Monthly Archives: October 2015

Creative Christmas Classes For All Ages At Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre is delighted to offer young customers the opportunity to make their Christmas preparations even more special by creating their own festive items. Totally Creative Christmas is a series of six Saturday morning workshops for children aged 7-11, with tutor Diane Robinson, commencing on Saturday 7 November at…

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Audleystown Farmer Crowned Wildlife Friendly Farmer Of The Year

Audleystown farmer David Sandford has been crowned Northern Ireland’s Wildlife Friendly Farmer of the Year. Mr Sandford beat off stiff competition at the glittering Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards held at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast last Thursday. His arable farm near Strangford is a haven for nature, including…

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Northern Ireland Population To Reach Two Million By 2034

Northern Ireland will need more funds from central government to meet health, education and housing needs etc… by 2034 ! The population of Northern Ireland is projected to reach 2 million by mid-2034. This is one of the findings of the ‘Population Projections for Northern Ireland’ published today by the…

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NI Water Completes £6million Water Scheme In County Down

NI Water is pleased to announce that pipelaying on its Ballydougan to Newry Trunk Main Scheme is now complete, while significant progress is being made on its new Crieve Service Reservoir which forms the main part of the current £6m investment. Just over 5km of new large diameter water main…

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TS Foods In Castlewellan Wins Top Gong In Irish Food Quality Awards

TS Foods of Castlewellan, one of Northern Ireland’s leading frozen and chilled food companies, has recently been named the winner of the Side Dish category in the prestigious Irish Food Quality Awards. The company  formed in 1978 by husband and wife team Tony and Ann Steele to produce a range…

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Outburst Queer Arts Festival

OUTBURST QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL Belfast 12th -21st November 2015 In its most ambitious programme yet, the ninth Outburst Queer Arts Festival runs for a jam-packed 10 days from 12th – 21st November, in venues across Belfast. Supported by Arts Council NI, Belfast City Council and DSD, OUTBURST is Northern Ireland’s…

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Work West Provides Platform For Young People To Develop Career Skills

Over 80 young people, some from Downpatrick, came together in the MAC to learn key skills through innovative workshops aimed at equipping them for the next stage in their careers. The event, Designfest, was organised by Work West Enterprise Agency and funded by RBS Inspiring Enterprise and was an opportunity…

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Clock Still Ticking At Stormont Talks Says Villiers

As parties work their way through difficult talks at Stormont trying to find a resolution key impasses blocking progess,  the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP said: “I am encouraged that the parties are continuing to engage intensively but difficult issues remain. We have very…

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O’Neill Outlines Timeline For Return Of Additional Basic Payment Information

Agriculture Minister O’Neill has outlined that farm businesses, which need to provide DARD with additional information relating to their 2015 application for the Basic Payment Scheme, should do as soon as possible and no later than 29 January 2016. As part of its assessment of the 2015 Single Application forms,…

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Men’s Shed To Be Set Up In The Rostrevor Warrenpoint Area

The Men’s Shed’s are slowing spreading across County Down. With recent set up’s in Downpatrick and at An Riocht GAC, MArk Gibbons is taking the lead and calling for a Men’s Shed on Rostrevor to be set up. Mark said: “I will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the…

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Six Down Pubs Feature In 2016 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2016

Six pubs from County Down have secured listings in the 2016 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide just published. Balloo House (Killinchy) is a new entry this year whilst the other successful Down pubs who have retained their listings are the Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Pier 36 (Donaghadee), Parson’s…

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Bell Says Canadian Connections Can Boost NI Economy

Northern Ireland has much to be proud of, and people with local connections living abroad have a key role to play in spreading the word, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has said. Speaking at an event hosted by NI Connections in Toronto, the Minister said strong links between Canada and Northern…

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Campaign To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children Sparks Up

Dear Editor, re: smoking ban in cars to protect children “People in the County Down area may be aware that a ban on smoking in cars with children present has come into force in England and Wales on 1 October and which will come into force in Scotland and the…

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Newcastle Intruder Assaults Woman In Botched Robbery

A woman was assaulted in her Newcastle home while a burglar demanded money. Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in the Newcastle Street area of Kilkeel last night, Tuesday 27 October. It was reported that at approximately 7.45pm, an unknown male entered a house in the area and…

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Newry Rughouse Plans Global Growth With New Website

Investment at the Rughouse in Newry is set to drive global sales and to boost profits four-fold. Leading Northern Ireland retailer, the Rug House, is taking its business to the next level with the launch of a new, state-of-the art website designed to enhance their global sales and drive exports….

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