Monthly Archives: October 2016

Four Families Flee Following Newcastle Arson Attack

Police are investigating the report of a suspected arson attack at a property at Bracken Avenue in Newcastle in the early hours of Sunday 30 October 2016. NIFRS personnel attended at around the scene at 1.30 am and extinguished the fire which is being treated as deliberate. A wheelie bin…

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Get Behind Small Business Saturday NIIRTA Calls To Shoppers

With this years Small Business Saturday fast approaching on 3 December, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged shoppers to put small shops first throughout the Christmas period. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “Shoppers have a real opportunity to do their bit and support their local shops…

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Down County Museum Announces New Saturday Opening Hours

Down County Museum is delighted to announce new Saturday opening hours. The new 10am opening will commence 5 November and will enhance the visitor experience for those who come to Downpatrick, allowing an extra three hours every Saturday to come in and enjoy the museum. A new breakfast menu has…

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Calling All Queen Fans

Flash Harry will play live in The Great Hall, Downshire Estate, on Saturday 5 November at 8pm. For over two decades Flash Harry has entertained audiences all over the world with the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen. Backed by a full band and performed live on stage, all the…

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Fortnightly Brown Bin Collections Continue In Newry And Ballyward Areas

Newry Mourne and Down District Council has announced that it will continue to collect Brown bins in the former Newry District Council and Ballyward areas on a fortnightly basis instead of changing to a monthly collection for the winter. Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said,…

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December And New Year Highlights For Down Arts Centre

Down Arts Centre will finish 2016 with two fantastic live performances. The ever popular annual Christmas Pantomime will present ‘Old Mother Hubbard’s Crazy Christmas’ on Friday 9 November and ‘The Legend of Luke Kelly’ will pay tribute to Irish folk icon Luke Kelly on Saturday 10 December. Centre Stage Theatre…

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Concern About Draft Programme For Government’s Lack Of Vision On Tertiary Education

NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has criticised the Executive’s latest draft Programme for Government, which was published today, for its lack of ambition on further and higher education. President of NUS-USI, Fergal McFerran, said: “I am deeply disappointed at the draft Programme for Government’s abject lack of ambition regarding further and…

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PCSP Presents Drugs And Alcohol Awareness To Schools

Newly Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) held a series of presentations to schoolchildren on Wednesday 26 October outlining the dangers of taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. Over 500 pupils attended the presentations in South Eastern Regional College (SERC) Downpatrick. The schools included St Mary’s…

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New Stephen Darragh Exhibition Opens At Down Arts Centre

A new free exhibition by Downpatrick artist Stephen Darragh will open in Down Arts Centre on Friday 4 November. Entitled ‘City’, the exhibition in based on Stephen’s travels through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Switzerland, Italy and America soaking up the scenes, sounds and flavours. These works are intended to…

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NIPSA Unites Community Over SSO Closure Threat

Following a steering group meeting on Tuesday, held to try and organise a campaign to oppose the closure of the Social Security Offices in Newcastle and Ballynahinch, a campaign group has now been formed and is taking this issue head on. Ryan McKinney, NIPSA Deputy Secretary, said: “These offices provide…

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Six Down Pubs Star In 2017 Michelin Guide

County Down has maintained its reputation as a great place to eat out! Six pubs in Down have kept their listings in the 2017 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide just published. They are Balloo House (Killinchy) the Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Pier 36 (Donaghadee), Parson’s Nose and The…

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McIlveen Says £40million Farm Business Improvement Scheme Will Open On Monday

Minister for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen has announced the opening of a £40million capital funding scheme designed to help farmers across Northern Ireland improve their businesses. The Minister said: “I am delighted to announce that the capital element of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme will formally open…

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SDLP Meets Business Leaders Ahead Of All Ireland Brexit Forum

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood and party Economy Spokesperson South Down MLA Sinead Bradley have met with business sector representatives ahead of the Taoiseach’s all Ireland Brexit Forum next week. Mrs Bradley said that it is vital that the voice of the business and enterprise sector in the North is heard…

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Kilmorey Arms Hotel Awarded Three Star Grading

Tourism Northern Ireland has awarded the Kilmorey Arms Hotel in KIlkeel a three-star rating under its accommodation grading scheme. The recently refurbished hotel has opened under new management achieving a three-star award on its first Quality Grading Assessment, indicating the accommodation is of a ‘very good standard’. Having first opened…

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Concerns Surface Over Bombardier Bringing Job Cuts Forward

Economy Spokesperson for the SDLP, South Down MLA Sinead Bradley, has expressed her disappointment that Bombardier have decided to bring forward job cuts originally planned over the next two years. The 1.080 redundancies will now be enforced within the next few months. Mrs Bradley said: “Bombardier have not managed this…

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