Monthly Archives: November 2014

Around Ardglass – Community Notes On 28 November 2014

Around Ardglass used to be one of the best read pages in the old Down Democrat a number of years ago before the weekly paper made its last cough and died!  I enjoyed writing up these notes as each week there usually always was something interesting to report. Now Down…

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McCallister Urges Drivers Not Not To Drink And Drive

Independent Unionist MLA John McCallister has urged constituents to take heed of the police Christmas crackdown on drink driving. Mr McCallister said: “With Christmas work parties and nights out in full flow, it’s vital that everyone makes travel plans and knows how they are getting home. “PSNI statistics show that…

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New Guide To Down’s High Crosses And Round Towers Published

The High Crosses of Downpatrick, Kilbroney, Donaghmore and Dromore, and the Round Towers of Maghera, Drumbo and Nendrum may be familiar sights to County Down locals, but how many of us today understand their true significance? Now the artistry, history and symbolism of the County’s High Crosses and Round Towers,…

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Trust Plans To Go To Consultation On Hospital Car Parking Charges

The South Eastern HSC Trust has launched a consultation on the proposals to extend traffic management and car parking charges to the Downe/Downshire Hospitals, Lagan Valley and Ards Hospital. The Trust aims to provide long-term, safe, secure, and affordable car parking across all Trust sites. The Trust has conducted an…

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Police Appeal Following Dundrum Burglary

Police in Newcastle are appealing for information following a burglary in the Dundrum area recently. Constable Alan McVeigh explained: “Sometime between September 21st and November 17th, a shed at a property in the Dromara Road area of Dundrum was entered and a number of items were stolen including a black…

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Appeals To Health Trust At Monthly Meeting Over Downe Hospital Services

At a well attended monthly meeting of the board of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, local politicians and health campaigners gathered tp make their complaints heard about recent further cuts to the services at the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick. Availing of speaking rights, a number of speakers…

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Ballygowan Man Appointed Marketing Director By Leading NI Drinks Supplier

Brian Beattie, from Ballygowan, has been appointed All-Ireland Marketing Director for leading Northern Ireland drinks company Tennent’s NI, part of the C&C Group. After gaining a degree in Business and French from Queen’s University, Belfast, Brian launched his marketing career at Weetabix and Arla Foods working on the Weetabix, Lurpak…

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Ritchie Calls For Council To Clear Up At Comber Park In Drumaness

Margaret Ritchie MP for South Down has clled upon the Council to clean up in Cumber Park, Drumaness. Down District Council are now set for a clean-up operation to take place after Margaret Ritchie MP brought the issue to their attention concerning the poor condition of the estate. Ms Eitchie…

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DYFL Fixtures, Tables and Results

Under 17 League Date Time Home Team V Away Team Venue 29/11/2014 9:30am Drumaness v Saintfield Drumaness 29/11/2014 9:30am Ballynahinch Olympic v Newcastle Kilmore 1 29/11/2014 9:30am Coney Island v Celtic Bhoys Killough 29/11/2014 9:30am Rossglass County v Kilmore Rec Dunleath 7 Under 15 League Date Time Home Team V…

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South Down MP Supports Sustainable Energy Programme

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has urged the Minister for Social Development to introduce and implement a new energy programme following the ending of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) in 2016. Ms Ritchie said:  ‘This programme currently brings in £7.9 million to deliver energy efficiency improvements, 80% of…

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Ritchie Says Sellafield Radioactivity Finds Are Deeply Worrying

South Down Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has described the discovery of radioactive material on public beaches as deeply worrying and has called for the British Government to act urgently to address the situation at Sellafield. Ms Ritchie said: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that conditions at the Sellafield plant are degrading and…

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Saintfield Is To Stage Christmas Fair

The Saintfield Christmas Fair is set for Friday 5 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. The Main Street will therefore be closed to vehicular traffic from the 6pm until 9.30pm. and drivers should plan their route accordingly. Organised by the Saintfield Development Association, there will be plenty of attractions to keep…

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Andrea Begley Brings New Album To Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre is delighted to welcome the winner of The Voice UK, 2013, Andrea Begley on Saturday 6 December at 8pm. The 2013 UK Winner of the Voice, Andrea Begley comes from strong musical heritage as her aunt is country music legend Philomena Begley. In 2013 Andrea won the…

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Jim Shannon Comments On Westminster Debate On Dairy Industry

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, speaking on a debate on the Dairy Industry last week at Westminster highlighted the difference between the situation in Northern Ireland with that of the rest of the UK. He said: “In Northern Ireland, there are 3,425 dairy farms, almost 280,000 dairy cows, and 2,318…

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Islandderry Anglers Fish The Hugh Brunty Memorial Competition

Islandderry Trout Anglers held their annual Hugh Brunty Memorial Fly Fishing Competition in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Suport at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore on Saturday. A great day was had with good numbers of trout caught along with a bit of banter and good food. The club would like to say…

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