Monthly Archives: December 2016

Downpatrick FC Club Notes For 31 December 2016

After last Saturday’s postponement the seconds will hopefully travel to play Killough in the first round of the Harry Clarke Cup on Saturday, and this match kicks off at 1.30pm. The Under-19’s play league leaders Linfield in their first league game of the New Year on Saturday. This match is…

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Disability Roadshow Opens In Downpatrick Library

Colin McGrath, South Down MLA, has welcomed the arrival of the My Journey My Voice disability exhibition roadshow to Downpatrick Library. My Journey My Voice is a powerful exhibition designed to raise awareness about communication disability. It features photographic portraits and audio recordings of individuals with communication disabilities telling their stories…

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MP And MLA Visit Santa At Downpatrick Railway

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie and MLA Colin McGrath called down to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway for the last day of the Lapland Express and met volunteers as well as the jolly big man himself…  Santa Claus. As well as welcoming this festive VIP to the town, Margaret…

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Walker And Andrews Help Charities By Cycle Run

Rowallene Councillors Billy Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP) recently got on their bikes to support local charities. They have raised a fantastic £12,000 over the past two years for very worthy local causes in a number of ‘challenges’ ranging from a golf contest, eating a mega-SUB, a boxing match,…

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Get Home Safe This Christmas

‘Get Home Safe’ was the message being communicated to young people in South Eastern Regional College (SERC) on Monday morning. The Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland…

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Ards and North Down Civic Awards Open

Do you know someone who lives or works in the Ards and North Down area that deserves recognition? The Ards and North Down Civic Awards are now open for entries and aim to recognise those people who are making an exceptional contribution to civic life in our borough. The first…

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Ritchie Calls For UK RHI Correspondence To Be Made Public

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy requesting they make public all correspondence the British Government has had with the NI Executive regarding the implementation of the RHI. Ms Ritchie has said: “The…

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McIlveen Opens £609k Scheme For Rural Groups

Local rural voluntary and community groups could be in for a windfall. Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that £609,000 has been awarded to voluntary and community groups through her Department’s Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme.  The Scheme is funded through DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme…

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Public Accounts Committee Seeks Inquiry Into RHI

In a recent statement, the Public Accounts Committee said that it was determined that an inquiry will get to the bottom of the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme.  The RHI has left a £400million black hole in the Assembly finances with questions now being asked. As the Assembly is set…

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McIlveen Welcomes EU Fisheries Council Results

The annual Fisheries Council in Brussels held each year to determine the fishing opportunities of the national fleets for EU members will soon have one member missing from the process… the UK. Following the British exit from the EU, fisheries policy will be determined nationally. While many UK fishermen welcome…

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McIlveen Announces £1.7million For New Agri-Food Research

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen today announced that research institutions in Northern Ireland are to benefit from £1.7million of new funding awarded through the DAERA Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) initiative. DAERA has been working in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) in the Republic of Ireland and…

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Local Runners Run In New York City Marathon

Three local runners, all former pupils at St Patrick’s Grammar School in Downpatrick, have helped to raise over £30,000 for Action Cancer by completing the New York City Marathon 2016. School friends Conal Murnin, Daithi Sands and Luke Mulhall were among 18 runners who took part in the world’s biggest…

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Downpatrick Family Appeal For Help With Little Houdini

CAN YOU HELP KEEP FIVE-YEAR-OLD OISIN SAFE AT NIGHT? A Downpatrick couple are desperate to keep their five-year-old son safe at night. The youngster, who wakes frequently, has no awareness of danger, climbs everywhere and constantly tries to escape their home. Oisin Coyle, known as Osh, has Autism, Developmental Delay…

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Hamilton Launches Invest NI’s Collaborative Growth Programme

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has launched the Invest Northern Ireland Collaborative Growth Programme in Belfast today. He said: “The success Sea Source has achieved in the offshore renewable energy sector, demonstrates how collaboration can not only transform an industry but leverage the strengths of the region to attract significant…

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Toy Stories At North Down Museum

In the midst of all the preparations to make Christmas 2016 special it can be easy to lose sight of how much pleasure our efforts can bring, particularly to our children. Toy Stories, an exhibition just opened at North Down Museum, is a timely reminder of how much joy the…

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