses on offer from recreational to courses offering career opportunities. Most courses have reduced rates…

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SERC Ballynahinch Campus Open Day

Thinking about doing a course? Want to gain new skills or just learn more about your favourite hobby? South Eastern Regional College’s Ballynahinch Campus, is having an advice and enrolment day on Thursday 5 June 2014 which will take place from 10am – 2pm. Staff will be on hand to…

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Foster Says Local Companies Can Benefit From European R&D And Innovation Funding Programmes

Local companies can benefit from European R&D and innovation funding programmes says DETI Minister Arlene Foster. Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Foster today encouraged local companies to get involved in the EU’s financing programme for R&D and innovation. Horizon 2020 will provide nearly €80billion in funding for research and innovation…

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Annaclone Beaten By The Bryansford Brannigan Boot

ACFL Division 1. Annaclone 0-12  Bryansford 0-14 This match proved to be an entertaining and exciting battle in which the Ford just about squeezed through writes Michael McCartan. In a game, in which both sides scrambled half their points from frees, Annaclone fought their way back from a five point…

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Don’t Miss This Unforgettable Night Of Laughs At The Lyric

Back by popular demand, this saucy comedy about sex, sectarianism and super-heroes returns to the Lyric in June after a triumphant run in the Naughton Studio last year. Directed by Game of Thrones and Suits star Conleth Hill, Can’t Forget About You tells the hilarious story of a young Belfast man who falls in love with…

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