Monthly Archives: April 2015

Woman Found Safe After Multi Agency Search Near Strangford Lough

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI were called out on Wednesday 29 August to help in the search for a woman reported missing to police. The volunteer crew of the Portaferry lifeboat were paged at  5.00pm and the RNLI lifeboat, an Inshore Atlantic 85, was launched at 5.05pm. An RNLI…

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Ritchie Pursues Road Service For Improvements To Spa Road In Ballynahinch

SDLP Parliamentary candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has urged Roads Service to carry out work on the Spa Road as a matter of priority to avoid damage to motor vehicles. Ms Ritchie said today: “I have been advised by Roads Service that there are underlying problems with the surface…

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Keilty To Headline Comedy Nights At Irish Open Fringe Festival

The serious side of golf will certainly have a funny side at the Irish Open in Newcastle as Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are delighted that Dundrum  comedian Patrick Kielty will be the headline act for the comedy nights at the Irish Open Fringe Festival. The Council are organising…

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Hazzard And Ritchie Cross Swords Before The Westminster Election

Sinn Féin Westminster candidate Chris Hazzard MLA has attacked the SDLP over its record and said it has “failed to deliver for the people of South Down during the last 20 years at Westminster”. As the election is fast approaching on Thursday 7 May, the temperature has increased in the political…

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Minister Launches MS Week 2015 At Stormont

Northern Ireland is leading the way in terms of access to some disease modifying therapies. That was the key message from Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, as he launched MS Week 2015 at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, today. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a life-long condition, however with the right support people with…

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Wild West Escapade For The Whole Family At The MAC

This May, the MAC invites families to dust off their Stetsons and mosey on down for a Wild West action adventure. Inspired by a true story, the MAC’s fabulous new family show Little Sure Shot tells the story of Annie Oakley and how she became the most famous cowgirl in…

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Ritchie Says New Government Must Cut Tourism VAT And Begin Work On Narrow Water Bridge

As the South Down election heats up, outgoing MP Margaret Ritchie has made a keynote statement about economic development and tourism. SDLP Westminster candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has said that an incoming Westminster government must prioritise a cut in VAT for the tourism sector and proceed to renew…

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South Down Alliance Candidate Martyn Todd Poses Key Questions

Alliance Party candidate for the South Down election Martyn Todd has posed a series of questions that voters may ask the other candidates as they canvass around the constituency to gather their votes. The South Down Westminster election may appear a one horse race with Margaret Ritchie at the front…

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Walker Looks Back On His Term In Office As Council Chair

Councillor Billy Walker looks back on a whirlwind retm in office as the last chairman of Down District Council. The council has been subsumed into the new super council of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, and Billy, a DUP councillor,  cherishes the memories and achievements in his role as…

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Loughinisland GAC Notes For 26 April 2015

The Loughinisland Minor team have made a tremendous start to their season with two very impressive wins over Kilcoo at MaCartan Park and a difficult trip to Downpatrick writes Peter Fitzpatrick. The team started slowly against Kilcoo and were behind at the break, however still staying within touching distance. The…

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The Westminster Election Hustings Debate In Downpatrick – First Session

The hustings debate between the seven Westminster election candidates for South Down was overshadowed by some brief but controversial comments from DUP candidate Jim Wells MLA. The link for this Down News report can be found below. This article focuses on extracts from the candidates on the other key bread…

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Charles Sheils: Life And Legacy Of Killough Philanthropist Remembered

The life and work of a nineteenth century philanthropist was remembered in a special church service held in St Anne’s Church, Killough, by the charity founded in his name which continues his work to this day. The Charles Sheils’ Charity, which has provided sheltered accommodation to those in need for…

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Countdown For The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open At Newcastle

The European Tour is now making the final preparations for the Irish Open which is returning to Northern Ireland in 2015, with Royal County Down Golf Club hosting this year’s event from 28 – 31 May. It will be the first time in 76 years that the Irish Open has…

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Attention All Greenfingers – Free Compost Giveaway By Council

Residents from the Newry, Mourne and Down area can celebrate Compost Awareness Week (4-9 May 2015) by getting involved with the Council’s FREE Compost Giveaway. Green fingered residents can collect one bag of compost at the ‘giveaway’ events on Saturday 2 May at Cloonagh Road Household Recycling Centre, Downpatrick and…

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Jim Wells Creates Public Outcry Over Anti-Gay Views At Downpatrick Hustings Debate

“You don’t bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. That child is far more likely to be abused and neglected…” Those were the words uttered by NI Health Minister Jim Wells MLA at the hustings debate of all the seven South Down Westminster election candidates held in the St…

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