Monthly Archives: September 2017

Could Your Local Win Hospitality Ulster Awards?

Hospitality Ulster Unveils New Top 100 Hospitality Businesses Awards. Building on the success of the Pub of the Year Awards, Hospitality Ulster launched The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses Awards in Belfast on Wednesday 27 September. The awards, launched at the Merchant Hotel, recognise the increasing quality, diversity and regional spread of…

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Witness Appeal By Police For Donaghadee Assault

Detectives in Bangor are continuing to appeal for witnesses following an incident in the High Street area of Donaghadee in the early hours of Sunday morning, 24 September. A man suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident that occurred around 2.30am on High Street. The man remains in…

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County Down Beaches Recognised For Quality

County Down continues to enjoy some of the best bathing water quality in Europe, provisional figures have revealed. Around the Northern Ireland coast, 22 of the 23 identified bathing waters met the strict European standards for bathing water quality. A further three candidate sites were monitored for the first time…

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Court Decision Says Ardglass Marina Is Charity

The future governance of Phennick Cove Marina in Ardglass took a dramatic twist last week at the Tribunal Hearing Centre at NI Law Courts in Belfast when an appeal hearing took place brought by the Ardglass marina directors opposing the previous Charities Commission for Northern Ireland saying they shout operate…

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Council Provides Donard Park For Camper Vans

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed proposals to end camper vans from staying overnight at three Newcastle seafront car park locations, but a suitable Donard Park site has been identified. He said: “At the recent Regulatory and Technical Services Committee meeting of Newry Mourne and Down District Council,…

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Did You Take Your Folic Acid This Morning?

A Safefood campaign is reminding women of the importance of taking folic acid every day. Young women across County Down are three times more likely to check their smartphone in the morning than take a folic acid tablet as part of their daily routine. That is the findings of new…

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Universal Credit Should Be Halted Says Hazzard

Sinn Féin’s South Down MP Chris Hazzard has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted due to the failure of the Department of Communities to provide clarity on the protections for the most vulnerable.   The South Down MP said: “Sinn Féin has always rigorously opposed the welfare…

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East Down AC Reports On Runs For 24 September 2017

CASTLEWELLAN PARKRUN. It has taken a long time for the phenomenon that is parkrun to reach this part of Co Down but finally on Saturday it arrived in Castlewellan Forest Park, much to the credit of the group of volunteers who were involved in setting up the  arrangements, including choosing…

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Ballynahinch RFC Rugby Round-Up For 23 September 2017

Ballynahinch RFC Rugby Round-up For 23 September 2017 Ballynahinch RFC 1st XV hosted Old Wesley in Division 1B of the UBL, winning 27-6. Ballynahinch 2’s travelled to Clogher Valley in the Conference League, winning 85-0. Ballynahinch 3’s Free. Ballynahinch 4’s Free. Ballynahinch 5’s travelled to Ards 2’s in the Provincial…

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Hitch 5thXV Enjoy Away Win Over Ards 2nds

Final score: Ards 2ndXV 5 – Ballynahinch 5thXV 15 Ballynahinch 5thXV headed to Hamilton Park to play Ards 2ndXV for their first league encounter of the season. With regular captain Andrew Wilson in Spain, working on his tan it was left to Iain Smith to lead the troops. It was…

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Hinch Firsts Overpower Old Wesley

Ballynahinch vs Old Wesley Ulster Bank League Division 1B Ballynahinch 27 Old Wesley 6 Saturday 23 September 2017 (By James Kirk at Ballymacarn Park) Ballynahinch welcomed Old Wesley to Ballymacarn Park on Saturday still smarting from their failure to put away Old Belvedere the week before. There were a couple of…

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UFU Urges Caution When Spreading Slurry 

Poor ground conditions are preventing many farmers from spreading slurry – but as the start of the closed period on October 15 approaches Ulster Farmers Union President, Barclay Bell, has urged farmers to be ‘cautious’ to protect their Basic Payment from the EU. Northern Ireland has experienced a prolong stretch…

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McGrath Tackles Party Chiefs On School Budgets

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has written to the all party leaders seeking political agreement on the way forward for school budgets. Speaking after meeting with principals and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, Mr McGrath said: “The message I’m hearing from school principals is that we are…

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Family History For Beginners Online At Saintfield Library

Saintfield Library would like to invite you to ‘Family History for Beginners: an online workshop’ on Thursday 12 October from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Saintfield Library is holding an online workshop delivered by Mr. Tom Gribben to help those who would like to research their family history. Mr. Gribben is a…

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NSPCC Asks Politicians To Focus On Child Welfare

Dear Editor, Appeal to Politicians To Keep Children’s Welfare In Focus With the ongoing need to resolve our long-standing problems at Stormont still pressing, it is vitally important that all our politicians retain a clear focus on protecting children in Northern Ireland as our political institutions take shape. We should…

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