Monthly Archives: February 2016

Applicants Invited For £3million Fund To Promote Good Relations

Junior Ministers Emma Pengelly and Jennifer McCann have announced funding worth up to £3million for projects which promote good relations. Community groups and voluntary organisations can now apply for funding through OFMDFM’s Central Good Relations Fund for the 2016/17 financial year. The Junior Ministers said: “This Fund provides financial support…

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Shannon Joins Defence Select Committee Visit To Cyrus Jordan And Lebanon

Jim Shannon MP Strangford, speaking after a recent Parliamentary Defence Select Committee visit to Cyprus, Lebanon and Jordan, said that the opportunity to meet and speak with the defence bodies in the area including the various countries’ Armed Forces was an excellent opportunity for the Defence Select Committee given the…

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Newry Mourne and Down District Council Delegation Meets McGuinness

A delegation of Councillors and Senior Officials from Newry Mourne and Down District Council met with the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry to discuss the Narrow Water Bridge project and the Southern Relief Road. The meeting held on Wednesday 24 February 2016 was not…

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Down GAA Results For 23-28 February 2016

2016 Down GAA All County Premier Reserve Football League Division 1 Tuesday, 23rd February. Tue, 23 Feb, Venue: Kilcoo, Kilcoo 1-9 Burren 1-8 Wed, 24 Feb, Wed, 24 Feb, Venue: Castlewellan, Castlewellan 2-14 Bredagh 0-9 Sunday 28th February. Sun, 28 Feb, Venue: Our Lady’s & St Pat’s, Bredagh 1-8 Bryansford…

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Ballynahinch Runners Support Stroke Association Resolution Run

Pauline Hamilton and Ben Mooney from Ballynahinch are pictured at the Stroke Association Resolution Run on Sunday 28 February. Both runners completed the tough course at Queen’s Sports Grounds in Belfast to raise awareness of stroke, which affects more than 4000 people per year in Northern Ireland. The Stroke Association…

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NIIRTA Fears For Loss Of Almost A Million Retail Jobs Following Budget

Just when the retail business sector thought it was pulling out of a recession, it is now facing the critical question: how far can it tighten its belt? The High Streets in County Down and across Northern Ireland will be preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Responding…

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Here Comes The Knight! A Van Morrison Tribute For Down Arts Centre

On Saturday 12 March, Celtic Soul will be making a welcome return to Downpatrick to celebrate the music of Sir Van Morrison in Down Arts Centre. Since their last visit to the district, Celtic Soul have performed at the Ulster Hall to mark the first BBC Music Day after being…

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RGU Notes For 29th February 2016

There were mixed fortunes from the Ulster Juvenile Handball finals in Kingscourt on Sunday writes Collie Quinn. Pride of place goes to Rachel McKeown who battled hard to overcome Grace McKeown of Antrim in the U-15 final.This was after a great comeback in the second game. She had found herself…

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Huge Success For Night-Time Gaelic Programme

The Night-Time Gaelic Programme in the East Down area came to a close on Friday 19 February at St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick. The Programme which was organised by the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), in conjunction with the East Down GAA, saw up to…

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Don’t Miss Graeme Of Thrones Parody At The Ulster Hall

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones fans or love top drawer hilarious theatre, you’ll be making a beeline for Graeme of Thrones at The Ulster Hall on Saturday 30 April! Created by a team of top UK comedy writers, Graeme of Thrones is an original and un-authorised parody…

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Assembly Candidate Patrick Brown Says South Down Needs Alliance Voice In Assembly

“It’s time for an Alliance voice in South Down” says Assembly Alliance candidate Councillor Patrick Brown. He added: “We’ve listened to what people have to say. We’ve built a team and set our target. We’ve set ourselves apart from the other parties by providing a fresh, non-sectarian and progressive alternative….

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PHA Encourages People Who Self-Harm To Seek Help

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Self-Harm Awareness Day (1 March) as an opportunity to encourage people who are affected by self-harm to seek help. Self-harm is when a person harms themselves through injury or poisoning. People self-harm for various reasons and are usually experiencing severe emotional distress. For…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes For 29th February 2016

The Seconds team had a mixed week in the Premier Reserve League. They beat Bredagh during the week to maintain a 100% start to the league, but came back down to earth with a defeat away to Kilcoo on Sunday past. With four points out of a possible six it…

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Down GAA Fixtures For Sunday 6th March 2016

Sunday 6th March 2016 Down GAA All County U16 Hurling League, Venue: Cherryvale, Bredagh V Carryduff – 11:00. 2016 Down GAA All County U16 Hurling League, Venue: Ballygalget, Ballygalget V Ballycran – 11:00. 2016 Down GAA All County U16 Hurling League, Venue: Shamrocks, Shamrocks V St Patricks – 11:00. 2016…

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Rostrevor Shedders Going Strong

 The last of February’s Rostrevor Men’s Shed workshops was held on Tuesday 23rd February. The club thanked again Karen McEvoy of Conservation Of Volunteer’s and fellow shedder James O’ Neill of Riverside Boiler Repair for the use of his workshop over the past few weeks. Mark Gibbons, shedder chair, said: “Our…

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