Monthly Archives: July 2015

All Roads Lead To Newcastle For B/E Aerospace Festival Of Flight

As the magnificent men in their flying machines prepare to swoop over Dundrum Bay in spectacular action on Saturday 8 August, there’s also some magnificent work being done at ground level to get the show on the road. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to into the region to enjoy…

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McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions

McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has welcomed news that Newry, Mourne and Down Council has granted planning approval for infrastructure to improve rural broadband access. 50 new broadband cabinets will be installed across the Council area with particular focus around Kilkeel, Downpatrick and South…

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Hazzard Looks Over Mournes Tourism Initiatives

Last Friday Chris Hazzard, South Down Sinn Féin MLA, met with Boyd Mc Clurg and Clare Jones at the Outdoor Recreation office in Castlewellan for an overview of the work being carried out particularly in relation to tourism promotion in South Down. Mr Hazzard said: “There are brilliant initiatives taking…

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Squeeze Wheatgrass Is An Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards’ Finalist

Squeeze Wheatgrass from Warrenpoint has been shortlisted for the finals of the prestigious Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards. Squeeze Wheatgrass was one of almost a thousand product entries which underwent three weeks of tough judging at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology. The…

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O’Neill Allocates £1million For Rural Communities

County Down organisations and businesses will be heartened at the recent announcement from the DARD Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill is to allocate £1.025million to Rural Support Networks to help tackle rural poverty and social isolation. The Minister made the announcement during a trip to Fermanagh where she also…

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Downpatrick Woman Visits 10 Downing Street For Water Aid Charity

Downpatrick woman Celine Rodgers recently represented Northern Ireland WaterAid supporters at a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron, wife of Prime MInister David Cameron, at 10 Downing Street. The reception held in support of WaterAid, aimed to draw attention to the 660 million people in the world without safe water and…

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Classic Whodunnit Comes To Newcastle

At 8pm on Thursday 6 & Friday 7 August, Newcastle Summer Season favourites, South Bank Playhouse, will present their version of Charles Dyer’s classic murder mystery, ‘Wanted: One Body!’ Wanted: One Body! is a classic murder mystery of disappearing bodies, sliding panels and howls in the night. A who-dunnit thriller…

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Ardglass Trawler Sinks After Early Morning Collision

An Ardglass prawn trawler, the Silver Dee, sank after a collison with another vessel from the County Down fishing port this morning at 5.30am. The incident happened nine miles south of the port in the Irish Sea and no crew members were injured. They were taken safely aboard the other…

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IDB Pride Of Place Judges Visit Men’s Shed

Judges from the prestigious ‘IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland’ visited the Men’s Shed Downpatrick on Tuesday 28 July 2015 to hear first-hand about the valuable work the project does. The IPB Pride of Place Competition is an annual all-Ireland event aimed at celebrating the important…

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Final Stage Of Store Renovation Underway At Asda Downpatrick

ASDA Thanks Local Customers For Their Support And Patience. The final stage of a remodelling programme, which will result in a refreshed and more convenient shopping experience, has been confirmed for Asda’s popular Downpatrick superstore. Essential maintenance work is due to start on 2 August and will be complete by…

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Ruane Calls For Support For Samaritans

Following her attendance at a fundraising event for the Samaritans at the Buttercrane Shopping Centre in Newry, Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane has called on the community to support their work. Ms Ruane said: ‘The Samaritans provide an invaluable service for people who may be experiencing a very…

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O’Neill Encourages Rural Groups To Prepare For New Rural Development Programme

Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has called on community and voluntary groups in rural areas to get involved in the decision making process for the new Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) through the forthcoming consultation process by Local Action Groups (LAG’s). LAG’s will be consulting as part of their preparations in…

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Local Children Ready For Action Week At Church’s Holiday Club

Downpatrick children are set for a week of fun and games at Downpatrick Presbyterian Church’s holiday club! Based on Scripture Union’s Rocky’s Plaice holiday club material, the week will be full of creative teaching, games, craft, songs, prayers and Bible stories. The holiday club runs from10.30a.m. to 1.00p.m. from 17…

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Downe Hospital White Line Protest Goes To Newcastle And Castlewellan

At a meeting of the Down Community Health Committee held in Denvir’s Hotel in Downpatrick, members expressed their delight and running another white line protest in the district in support of the Love the Downe campaign. Committee Chairman Eamonn McGrady speaking after a meeting of the Down Community Health Committee…

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Ritchie Backs CND Call For No More Hiroshimas

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Parliament to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Ms Ritchie has pledged her support to the campaign that calls for the horrors of the event to never be repeated. The first use…

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