Monthly Archives: June 2014

Police Appeal After Lifebelts Are Removed In Newcastle

While out on patrol in Newcastle on the evening of Friday 27 June, officers from the local Neighbourhood Team noticed that two life belts had been taken from their stands at the Shimna River in the Main Street area of the town. One of the belts was discovered a short…

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Businesses Benefit From InnovateUs Programme

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry today commended businesses who gained a qualification having participated in the InnovateUs Employer Support Programme (ESP). The event at South Eastern Regional College Lisburn campus recognised the achievements of local businesses through their participation on the skills programme which is funded by the…

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Sizzling Summer Entertainment In Newcastle

The annual Newcastle Summer Season programme gets off to a dramatic start this weekend with the Belvoir Player’s production, The Auction in Killybuck which will take place at the Newcastle Centre at 8pm on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July. The Auction in Killybuck, by Louis J Walsh, is set…

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Ardcora Supported Living In Downpatrick Celebrates One Year On

A new supported living service ‘Ardcora’ has been celebrated (Thursday 26 June)  by Health Minister Edwin Poots and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland. The service developed in partnership with the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Mainstay DRP, Housing Executive Supporting People and Triangle Housing Association provides supported living…

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O’Neill Upbeat About Results On CAP And New Rural Development Programme

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today made a series of significant announcements. They involved agreement on CAP reform, the new Rural Development Programme and the agri food strategy report ‘Going for Growth’. The Minister expressed her satisfaction that the Executive has reached agreement on the remaining CAP implementation…

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Ritchie Calls For Home Office Probe After Chinese SOS Letter Found In Trousers

Margaret Ritchie, SDLP MP for South Down, has called on the Home Office to investigate following a report alleging trousers bought in Belfast contained a cry-for-help letter claiming workers were enduring slave labour conditions in the Chinese prison where they were manufactured. Ms Ritchie stated: “If proved genuine, this shocking…

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McKevitt Says Further Improvements At Dangerous Junction Needed

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has said that “the latest accident at the A2 junction with the Old Warrenpoint Road, which sadly resulted in the death of a Newry woman, authorities must ficus on implementing further improvements at this dangerous junction.” Ms McKevitt was speaking after convening a meeting…

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Lions 1974 Rugby Legends Open Playroom At Children’s Cancer Facility In Newcastle

1974 Lions rugby legends Willie John McBride and JPR Williams along with fellow members of the Wooden Spoon Charity were on hand for the opening of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s playroom at Daisy Lodge recently in Newcastle, County Down. The Wooden Spoon donated £54k to the leading…

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Ballynahinch Police Appeal After Note Left On Car At Local Lake

Police in Ballynahinch are appealing for information following an incident in the Dunmore Road area of Spa on Sunday 22 June. Sometime between 10:30am and 11am, a note with explicit language was left on the car of a woman who had parked at a picnic spot in the area while…

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Hazzard Welcomes Moves To Reform Licensing Laws

South Down MLA Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin) has welcomed a move by the assembly to bring forward a bill on liquor licensing reform in the north of Ireland. Mr. Hazzard said that the South Down area, particularly holiday destinations, would benefit greatly from the reform. Speaking following the announcement, Mr.Hazzard…

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Langley Road Group Enjoy Battle Of Boyne Site Visit

Members of Langley Road Residents Association have enjoyed a study visit to the Battle of the Boyne site and museum in Drogheda. The Ballynahinch-based group travelled to the historic location on a trip facilitated by the EU Peace III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme, a unique partnership between…

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SERC Inspire Next Generation Entrepreneurs

A creative group of ambitious students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have put their enterprise skills to the test by setting up their very own SERC student company, which has unleashed their inner-entrepreneur. Thanks to SERC’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme, and with the help of Commercial Mentor, Geraldine Boden,…

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Devlin Expresses Concern Over Downe A&E Impasse

Mournes Councillor Laura Devlin has expressed her deep concern about the delivery of the Accident and Emergency services at the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick. She said, ”Six months on from when the 27/7 service was cut, we still find ourselves in a situation with a substandard service at Downe’s Accident…

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Grainne McGlynn Boosts Her Entrepreneurial Skills

Enthusiastic foundation degree student Grainne McGlynn from Carryduff is gaining a unique insight into conferencing and banqueting at The Wellington Park Hotel thanks to her placement opportunity, part of her Foundation Degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events studied at South Eastern Regional College (SERC). Following a rigorous selection by The…

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Down Business Centre Calls For Mentors For New Beyond Programme

Down Business Centre, Downpatrick, Calls For Mentors For The Beyond Programme A second phase of the Beyond Programme will be running shortly and a bank of skilled mentors is required.

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