Monthly Archives: January 2017

Regina Caelis Sinks At Portaferry Harbour

A vessel berthed at the Cook Street jetty in Portaferry sank in the early hours of 27 January around 5.30am resulting in a limited amount of diesel leakage into Strangford Lough. The Regina Caelis, understood to be owned by an Ardglass businessman and not in good sea condition, had been…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For Week Beginning 23 January 2017

The first team are back in action this Saturday and after a two week break, they welcome Crumlin United to Rosconnor. This game kicks off at 2.00pm. The Seconds are also back in action this week in the last 16 of the Harry Clarke Cup, they travel to play neighbours…

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Police Raid Cannibis Farm In Comber

Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch have arrested three people and seized a large quantity of cannabis plants in Comber late on Thursday 26 January. The seizure was made following a search of premises on the Ballygowan Road. The suspects, two men aged 26 and 49 and a 39…

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Dale Farm And Weight Watchers’ Recipe For Success In County Down

Dale Farm and Weight Watchers have joined forces through a new partnership to make the year ahead a healthy and delicious one for County Down residents. Northern Ireland’s largest dairy company, Dale Farm, will be helping groups across the country to make better informed choices for a balanced diet through…

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Celebration For Crapper Day

Why is 27 January a ‘Crapper’ Day more than any other? This data may seem like just a normal, ‘bog-standard’ day, but there’s more to it than that. It is in fact ‘Thomas Crapper Day’ and is a celebration of the man who helped make the humble toilet a feature…

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Avian Flu Advice For Travellers In Year Of The Rooster

Chinese New Year celebrations take place this Saturday and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is making travellers to festivities in Asia aware that avian influenza is circulating in the region. Human cases of influenza are being reported in China, and at this time of year are expected to rise. The…

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Business Groups Unite Against Car Park Charge Hike

Is it time there was a chamber of commerce in Downpatrick? The business community in these troubled times is losing out on representation in Down’s County Town over a number of key issues. One of these latest issues confronting the business sector across the North is the hike in car…

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Hazzard Announces New Pedestrian Crossing For Hilltown

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has confirmed that a new pedestrian crossing (Puffin) has been identified for Hilltown, County Down. Chris Hazzard said: “I am confident that a new puffin crossing in Hilltown is welcome news for the community and visitors alike. Puffin crossings are a relatively new type of controlled…

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Downpatrick U-15’s Too Strong For Newcastle

Saturday 21st January Downpatrick Youth Football League Under-15’s Newcastle FC 2   Downpatrick FC 5 The U-15’s found themselves at the foot of the Mournes, on a bright mild Saturday morning, with a win needed to bolster confidence in advance of imminent cup matches. From the off, it was clear…

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Ritchie Calls For Improved Pathology Services

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie is calling for the provision of improved Pathology Services in Northern Ireland. Ms Ritchie has asked the Ministers for Justice and Health to make known the plans and strategies their Departments will put in place to ensure that funding and recruitment exercises are put in…

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SERC Downpatrick Students In Country Range Semi

Young Chefs from the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-final of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2017 competition after their paper based-entry wowed the judges. Team members David Magee, Andrew Bradford and Michael Carlisle from Downpatrick, are currently preparing for the high profile live-cook off event…

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EA Clarifies Funding Status For Youth Initiatives

Education Authority (EA) Chief Executive Gavin Boyd has provided clarity in relation to funding for youth initiatives which has caused some recent concern within the youth sector. Gavin Boyd said: “In addition to funding for core youth services, the Education Authority has been provided with funding on a short term basis…

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Ritchie Welcomes New Homes In Ardglass

  The Fold Housing Association is getting ready to release for rent a new development of high quality homes in the heart of Ardglass which represents and investment of £2million in the local area. Although there is no sheltered housing in this development, the 18 new home development has raised…

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Boyle To Run For SDLP In Strangford

Ards and North Down Councillor Joe Boyle has expressed his delight on being selected by the leadership of the SDLP to contest the snap Assembly Election caused by the scandal surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive. Mr Boyle said: “Once again I am privileged and honoured to be selected to stand…

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Celebrate Burns Nights At Waterfront In Style

The Ulster-Scots Agency and Ulster Orchestra are delighted to announce that singer Emily Smith will be returning for a second concert with the Orchestra at its 6th annual Burns Night Celebration, supported by the Ulster-Scots Agency. A fantastic night of music, dance and song awaits you on Saturday 21 January…

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