Monthly Archives: May 2015

McIlroy Is A Winner No Matter What Score He Gets in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

At his press conference yesterday, Rory McIlroy was hopeful of posting a good opening round at Royal County Down to qualify for the weekend and challenge for the laurels in the Dubai Durty Free Irish Open. There is no doubting his enormous drive (excuse the pun), as he has set…

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Pat Cassidy Enjoys New Life As Traditional Musician With First CD

Former Downpatrick businessman Pat Cassidy, an avid fan of traditional Irish music, has something to whistle about. He has recently released his first music CD called ‘The Whistle Sound‘ and it is a clear demonstration of his tin whistling talent. Pat certainly has an ear for this style of music…

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Joyriders Coming To The Lyric

 JOYRIDERS BY CHRISTINA REID Belfast 1986. Four teenagers and a social worker are watching a production of ‘The Shadow of a Gunman‘ at a theatre in the south of the city. The following morning, they’re back at their Youth Training Programme, near their homes in the Divis Flats. Set over…

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Ritchie Says North’s Future Is In Europe

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that Ireland’s interests, North and South, are best served within the European Union and that during any referendum, the SDLP will campaign hard to retain membership. It is quite possible that a referendum could be put the the voters in the UK…

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Castlewellan Traders Should Appeal Their Rates Says Rogers

South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers attended last week’s meeting organised by Castlewellan Regeneration Ltd to discuss the huge increase many businesses have experienced in their rates. Mr Rogers said: “I was pleased to be able to attend this meeting however it was awful to hear the difficulties that many…

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Bell Says Maybin and Thornton Join Irish Open Line-Up As It Approaches Sell-Out

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has announced that Northern Ireland golfer Gareth Maybin will play in this week’s 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. Maybin, from Ballyclare, will be joined by Simon Thornton, who began his career as an assistant club professional at Royal County Down,…

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Film Shows Human Cost Of Terrorism Says Shannon

Strangford MP Jim Shannon has expressed his support for a “very powerful film short film, Strong to Survive, premiered to an invited audience in Belfast’s Strand cinema last week.” He said: “The film included personal accounts of a survivor from the Tullyvallen Massacre, as well as families who lost those…

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New Shopmobility Scooter Service Available in Newcastle

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is now providing a shopmobility service in Newcastle for anyone needing help getting around the town. Four scooters will be available seven days a week and are available from the Newcastle Centre on the main promenade. Julie Guliar, Director of Shopmobility Belfast who was…

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£4,000 Up For Grabs In Rural Community Awards

The NI Housing Executive is calling for entries to this year’s Rural Community Awards. The second annual Rural Community Awards was launched at the Balmoral Show and aims to improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods. On offer is a prize fund of £4,000, with four prizes of £1,000 being awarded…

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Bailie Calls For Traffic Management At Flying Horse Junction In Downpatrick

Sinn Fein Councillor Naomi Bailie is calling for problems with heavy traffic levels at a busy Downpatrick junction to be addressed. Speaking at the junction of Ballynoe Road and Killough Road in Downpatrick, Councillor Bailie said the situation was worsening due to high volumes of traffic using back roads to…

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O’Neill Moves To Reassure Farmers That Payments Are Safe

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today moved to reassure farmers that they will receive their subsidy payments for this year. She said: “I want to reassure farmers that their subsidy payments are safe. The application window closed last Friday, and there is now a firm contractual obligation on Government to make…

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McCarthy Delighted At Approval For Loughries Integrated Transformation

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal for Loughries Primary School, Newtownards to transform from a controlled primary school to a controlled integrated primary school from September 2016. Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said: “I am approving this Development Proposal in line with my statutory duty to…

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Funding Available From New Sports Facility Programme

Sport Northern Ireland has announced a new plan to invest £17.5m of its National Lottery funding into sports facility projects over the next five years. Sport Northern Ireland conducted a series of consultation events across Northern Ireland to engage with a wide range of stakeholders on the future direction of…

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Patients Must Get Best Health Outcomes From Medicines Says Hamilton

Health Minister, Simon Hamilton has launched for public consultation the Northern Ireland Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework and has indicated that he believes patients show get the best outcomes from medicines and treatment. The Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework aims to support better health and wellbeing for all people in Northern Ireland…

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O’Neill Opens New £270,000 Community Hall In Annsborough

The community of Annsborough has demonstrated how local people can make local decisions to benefit their community, Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has said. Minister O’Neill was speaking as she officially opened the Annsborough Community Hall in Castlewellan, Co Down. Annsborough Community Forum completed the ambitious £270,000 project to design…

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