Monthly Archives: December 2017

Road Improvements In County Down

£252,000 resurfacing scheme on Hospital Road, Newry.A £252,000 carriageway resurfacing scheme on Hospital Road, Newry will commence on Monday 8 January 2018. The scheme will deliver significant improvements to both the structural integrity and surface of the road. Work is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete. The resurfacing…

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Big Demand On Urgent Care Services Over Christmas 

Joint Statement from the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency. The Christmas period is always a busy time for emergency health care services and this year is no exception. The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are asking people to use hospital Emergency Departments…

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Dundrum Fire Shocks Community

A fire in Dundrum has left families in severe difficulties over Christmas. Residents of eight homes had to leave their properties as a fire quickly raged into an inferno spilling over into back yard sheds, and adjacent oil tanks, A pigeon loft was also gutted with the loss of dozens…

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Surprise Asian Otter Birth At Exploris

Asian Short Clawed Otter. As she was due to give birth in Mid-November, Exploris staff were surprised to find Sungari and the little newborn tucked up together in a nest of straw during an afternoon feed. Exploris staff vowed to keep the secret of the little one landing until the pup was…

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Tree Kangaroo Joey Pops Out at Belfast Zoo

A little present has popped up to give zoo keepers some holiday cheer at Belfast Zoo, as a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, an endangered species, has been spotted with his head out of the pouch for the first time! Senior keeper, Allan Galway, said: “Our ‘good little fellow’, Kayjo, was…

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Cardiac Team At South Eastern HSC Trust Win Major UK Award

Congratulations to the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Team who have been awarded BACPR/NACR certification status for a period of three years! The national certification programme for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation is an alliance between the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and the National Audit…

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YAFTA’s To Take Place At Millbrook Lodge Hotel in 2018

2018 will be a big year for the Down Youth Council as it hosts the YAFTA awards. The YAFTA’s (Youth and Future and Talent Awards) are a celebration of youth talent across the Newry Mourne and Down District Council area and were held last year in Newry, and the Downaptick…

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ROI Goverment Supports Bliain na Gaelige Initiative

Conradh na Gaeilge welcomes Taoiseach’s announcement of Government’s strong cross-departmental support for Bliain na Gaeilge. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, launched Bliain na Gaeilge 2018’s six-month programme of events for the first half of the year in the Government…

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NSPCC Calls For End To FGM

Dear Editor, re FGM. Christmas is usually a happy time for children and families.  However, for a small number of girls in our society the holidays present a time of vulnerability and greater risk of harm with the threat of being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation. (FGM). FGM…

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Sinn Féin Seek Interventions Over Ardnabannon Closure

South Down Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has urged the acting Head of the Civil Service to overturn a controversial decision to close the Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre. The South Down MP also revealed that Sinn Féin will be submitting a formal complaint to the Equality Commission over the handling…

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Phoenix Helps Fuel Ballynahinch Christmas Hamper Appeal

Ballynahinch Community Collective has received a welcome boost to its annual Christmas Hamper Appeal this week as Phoenix Natural Gas lent its support to the campaign to help deliver much needed supplies to even more families in need this Christmas. Working with the Ballynahinch Community Collective, staff at Phoenix Natural…

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Downpatrick Farmer Aids Ailing Birds In Winter

Yellowhammers and other birds are benefitting from ‘Farming Together With Nature’ in County Down. Earlier this month, more than 25 landowners attended a farm demo event to find out how they can help wildlife thrive on their farms. The event was organised by RSPB NI and hosted by Jack Kelly’s…

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Public Health Agency Warns Of Measles If Travelling To Europe

MMR vaccine advice for public planning on travel to parts of Europe following outbreaks of measles. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people planning on travelling to continental Europe to ensure they have had their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations. The advice comes following a number of confirmed…

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Pottery Exhibition For The Late Willie Taggart

Down County Museum has just opened a new exhibition which features the ceramic work of local man, the late Willie Taggart. From Downpatrick, Willie Taggart was a builder by trade. He had a lively interest in all aspects of local history and culture and was involved in various sporting initiatives…

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Darragh Cross Teenager Wins Top Refereeing Award

A young umpire from Darragh Cross in County Down has been named as the first winner of Young Technical Official of the Year, a new category at the Sport NI Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards. Adam Brown (18), a student at SERC, started his umpiring career at the age of…

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