Monthly Archives: March 2015

Walker Watches Down District Council Finally Go Out With A Bang

Down District Council has finally gone out with a bang! Thousands of people gathered in the Market Street Car Park in Downpatrick last Saturday evening in a Community Celebration and fireworks display  to mark the end of Down District Council’s 42 years in existence before it is absorbed into the…

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NI Assembly Faces A Possible €800,000 A Day Penalty Over Strangford Lough

A recent report by the NI Audit Office has sent a strong message down the corridors of some government departments over their handling of Strangford Lough, the largest sea lough in the UK. Strangford Lough is a heavily protected area in terms EU legislation such as being a Marine Nature…

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Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard Launches South Down Election Campaign

Sinn Féin’s Westminster candidate for South Down has launched his election campaign at a packed event in the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle. South Down assemblyman Chris Hazzard MLA has declared that Sinn Féin is the only party that can make a difference for the constituency. Referring to the work that…

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Council Delegation Meets South Eastern HSC Trust Officials

Outgoing Chairman of Down District Council, Councillor William Walker, recently led a cross-party deputation to meet with health officials from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. The meeting was called following the recent Love the Downe rally attended by 15,000 people which drew attention to continuing concern over…

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Patrick Clarke Condemns Anti-Social Behaviour At Claremont Court In Castlewellan

Councillor Patrick Clarke has strongly condemned recent anti-social behaviour by some residents living at Claremont Court off Castle Avenue in Castlewellan. He  expressed his “serious concern” at “members of the Polish community who have been causing late night disturbance to local residents.” He said: “I have received complaints from a number…

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Geneology Workshops For Irish Speakers For Castlewellan

Looking for your Ancestors? Anita Gallagher will co-ordinate a series of seven genealogy workshops which will be based in The Lodge, Castlewellan. The workshops will take place on Wednesdays between 7.00pm-8.30pm commencing on 15 April. The entire series of seven workshops will cost £25 in total. The workshops will be…

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Hazzard Welcomes Changes In Mesh Panel Sizes For County Down Fishermen

Chris Hazzard MLA has welcomed news that the regulations covering nets used by County Down fisherman will in future allow the mesh panels to be 200mm. The regulations governing the nets currently insist that 300mm. Trials on new nets are soon to be conducted in the coming months. Welcoming the…

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Islandderry Winter League Comes To An End In Tight Battle

 The strong winds made Ronnie McFadden opt for fishing from the jetty which worked to his benefit as a lot of fish were in close to the shore. Ronnie released 15 trout in total over the day and the three that he weighed gave him a round winning bag weight…

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Reports From Ballynahinch RFC

Banbridge 2’s v Ballynahinch 2’s – Match Report 28.03.15 Chris Parker reports from Rifle Park. Hinch started well against Banbridge with Martin and Phillips making telling runs into the opposition half. When Bann were penalised at a break down Harris put Hinch 3-0 ahead. Bann replied with a penalty of…

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Visit Greencastle Castle Near Cranfield This Easter

From Friday 3 April, the Norman Castle at Greencastle will be open to the public between 10am and dusk. This will change as the days get longer up to 7pm. You can walk, cycle or drive to Greencastle castle. Why not park at Cranfield and take the beach route to…

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Minister Announces Start Of Free Sign Language Classes For Parents

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced the start of free Sign Language classes for parents of deaf children. The classes, which will be held at Jordanstown School for Deaf and Visually Impaired Children, beginon Sunday. This follows an assurance given by the Minister to Emma Rogers, who has a…

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Newcastle League Results For Saturday 28 March 1215

League Cup Section A: Castlewellan Town II 1  Downpatrick II 3 McCalls Premier League: Ballyvea 1  Ballynagross 0 Killough 0 Mourne Rovers 0 Castlewellan Town 4, Tollymore United 1 McCalls Division 1 Newcastle II 3, Kirkistown 1 Ballynahinch Olympic II 5  Drumaness Mills II 1 Kilmore Rec II 2  Saintfield…

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Information Sought On Old Family Contacts Near Downpatrick

Twenty year old Shane Finan from Llanelli in Wales has been  been researching his family tree for the last four years and would like top follow up on local connections in Down District, especially in and around  Downpatrick. Shane said: “I’ve been especially fascinated with my Irish ancestry because my…

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Council Chairman Presents Honours At Inspirational Youth Awards

Recognising Achievement, Raising Aspirations, Realising Potential at the Inspirational Youth Awards 2015. Forty young people were honoured at Down District Council’s Chairman’s Inspiring Youth Awards at the spacious Downpatrick Racecourse function suite on Saturday 28 March 2015 with almost 300 guests. It was a superb afternoon of celebration, entertainment and…

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Ritchie Welcomes Decision On Deal For Meningitis B Vaccine

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie speaking about progress in the Meningitis B vaccination programme,  said: “Following a long battle in Westminster  – on the floor of the House of Commons and in Committee Rooms around 13 months ago –  the British Government decided to press ahead with the Meningitis B vaccine…

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