Monthly Archives: October 2017

Building Students Visit Down Leisure Centre Site

SERC building students recently paid a visit to the new under-construction leisure centre in Downpatrick… next door to their college. Donning hard hats and high visibility vests, construction students from South Eastern Regional College’s (SERC) Downpatrick Campus recently had the privilege of visiting the site of the new Down Leisure…

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Downpatrick Lions Launch 2018 Calendar

Downpatrick Lions Club has launched its 2018 calendar featuring nostalgic photographs of places and people of the County Down town and local area. This is the eighteenth calendar to be published by the Lions Club to raise funds for Lions charities. It will be on sale from Wednesday 1st November…

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Energy Saving Week Offers Tips To Reduce Bills

The Housing Executive are urging everyone to become top of the class and use their Top Ten Energy Saving tips. With Energy Saving Week beginning on (Monday 30th October – Friday 4th October), the Housing Executive are urging everyone to reduce their energy costs with some simple tips. As the…

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Police Appeal After Spa Burglary

Downpatrick police are appealing for information following a burglary of a house in the Spa Grange area of Ballynahinch on Thursday, 26 October. Detective Constable Brannigan said: “It was reported that shortly before 8:40pm persons gained entry to the premises by smashing a rear door of the house but were…

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Armstrong Calls For Reform Of Petition Of Concern

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has called on the Secretary of State to legislate for reform of the petition of concern mechanism, to allow the restoration of the Assembly. Ms Armstrong said: “It was increasingly clear the current approach to the talks was not going to produce the foundation for…

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Ulster Hospital Wins Award For Obstetrics And Gynae

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training Unit in the Ulster Hospital has been rated as one of the Top 10 in the UK and ‘outstanding’ by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. All trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Ulster Hospital were asked to complete an in depth training…

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Exploris Receives TourismNI 5-Star Seal Of Approval

Tourism NI has awarded Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal sanctuary a five star visitor attraction rating. The five-star accreditation was awarded under the Tourism NI Quality Grading Scheme which is designed to provide visitors with information on the quality of the experience they can expect at Northern Ireland’s tourist…

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Rathfriland Girl Receives Help From Newline Charity

A Rathfriland girl who suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy has received vital help from Newline, a children charity. Four-year-old Molly McCotter was in severe pain every day. She is unable to walk, talk or lift her head and finds the slightest touch unbearable, even cuddles from her…

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Aware Becomes Waterfront And Ulster Hall’s First Charity

Funds raised from the Waterfront and the Ulster Hall will help AWARE continue to develop its services. AWARE’s established network of 25 support groups throughout Northern Ireland (and online support groups), provide invaluable support for people with depression and bipolar disorder. AWARE’s education programmes, delivered into schools, communities, colleges, universities…

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Views Sought On Experience Of Delirium

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are urging people who have had experience of delirium during the past year to share their experience through the 10,000 MORE Voices programme to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland. 10,000 MORE Voices is…

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Farmers Asked To Keep Eye On Bluetongue Virus

Farmers urged to be vigilant following detection of bluetongue virus in cattle imported to Great Britain.  Farmers in Northern Ireland should remain watchful for signs of bluetongue virus following the detection of the virus in post import checks in Great Britain in a number of cattle imported from France. That…

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Police Appeal After Newry Shooting

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a shooting incident in the Drumgullion area of Newry last night (Tuesday, 24 October). Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “Shortly after 8.15 pm police received a report that a man in his fifties had been shot in the hip whilst answering his front door….

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McGrath Meets Phoenix Gas For Downpatrick Update

South Down MLA Colin McGrath (SDLP) has met with Phoenix Gas to discuss the operational arrangements for the extension of the gas pipeline to Downpatrick. Colin McGrath said: “I am delighted to welcome Phoenix Gas to my home town. It will provide the public with greater options in terms of their…

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Time Running Out For Deal Warns Hazzard

“Time is running out for the DUP and British Government to recognise that rights and the implementation of previous agreements will be key to any deal in the Stormont talks,” said  Sinn Féin South Down MP Chris Hazzard. Mr Hazzard was commenting after British Secretary of State James Brokenshire told Westminster that…

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South Down DUP Hold Cultural Concert

Diane Forsythe, who represented the DUP in the last Westminster election in South Down, speaking on behalf of the South Down DUP Association, said: “On Saturday night 21st October the South Down DUP Association hosted a very successful ‘Unionism Cultural Variety Concert‘ in Ballymageough Orange Hall. “Following on from a…

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