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Ritchie Welcomes Contaminated Bloods Inquiry

Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, re Contaminated Bloods Inquiry.  I am heartened to learn that the independent inquiry into the Contaminated Bloods Inquiry will begin evidence sessions in September this year – some 14months after the inquiry was initially launched.  It was announced yesterday (Monday 2nd June) in a…

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£1million Package For Local Rural Playparks

Children set to Benefit from £1 Million Funding for Upgrade of Rural Play Parks. Children and Young people across the Newry Mourne and Down are set to benefit from a £1 million funding package aimed at developing and upgrading 16 rural play parks co-funded by Newry Mourne and Down District…

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Rogan Concerned At Arkle Park Road Issues

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Emma Rogan has said: “It is only a matter of time before a serious accident happens in Arkle Park in Downpatrick.” She has called on the DFI Road Service to consider any and all safety measure possible at Arkle Park in Downpatrick,  and added: “I…

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Local Councillors Lay Wreath At Somme Event

Rowallane Councillors Terry Andrews and William Walker are pictured with Mourne Councillor Glyn Hanna who laid a wreath at the Somme remembrance celebration on behalf of  Newry Mourne and Down District Council. Included is  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley MP. The wreath was laid by Councillor Hanna…

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Defenceman Curtis Leonard Joins The Giants

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are pleased to announce the arrival of Curtis Leonard for the 2018/19 Elite League season. The 25 year old Defenceman arrives in Belfast following two seasons with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. Leonard, who is good friends with Darcy Murphy, and will be the 198th…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For 25 June 2018

Club Notes – Week Beginning 25/06/18 * The club held their AGM on Monday night in Murphy’s Bar, we would like to thank all the players, managers, coaches, parents/guardians and club members who attended. We are pleased to announce our committee for the year ahead, Chairman – Paul Moore, Secretary…

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Medals Galore For Sportability Paralympic Swimmers

The Sportability Paralympic swimming squad took part in the Disability Sport NI Annual Swimming Championships at Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn.  The team was on top form at the gala with every one of the 9-strong team, came home with at least one medal on Saturday 16 June 2018 Newry Mourne…

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 Fish Kills Trigger Summer Pollution Warning 

Industry, landowners and farmers are being urged to take extra care during the summer months to protect our water from pollution. Following the recent major fish kill on the River Callan in Armagh City, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has warned that lower water levels and warmer temperatures means…

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Sinn Féin Welcomes Investment At Windy Gap 

South Down Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard and Councillor John Rice have welcomed the installation of new picnic tables at ‘the windy gap’ on Slieve Boley near Leitrim village. Slieve Croob councillor John Rice said: “A number of weeks ago I alerted Council officials to vandalism at this site so I am very…

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Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 Award At  Gaelscoil na mBeann

Bronnadh GRADAM Bhliain na Gaeilge 2018 i nGaelscoil na mBeann Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin was delighted to recently present a cheque to the Co Down winner of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (Year of the Irish language) Art Competition. Leora Forsythe McCabe (10) and…

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St Louis Camogie Team Receive Support From Danske Bank

St. Louis Grammar School’s camogie team has received a £1,000 bursary from Danske Bank to buy a new kit. St. Louis was one of four schools in Northern Ireland to win a new team kit as part of a Danske Bank promotion for its Danske Discovery current account holders. The…

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RGU Notes for 25 June 2018

Friday night saw one of the biggest crowds of the year at PTR for what turned out to be a very low key affair with Kilcoo as both teams fielded vey depleted teams. The Magpies ran out 3 point winners writes Collie Quinn.  Next up is an away fixture with…

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Newcastle To Host Sizzling Summer Entertainment

Sizzling Summer Entertainment Live in Newcastle This July & August Things are definitely hotting up this summer with a host of exciting summer entertainments in Newcastle. Summer Nights at Newcastle Summer Season offers a variety of live theatre events and music performances every Friday and Saturday night throughout July and…

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SEAFLAG Public Information Workshops For Fishing Communities

There will be a series of public information meetings taking place between Monday 25th and Wednesday 27 June organised by the South East Area European Fisheries Fund, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Newry Mourne and Down District Council, and DAERA. A £2.3 million funding package is available for the…

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Saintfield Woman Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

A woman was convicted at Downpatrick Magistrates Court today for claiming benefits she was not entitled to. Natalie McDonnell (23) of Alder Lane, Saintfield claimed Employment Support Allowance totalling £5491 while failing to declare employment. She was fined £250 and ordered to pay £15 offender levy. Ms McDonnell is also required…

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