Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ritchie Calls On UK Government To Ensure Protections From Ebola Virus

South Down MP  Margaret Ritchie has called on the UK government to make sure adequate protections are in place to ensure that the Ebola virus does not enter or spread throughout the UK. Ms Ritchie has submitted Parliamentary questions to the UK Health Secretary on this and commented: “In an increasingly…

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McNarry Disappointed At Parades Commission Determination

UKIP’s Northern Ireland leader David McNarry MLA has expressed disappointment at the recent parades commission determination in relation to the annual Red Hand Defenders band parade in Downpatrick. By coincidence the date for the bands annual parade falls on Monday 4 August 2014,  the centenary of the outbreak of the…

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Ballyhornan Residents Protest Over New Sewage Scheme

DOWN Councilor Cadogan Enright joined Ballyhornan Residents Association leaders in a recent protest outside the new Ballyhornan sewage scheme this week as local residents have labeled the scheme as “far too little far too late”. Residents representative Barry Mervyn said: “NI Water are telling us that the standards set by…

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Percy French Tribute Returns To Newcastle

This weekend as Newcastle celebrates the Festival of Flight, the Newcastle Summer Season celebrates the life and work of the songwriter that made the town famous, with the return of Percy French – The Last Troubadour presented by the Donard Theatre Group and Newcastle Glee Singers on Friday 8 August…

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Shannon Says Postmen Must Be Protected From Animal Attacks

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, has raised awareness of the dog attacks on Royal Mail delivery staff. Mr Shannon has attended events at Westminster to highlight the issue. He said: “Here in the Ards area there have been thirty dog attacks on postmen in the last twelve months and each…

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Down County Manager Wee James Macartan Calls It A Day

The Down manager has decided to call it a day. After a five year spell at the helm of the Red and Black, James Macartan has bowed out following a number of under par performances from the side. Wee James came close to glory at Croke Park in 2010 in…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Seeks Resolution To Ballaghbeg Refuse Collection Issue

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has said he is hopeful in finding a solution to overflowing bins caused as a result of refuse trucks having difficulty getting access to Ballaghbeg Park in Newcastle due to parked cars regularly blocking their path. Cllr Clarke said: “I have received a number of complaints…

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Ennis Says Annual Flag Festooning Is Intimidating

The annual festooning of flags in the Granite View and Orchard Bar area is “more to do with Intimidating and provoking” says Newry and Mourne Councillor Sinead Ennis. She said: “The annual festooning of flags and emblems is interpreted by many of the local residents there as nothing to do…

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East Down AC Notes for 26 July And Snowden Report

SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RACE East Down’s Catherine O’Connor was again on international duty last weekend in Wales for the 2014 Snowdon Mountain Race and continues to impress.  Due to the threat of lightning strikes the race was cut short for the first time in its 39 year history but Catherine put…

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Mourne Heritage Youth Volunteers Learn About Navigation

Mourne Heritage Youth rangers learned a new skill this week… Mountain Navigation. Alan Whitcroft, MHT Volunteer Co-ordinator, explained how to read a four figure grid reference and a six figure grid reference using ‘eastings and northings’ and the benefits of romer scale. Alan also explained their significance and accuracy… a…

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Downpatrick And Ballynahinch Residents Meet Through Bric

Residents’ associations from Downpatrick and Ballynahinch have been brought together in a ground-breaking cross community engagement evening. Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme, the event saw representatives from Downpatrick Community Collective and Ballynahinch based Langley Road Community Association join to discuss their experiences…

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Coney Island Forms Community Association

The residents of Coney Island have formed a local community association to address some of the issues they have been faced with in recent years. Almost every resident in Coney Island turned out for the inaugural meeting of the new community association. An executive committee was proposed including Kevin Lappin,…

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Ballywalter Flute Band Performs In Next Summer Concert

Ballywalter flute band performs in the next free concert at Lemon’s Wharf, Donaghadee this Sunday (3 August). Organised by Ards Borough Council, the now annual series of free afternoon concerts which aim to attract visitors to local towns on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy some music and bring additional trade…

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New Area Commander For Down Police

Chief Inspector Gillian West has been appointed as the new Area Commander for Down. Chief inspector West takes up the post on 4 August, replacing Chief Inspector Bones who is moving to a position within the PSNI’s Service Improvement Department. Commenting on her new role, Chief Inspector West said: “I…

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Get Your Eyes On The Skies Over Newcastle For The Festival Of Flight

The world famous Red Arrows will make a welcome return visit to the skies over Newcastle on Saturday 9 August, trailing clouds of coloured smoke and glory, headlining the biggest ever B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight. Looking forward to the excitement, Councillor William Walker, Chairman of Down District Council, said:…

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