Monthly Archives: December 2014

Great Gig In Denvir’s For Downpatrick House In Romania

The Gilchrist family from around Downpatrick gathered together in Denvir’s Hotel on Sunday 28 December to run a brilliant gig, the Christmas Big Night Out, in aid of Downpatrick House orphanage in Romania. This charity has been running for just over ten years and has pumped thousands into a children’s…

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Bomb Disposal Checks Suspicious Package In Downpatrick

Bishops Brae, Downpatrick is closed in both directions from Vianstown Road to the junction with Ballynoe Road following the discovery of a suspicious object. A number of homes have been evacuated as a precaution. ATO (Army Technical Officers) were tasked to the scene around 12.30pm. At around 1.30pm this afternoon two…

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Police Appeal After Scotch Street Incident On 20 December

Police in Downpatrick are appealing for information following a suspected assault in the Scotch Street area on the evening of Saturday 20 December. At around 11pm, police attended the scene where a large crowd had gathered. Officers dispersed the crowd and observed a man lying on the ground with injuries…

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Police Appeal After Road Death Near Downpatrick

At approximately 1pm on Monday 29 December, a fatal road traffic collision occurred on the Strangford Road, Downpatrick, close to Lisboy Road, where 20 year old Jack Murnin died. Inspector Mark Peters said: “Police in attendance at this collision observed diesel on the road. I would appeal to anyone who…

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Walker Calls For Police Support To Find Missing Killyleagh Flares

Police are investigating the theft of a number of flares from a yacht in Killyleagh. The yacht, which was on a trailer in the driveway of premises on Cuan Beach, was entered sometime between 13-20 December. Police cannot emphasise enough how dangerous it is for anyone without adequate knowledge of…

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Ulster Scots Centre Opens

The Ulster Scots Agency, Ulster-Scots Community Network and MAGUS launched the new Discover Ulster Scots Centre on Thursday November 27 2014. The centre features new exhibitions, literature and research points and is free to attend. You can find more information on the Ulster Scots website click the link. The centre…

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Kennedy Says £215,000 Road Improvements In Clough To Begin

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £215,000 roads improvement scheme on the A2 Dundrum Road, Clough, is set to begin on Monday 5 January. The resurfacing scheme of around a 1 Km stretch of the road from the Blackstaff Road junction to the Knocksticken Road junction is expected…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Stormont Agreement

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, particularly progress on the Budget, Welfare Reform and the green light for devolution of Corporation Tax. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “The Business Community will welcome the progress from these talks as Political stability is a…

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Ardarragh Resource Centre Wins Important Disability Award

Ardarragh Resource Centre received a Prestige Access Award from the William Keown Trust who highlight their achievements in promoting the dignity of people with disabilities throughout Northern Ireland. The Centre was praised for its access, facilities and comfort for its service users. It was the only facility in the Down District…

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Daisy Lodge Wins a Garden

Staff at JP Corry helped Park Landscapes complete the Mini Mournes Project at Daisy Lodge short break facility in Newcastle. The garden was won by Cancer fund for Children in a competition hosted by JP Corry in conjunction with Kilsaran and garden designer/TV personality Diarmuid Gavin. (L-R) Kieran Quinn, Danielle…

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Breaking News – The Stormont Agreement Has Finally Been Made

The Stormont House Agreement. After eleven weeks of talks at Stormont, an Agreement on key issues has been put to the Northern Ireland parties. They all responded positively and will now put it to their party structures for endorsement. Welcoming the Agreement, the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers…

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Bailie Welcomes Access For Roads Service At Downpatrick Police Station For Road Survey

Councillor Naomi Bailie has welcomed news that Roads Service officials can begin survey works at Downpatrick PSNI station. The Irish Street premises sits in the middle of an area planned for road development which will eventually help alleviate congestion in the town. The PSNI Estates teams had previously blocked access…

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Tragedy On Mearne Road Near Downpatrick As Crash Claims A Life

A young life has been lost in a tragic road traffic accident on the Saul / Mearne Road near Downpatrick. Jack Murnin from Bishopscourt died following a crash involving three vehicles. Inspector Mark Peters said: “Police in Downpatrick can confirm that 20-year old Jack Murnin from the Downpatrick area has…

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Hazzard Congratulates O’Neill On Increased Quota For Fishermen

South Down MLA Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin) today welcomed NI Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill securing increased fishing opportunities for the local fleet. Mr Hazzard said: “At the December meeting of the European Fisheries Council, Minister Michelle O’Neill negotiated to secure the best deal possible for the North’s fishing communities. “A proposal to…

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Danny Kennedy Warns On Possible NI Water Industrial Action Over Christmas

Are you using paper plates for your Christmas dinner this year? It is uncertain yet,  but employees of NI Water may be on strike over the Christmas period affecting some areas in Northern Ireland. The public are being warned that there could be problems with water supply and water quality…

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