Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cathedral Quarter Festival Programme Launched

The 17th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival programme was launched today at a packed event in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The festival returns to enliven Belfast and reach the parts other festivals can’t with over 150 events from 28 April – 8 May. The programme was launched today  over 150 events will…

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County Down People Honoured At Hillsborough Ceremony

Three local people have been honoured at a formal ceremony at Hillsborough Castle, receiving some of the highest accolades that can be conferred on members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet movements. Presented with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Outstanding Meritorious Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty –…

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Hazzard Welcomes Funding Approval For Castlewellan Community Centre

Speaking after the announcement that Castlewellan Community Centre has had a major grant windfall Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard welcomed the move saying this was excellent news for Castlewellan. He added: “I am delighted to announce that approval has been given for the refurbishment of the Community Centre in Castlewellan….

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McGrath Says New Kickstart Needed For Ardglass Harbour And Fishing Community

Assembly candidate Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) has welcomed the efforts of the local fishing industry stakeholders and the Northern Ireland Fisheries and Harbour Authority to work together and bring a fresh strategic approach to developing the harbour in Ardglass. Councillor McGrath said: “Ardglass harbour has excellent potential. It could be…

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Rogers Reflects On Good Friday And The Path Ahead For Peace

Last Friday, a large body took part in the traditional Easter walk for peace in Downpatrick leading to St Patrick’s Square in the town. The proceedings were led by the Dean of Church of Ireland Down Cathedral, the Rev. Henry Hull, and local clergy from various churches. One politician who…

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Launch Of The Downpatrick Area Suicide Prevention Taskgroup

The Downpatrick Area Suicide Prevention Taskgroup has been launched at the Downpatrick Social Enterprise Hub writes Pat McGreevy. The group has drawn together representatives from local community, voluntary and statutory organisations to provide a focus for suicide prevention efforts in the Downpatrick area. Records of suicide deaths in recent years…

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£2.5million Boost To Coastal Communities Revealed

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has launched Northern Ireland’s Coastal Communities Fund annual report. It reveals that this Fund has brought £2.5million to our economy, funding 11 projects based along our coast from Coleraine to Newcastle via Rathlin Island, with grants ranging from £71,000 to £736,000 to help create sustainable…

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Enterprising SERC Students Impress At Trade Fairs

The South Eastern Regional Colleges’ (SERC) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme organised an opportunity for 12 student companies from across the college to showcase their entrepreneurial talents by taking part in an inter-campus trade fair. Students from a range of disciplines brought their products and services to the Trade Fairs and…

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Red Squirrels Face Squirrel Pox Outbreak In Tollymore Forest Park

Squirrel pox, a disease fatal to red squirrels, has been confirmed in Tollymore Forest Park. It has been five years since the first recorded death due to the squirrel pox virus in Northern Ireland in 2011. The decline of red squirrels in the UK and Ireland is blamed primarily on…

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New Youth Forum Emerges In Killyleagh

The Killyleagh and District Youth Forum has been set up following the inaugural meeting held in the Presbyterian Church Hall in Irish Street on Thursday evening 24 March. It was well supported by a good cross-section of the Strangford and Rowallene political establishment. The first chairman of the youth forum,…

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Durkan Announces £2.6million Environment Funding Boost

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a £2.6million funding boost for eligible Not for Profit organisations and councils to support key environmental projects across Northern Ireland. This Fund has been made available to eligible organisations to protect and improve our habitats; the quality of our air and water; promote…

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Advice For Pregnant Women During Lambing Season

We’re in the middle of lambing season again and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of Public Health (Health Protection) at the PHA, said: “Pregnant women who come into close contact…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Red Tape Reform Package By Bell

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the publication by DETI Minister Jonathan Bell of ‘Better Regulation: An Action Plan For Reform’ to address the problem of Red Tape on business owners. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This Action Plan is to be welcomed as it…

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Put A Spring In Your Step In The Brighter Evenings

The clocks spring forward this weekend. There are many ways to kick-start your journey to better health and wellbeing and the Public Health Agency (PHA) says that doing smaller bouts of activity, of 10 minutes or more, will soon add up and can improve your health. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s…

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O’Neill Announces Opening Of Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements Transfer Window

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced that farmers will have their first opportunity to transfer Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements when the Entitlements window opens on 4 April. The Minister stated: “From 4 April farmers and agents can begin transferring entitlements for 2016 BPS”. Entitlements can be transferred by gift,…

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