Monthly Archives: February 2015

Hand Made Media Productions Make Presentation To Beyond Audience

The room was packed, everyone had had a breakfast cuppa and a scone and Ryan Hand of Hand Made Media Productions was ready for action. Explaining his new company making marketing videos for local businesses at the breakfast meeting, he declared that he had only been two months in business…

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Ritchie Says Tourism VAT Cut Can Reignite South Down Economy

South Down Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has again called on British Chancellor George Osborne to reduce VAT on the tourism industry in Northern Ireland. Ms Ritchie met with representatives from Pubs of Ulster at Westminster today to pursue the campaign and made clear that this will be an SDLP manifesto commitment….

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Family Fun At McDonald’s Downpatrick With Shaun The Sheep

McDonald’s Downpatrick restaurant recently hosted a family fun day in the restaurant with special guest ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Along with face painting and a fancy dress competition there was a sheep modelling competition and other fun activities for families. Ronald McDonald…

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O’Neill And Ford Consult On Welfare Of Animals Act Review

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Justice Minister David Ford today urged the public and animal welfare stakeholders to have their say on the implementation of the Welfare of Animals Act. Minister O’Neill established a Review of the Implementation of the Welfare of Animals Act 2011 following a Private Member’s Motion…

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Newcastle League Fixtures For Saturday 28 February 2015

NADAFL Fixtures For saturday 28 February 2015 Harry Clarke Cup semi final 2 @ Bear Pk 1-30pm Ardglass Swifts v Castlewellan League cup section 1 SAINTFIELD AYC v KILMORE Knock out Supp Cup semi final DROMARA II v Carryduff Athletic Quarter final ROSSGLASS C v STRANGFORD Premier league Ballynagross v…

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Walker Calls For Support For James Savage As UK Youth Parliament Candidate

Down District Councillor Billy Walker from Rowalllene area has asked people across the district to back Killyleagh teenager James Savage in his bid to be elected to the UK Youth Parliament. Voting closes on Friday 27 February. James Savage is a fifth year pupil at Blackwater Integrated College in Downpatrick…

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Ritchie Says Nuclear Complications Undermine British Government Stance

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that global nuclear complications add weight to the argument against the British Government’s flawed approach to pursuing more plants. She said: “Today’s news about a fresh leak of highly radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is yet more evidence…

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Foster Encourages Local Cyclists To Sign Up For Gran Fondo For Stranford And Mournes

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the announcement of the Gran Fondo Strangford and Mourne routes and encouraged local cyclists to register for the event. Commenting on the announcement the Minister said: “The Giro d’Italia, held here last year, showcased Northern Ireland as a premium cycling and…

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Newry Mourne And Down Council Irish Language Policy Under Fire From Unionists

The four Unionists on the Newry Mourne and Down District Council are at loggerheads with Sinn Fin over the call-in review process by Sinn Féin and over the use of the Irish language on Council logos and headed paper. DUP Councillor Garth Craig explained: “Speaking as DUP Group Leader on…

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Steps 2 Success Programme Launched At SERC In Downpatrick

The Steps 2 Success Programme has been launched at SERC in Downpatrick. Attending the launch were Margret Ritchie, MP for South Down, Elaine Flynn, South Eastern Regional College and Reed in Partnership Programme Director Peter Brown. The government’s Steps 2 Success employment programme launch was held at South Eastern Regional…

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Celebrate International Women’s Day At Downpatrick Workshop

Ladies Networking Day Monday, March 9, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM To mark International Women’s Day you are invited to a Beyond NI Ladies Only Networking Workshop. Come along and network with other local business women and if you want, put up a display of your work. This…

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Saintfield Father And Son Jailed For Animal Cruelty

A Saintfield father and son were today each sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to a number of animal cruelty charges. Eighty year old Stanley Porter Snr and his son Stanley Porter Jnr (44), of Ballycloughan Road, Saintfield,  were sentenced at Downpatrick Magistrates’ Court on three charges…

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County Down Fishermen Fear They May Fall Through The Net

County Down fishermen met with DARD fisheries officials last week in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch  to discuss how they can meet the EU fish discard ban and  ensure that their nets are fishing legally. Fishermen from the three County Down ports of Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel were present….

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Come Along To The St Patrick’s Festival In Downpatrick – Myths, Magic And Music

St Patrick’s Festival Celebrates Myths, Magic and Music Wednesday 11 – Tuesday 17 March 2015. Down District Council is getting ready to host its last St Patrick’s Festival under the current Council and is pulling out all the stops to ensure there is something for everyone. The Festival will kick…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For Improvements At Newcastle’s Bogie Hill

Newcastle Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke speaking after meeting with Council officials to discuss infrastructure improvements at the Council owned Bogie Hill, Newcastle, said: “This is a very popular access onto King street and is extremely well used by walkers using the Granite trail. “Many aspects of the Bogie Hill pathway…

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