Monthly Archives: August 2014

DYFL Opening Fixtures

Under 15 League Date Time Home Team V Away Team Venue 06/09/2014 11:00am Kilmore Rec v Saintfield Kilmore 2 06/09/2014 11:00am Newcastle v Celtic Bhoys Donard Park 06/09/2014 11:00am Portaferry v Coney Island Strangford 06/09/2014 11:00am Castlewellan Town v Dromara Village Annsborough Under 17 League Date Time Home Team V…

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August Stocking Of Departmental Waters

August Stocking of Departmental Waters The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has stocked the following waters with takeable fish in August 2014; 11 August – Castlewellan – Rainbow Brown Trout – 1000 15 August – Killylane – Brown Trout – 500 18 August – Whitelough – Rainbow Brown Trout…

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Lough Neagh Eels Receives £400,000 From Invest NI And DARD

Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative in Toome is being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland and DARD through the European Fisheries Fund to invest over £400,000 and provide up to five new jobs in processing eels for export. The co-operative, which currently employs 16 people, has received assistance of £121,380 from both…

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South Eastern HSC Trust Provides Free Stress Classes

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists. Sessions were held in the North Down and Ards areas earlier this year and they proved to be extremely successful. The sessions run…

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McCallister Calls For Positive Action From Government On Health Crisis

South Down Independent Unionist John McCallister has warned of catastrophic consequences facing every family in South Down given the current state of our health service. Mr McCallister has called for the NI Executive to get their act together fast and start dealing with the real crisis at hand. He said:…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Completed

A Bracing Start To The Day At Ardglass Harbour As the Ice Bucket Challenge fever groups the country, I was swept up in its grip. I was nominated by Willy McBride from Saul. In the true spirit of the charity event, I had 48 hours to talk the challenge. Thankfully,…

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Enjoy The Newcastle Arts Festival

 The Newcastle Arts Festival got off to a brilliant start last night with a tremendous performance by Downshire Brass in the Annesley Hall. This festival has been going now for four years and has established itself as as an annual ‘must see’ by art lovers. It offers a wide variety…

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SERC Students Excel In Exam Results

Local Down District students from South Eastern Regional College were celebrating their results last week after two years of hard work. This year saw many success stories including that of Connor Murray who received distinctions in his Vehicle Technology (Motorsports) Extended Diploma. Connor now plans to study Competition Car Technology…

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Killinchy Beekeepers Begin AutumnProgramme

Killinchy & District Beekeepers Association has begun their winter programme of meetings with an excellent session this week. Held in their new venue, Andrews Memorial Primary School, a dedicated group of bee-keeping enthusiatsts and beginners came together to learn more about their ancient craft. Valentine Hodges, Killinchy Beekepers chairperson, said:…

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County Down Schools Receive Grant Boost For BT Young Scientist And Technology Exhibition

County Down schools can now benefit from BT’s commitment to support schools across the island of Ireland to enter the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with a £62,500 accommodation grant. Last year four schools from Co. Down availed of the bursary but BT wants to encourage more schools to…

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O’Neill Announces Forestry Public Opinion Survey

Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the publication of a new Public Opinion Survey on forestry. The survey shows strong public support for the forestry programme when it improves the environment and mitigates the effects of climate change, and supports the social use of forests. Many people would like to…

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Red Hand Defenders Band Present Cheque To NICHS

Downpatrick Red Hand Defenders Flute Band present a cheque of £250 to Grace O’Neill, Community & Events Manager, for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. The band raised the funds through a collection they organised in memory of their cherished friend and member Scott Herron.  

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Department Publishes Higher Education Statistics

The Department for Employment and Learning has published the following statistical bulletin: Destinations of Leavers from UK Higher Education Institutions: Northern Ireland analysis 2012/13. NI domiciled students from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). *  Six months after leaving, 56% of NI domiciled full-time leavers were in full-time work, 14% in…

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Probation Team Keep Tyrella Tidy

The Business Planning and Development team from the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) left office duties for the day on 6 August to take on the task of litter picking at Tyrella and Minerstown beaches, facilitated by Volunteer Now and the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful charities. PBNI has encouraged…

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Housing Executive Makes Its Annual Presentation To Down District Council

The Housing Executive has continued its annual round of district council meetings and has made a presentation to Down District Council. This is the final year in which the NI Housing Executive will meet the 26 councils, as they currently exist, following their establishment in 1973. In April 2015 the…

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