Monthly Archives: July 2016

McIlveen Says Coastal Change Is An Issue For All Of Us

Coastal erosion is an issue for the whole Northern Ireland coastline and it is important that communities and agencies work together to help manage it. Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen set out the position as she addressed a meeting of the Ards Peninsula Coastal Erosion Group in…

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Hazzard Announces Saintfield Resurfacing Scheme

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced the start of a £65,000 resurfacing scheme on Comber Street in Saintfield. The 260 metre resurfacing works extend from the Square in Comber Street to the roundabout at Comber Road. Improvements will also be undertaken to some of the adjacent footways and the drainage…

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Wells Vindicated After Hearing Guilty Plea In Court

Following accusations made against Jim Wells MLA at a Westminster election hustings event that took place in Downpatrick on 23rd April, Ms Dorothy ‘Dee’ Gardner from Dungannon has appeared in Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to wasting police time by making false statements about Jim Wells MLA. Ms…

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New Initiative To Tackle Drugs On Our Streets

An initiative known as RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs), which is helping to remove illegal and prescription drugs from our streets by providing drug disposal bins, is to be rolled out across Northern Ireland after a successful pilot. This new initiative is just the latest in a wide…

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Skiffie Worlds 2016 Attracts International Rowers To Strangford Lough

Skiffie Worlds 2016 is now up and running after months of preparation. It is located at Delamont Country Park near Killyleagh and the international coastal rowing event is now in full swing and will end on Saturday with a prize ceremony. Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, the Chairperson of Newry Mourne and…

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Police Seek Information About Ballynahinch Creeper Burglary

Police are appealing for information following the report of a creeper-type burglary in the Drumlins area of Ballynahinch. Constable Linda Revels said: “Police received a report at 7.30am on Wednesday, 20 July that sometime between midnight and the time of reporting that the house was entered and three phones, an…

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Police Arrest Two Over Aggravated Burglaries

Two men have been arrested in connection with a number of recent aggravated burglaries across Northern Ireland. The pair, aged 37 and 32, were detained following an incident in County Down and subsequent pursuit in County Antrim yesterday. Detective Sergeant Michael Hawthorne said: “A car, stolen during an aggravated burglary…

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Marine Conservation Society Calls For Helpers For Big Beach Clean Up

The Marine Conservation Society is once again calling on environmentally-focussed people to sign up to join a big beach clean over a couple of days in September. Do you love your beach? Do you hate litter? Do you have a few hours to spare during the weekend of 16-19th September?…

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Voices of Lecale Working On Their Seventh CD

The Voices of Lecale are going from strength to strength and are now working towards their seventh CD. Their next CD practice is on Saturday 30 July from 11-1pm at the St Patrick Centre and all the singers are asked to come along for 10.45 am for an important briefing before the warm-up….

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PM To Visit OFM And DFM At Stormont Castle Today

The Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Belfast today to meet Northern Ireland’s First and deputy First Ministers. Following similar meetings in Edinburgh and Cardiff, the PM will emphasise her strong, personal commitment to serving all the people of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister will also affirm that…

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Tragedy At Downpatrick Clay Pigeon Event

Local politicians have expressed their condolences following a shooting accident at a clay-pigeon event near Downpatrick that has resulted in the death of a man in his sixties on Sunday. South Down MP Maragret Ritchie said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death in Downpatrick this afternoon…

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Aughlisnafin GAC Notes For 24 July 2016

The U-16’s got their first win in the East Down A Championship last Thursday evening when they defeated Castlewellan for the second time this season. In his first game back from injury Shea Croskery led the charge with an impressive 4-4 from play. Oran Flanagan tallied 0-9 with seven from…

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Strangford Welcomes International Skiffie Worlds Rowing Event

Newly Mourne and Down District Council will play host to the Skiffie Worlds in Strangford Lough which starts on Sunday 24 in Delamont Country Park and culminates in Strangford Lough Festival on Saturday 30 July. Strangford has been chosen by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association as the host venue for…

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FSB Says Small Business Must be At Centre Of PfG

Responding to the draft Programme for Government, FSB drew on foundation research it commissioned from the Ulster Business School, which provides the most authoritative evaluation to date of the primary role that small businesses play in both the economy and wider society in Northern Ireland. Wilfred Mitchell OBE, FSB Policy…

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Trassey Trekkers Announce Annual Donard Dander

The annual ‘Donard Dander’ will take place on Sunday 31 July on Sliabh Donard mountain, Newcastle with all money raised going towards helping local cancer patients and their families. Michael King, event organiser, said: “This is a great event for any keen walkers out there to see one of the…

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