Monthly Archives: August 2015

Artist George H Smyth Exhibition To Run In Down Arts Centre

Acclaimed artist George H Smyth who lives near the beach at Tyrella, will be exhibiting his retrospective works in the Down Arts Centre following the launch next Thursday evening on 3 September. George, from Ardglass, has a very unique surrealist style which Michael Hughes, Director if the Irish Art Group…

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Newcastle Firm Blue Clarity Shows Strong Export Growth

Newcastle-based firm Blue Clarity is experiencing rapid export growth following investment in market development activities supported by Invest Northern Ireland. The company has doubled its workforce within the past twelve months to deliver contracts secured with international companies including providing outsourced design services to Canada’s largest home builder and one…

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Ritchie Says North’s Economy Must Be Insulated From China’s Instability

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has urged the British Chancellor George Osborne to take action to ensure the Northern Ireland economy is insulated from volatility in Chinese markets. China is seen as a key emerging market for Agri-foods exports from Northern Ireland and a volatile market could threaten that…

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All Go At St Malachy’s High School In Castlewellan At Start Of New Term

Pictured are some of the Year 8 students from St Malachy’s High School who took part in a transition programme at the school this week at the start of a new term at St Malachy’s High School in Castlewellan. The programme is designed to create an ease of movement from…

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Walker Challenges New Independent Grouping On Council

DUP Councillor Billy Walker has challenged the new Independent grouping on the new Newry Mourne and Down District Council saying that their recent initiative is “overstated”. Two weeks ago five Independent Councillors and Councillor Patrick Brown, Alliance, decided to form a group of six, but this has upset several councillors…

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Ballynahinch Winner Of Recycler Of The Month

Congratulations goes to Paula Young from Ballynahinch who is Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Recycler of the Month and wins a £50 prize courtesy of Castlereagh Motors. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Vice, Chairperson Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick congratulated Paula for having a flawless blue bin with no contamination….

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Kennedy Delivers Over £12.2million For Road Schemes But Councillors Call For More Results

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has commended roads staff and contractors for the successful completion of road schemes in 2014/2015 which accounted for £12.2million investment in the roads infrastructure in the Newry, Mourne and Down council area. The Minister also said that his Department was facing £60million of cuts in 2015/16,…

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Walker Expresses Concern At Delay In Killyleagh Bus Shelter

Newry Mourne and Down District Councillor Billy Walker is campaigning for a new bus stop shelter in Killyleagh. He said: Last year I brought the issue of the lack of an bus shelter on Frederick St in Killyleagh to the previous Down District Council. “After debate and consultation it was…

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Suspected Heroin Seized By National Crime Agency Near Strangford

Detectives from the PSNI Organised Crime Branch, working in partnership with the National Crime Agency have seized suspected heroin. Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “A proactive search with colleagues in NCA was launched in the Strangford area in the evening of August 25. Suspected heroin with a criminal value of…

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Ardglass Golf Club Star Cormac Sharvin Selected To Play In Walker Cup Team

Ardglass Golf Club member Cormac Sharvin (22) has been selected to play for the Walker Cup team in September following an announcement by the R&A. The rising star in the Irish golf scene has had a fantastic year after winning the Brabazon Trophy for taking the title in the English…

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New Season Of Performances Exhibitions And Workshops At Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre is delighted to launch a new season of events packed with live music and theatre, beautiful exhibitions by local artists and workshops and classes to suit all ages and abilities, from September to December. The autumn season is always packed full of the best local and touring…

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Rogers Expresses Concern Over Lift Failures At Downe Hospital

South Down MLA Séan Rogers MLA has expressed his concern and called on the South East Health and Social Care Trust for a full explanation of how the two passenger lifts at the Downe Hospital were inoperable on Monday. Mr Rogers added: “This caused a major inconvenience for those attending…

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Storey Announces Plans For The Future Of Banbridge

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA has welcomed the appointment of consultancy firm AECOM to develop a Masterplan for the town of Banbridge. The Masterplan will set out a future vision for the areas in and around Banbridge town centre, and identify key regeneration sites for the future development of…

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O’Dowd Encourages Eligible Parents To Apply For Free School Meals

A healthy and nutritious school meal can increase concentration, helping young people achieve their full potential. That is the message from Education Minister John O’Dowd today as he aims to encourage all families entitled to free school meals to take up that entitlement. The Minister said: “My Department is committed…

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Sports Clubs Invited To Feature In Free Local Directory in Ards And North Down

Local clubs can sign up for free to be part of a borough wide sports directory for 2015 – 2016, being organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council. The directory will help local sports clubs to promote their activities while providing residents with easily accessible and up-to-date information on…

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