Monthly Archives: August 2016

Check Out The Exploring Enterprise Scheme At The Down Business Centre

Joan O’Hara, Business Adviser at the Down Business Centre in Downpatrick, is looking forward to working on a new initiative with unemployed people or those already in employment. She said: “This free course, run by Down Business Centre, is open to anyone unemployed or working /in training less than 16…

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Fear Of Science Based Agriculture Seen as Chilling

Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, On your site today I noticed the piece in the agricultural section advocating a strong development of our industry outside the EU. I found the statement by Stephen James most chilling: ‘NFU Cymru President Stephen James added: “Welsh farmers understand the role that science…

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Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke Welcomes Newcastle Bowling Club Refurb Proposal

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the decision by Newry Mourne and Down District Council to carry out a refurbishment of the Newcastle Bowling Club clubhouse when the season ends on 8 September. Cllr Clarke said: “I attended a meeting between Mourne’s DEA councillors and Bowling club members in…

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Local Farmers Spread The Love For Lamb

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy lamb, with locally produced meat available after a summer grazing fields across Northern Ireland. The Ulster Farmers’ Union, as part of a UK-wide campaign, is encouraging consumers to celebrate everything that is good about this tasty meat as part of #LoveLambWeek, from 1…

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Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary At May 2016 Are Published

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published by the Department for Communities. Unless stated otherwise, the figures are at May 2016. Key findings include: *  The number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants was 35,560. This represents a decrease of 5,590…

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Armstrong Secures Quiet Times Space For Disabled People At Exploris

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has secured a commitment from Northern Ireland’s only aquarium to hold ‘quiet times’ for disabled children and adults each week. The move will see special provision given every Thursday between 4pm-6pm at Exploris in Portaferry for those with conditions such as autism, AD/HD, cerebral palsy,…

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Downpatrick Cyclists Gear Up For Ultimate Granite Challenge

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to put their endurance skills to the test by competing in the annual Granite Challenge event to help raise funds for Action Mental Health (AMH). Taking place on Sunday 2 October at 10am, the long distance cycle will commence shortly in advance of World Mental Health…

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Hillsborough Oyster Festival Named As One Of The +Best Events In September

A popular event in County Down has been included in among the top events happening during September by the UK’s leading travel website. Hillsborough Oyster Festival features in the ‘Where to go and what to do in September’ article on the www.holidaylettings.co.uk blog, along with the Great North Run and…

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One Year On And Millions Still At Risk From Meningitis B

Meningitis B can be a killer. It respects no age, especially the very young. A year after introducing the lifesaving Men B vaccine, millions of young children remain at risk from this devastating disease. On Tuesday 1 September 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to introduce…

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Hamilton Attends British Ladies Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship At Knock GC

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has attended the British Ladies Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship which is taking place at Knock Golf Club. The Championship is taking place from 21 August to 2 September and entrance is free. Speaking at the Championship, Minister Hamilton said: “I am hugely impressed with the quality…

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Down GAA Results For 21-26 August 2016

2016 Down GAA Senior Football Championship – Sponsored by Morgan Fuels Fri, 26 Aug. Clonduff 2-10 Castlewellan 0-14 Bryansford 4-6 Downpatrick 2-10 Sun, 28 Aug, Burren 3-15 Mayobridge 1-12 2016 Down GAA Intermediate Football Championship – Sponsored by Trocaire Sat, 27 Aug. St John’s 1-10 Carryduff 4-12 Liatroim 1-6 Darragh…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For Week Beginning 29 August 2016

Downpatrick FC are running a 100 club with the first draw due to be held on the last Saturday of October. The cost is £10.00 a month by Standing Order, pick a number between 1 & 100 and each month a draw is done for three prizes – 1st –…

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Downpatrick Athletic Falter To Killough

NADAFL Premier Division Saturday 27 August  Killough FC 5  Downpatrick Athletic 1 Downpatrick Athletic suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of neighbours Killough. Having to field seven under nineteen’s due to the first team missing players, Downpatrick came up against a more physical and experienced team….

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Downpatrick Falter To Shankhill Utd In Steel And Sons 2nd Round Tie

Co. Antrim Steel & Sons Cup 2nd Round Saturday 27 August Shankill United 5  Downpatrick FC 1 Downpatrick’s interest in this season’s Steel & Sons cup competition has ended in emphatic style at their first hurdle having received a bye in the first round. Saturday’s result was a one-off with…

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East Down AC Reports On Killyleagh Half Marathon

THE FIRST KILLYLEAGH HALF MARATHON The day for the first ever Killyleagh Half Marathon and 3 person Relay arrived bright, sunny and warm writes Joe Quinn. Not ideal conditions from a runners point-of-view, but the slight breeze did help to keep the participants reasonably cool, but nonetheless grateful for the…

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