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UFU Urges Farmers To Submit BVD PI Claims

Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president Victor Chestnutt says that farmers will be disappointed that the BVD incentivisation scheme is closing on 30 September and has urged farmers to submit their claim forms. The BVD incentivisation scheme aims to remove persistently infected (PI) animals from herds and was pushed for by the…

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Ballyhornan Youth Club Looking For Volunteers

Ballyhornan Youth Club are looking for volunteers from 16 years and up for the Youth Club Starting in September. * You will get the chance to learn new skills, Work as a Team, Team Building. * You will be gain great experience for their C.V, College and Job Hunting. * You…

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Hazzard Raises South Down Brexit Fears With EU Leader 

Sinn Féin’s South Down MP Chris Hazzard this week met with the European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt MEP in Stormont on Wednesday afternoon and in Dáil Éireann in Dublin on Thursday. The South Down MP used the opportunities to speak with Mr Verhofstadt on issues relating to the border,…

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Police Warn Of Break-Ins Across Down And Armagh

Is your premises safe from burglars? Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a series of burglaries in South Down and South Armagh in recent days. It was reported that sometime overnight Wednesday 20 September entry was forced into a shop on Windmill Street in Ballynahinch. Damage was caused to a…

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Wet And Windy At Downpatrick Races

It was a wet and windy Downpatrick afternoon with testing conditions at the horse racing last Friday. Scotch Beg supplied a local success at the meeting when making all with Andrew Lynch aboard writes Joe Kavanagh. The winner is trained by Andy Oliver who staged a hugely successful open day last…

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Brunel’s Restaurant To Open In Bigger Premises In Newcastle

Fifteen jobs will be created with the opening of Brunel’s new restaurant in Newcastle giving the popular sea-side town in County Down an extra culinary boost.  The award-winning Brunel’s has just announced the relocation of its premises to a larger, 70-seater restaurant, leading to the creation of 15 new jobs.  Due to open…

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Downpatrick Housing Community Network Visit Blackmountain

Downpatrick Housing Community Network Visit Blackmountain Shared Space Project in Belfast. Representatives of Downpatrick Housing Community Network visited Blackmountain Shared Space Project in West Belfast to learn how local residents worked on a cross-community basis to transform a contested interface into a shared space. The event was organised by the…

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Downpatrick Man Wins AJC Group Golf Open

In keeping with the September weather, it was raining prizes at the AJC Group Open at Ardglass Golf Club on Saturday last. The event, sponsored by the AJC Group, the Newcastle-based electrical company, featured an amazing array of prizes, providing a great opportunity for members and visitors alike. One unusual…

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Down Cadets Visit The Sights In Rome

Three local teenagers have been enjoying a Roman adventure as part of a group of Cadets from across Northern Ireland who travelled to the Eternal City this Summer. In an exhausting whistle stop tour Laura Martin (15) from Ballykinler Detachment Army Cadet Force and Matthew (15) and Guy Crichton (13)…

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Dog Owner Charged In Ards Court For Lack Of Care

Mr Daniel Gerrard Taggart of Rockfield Drive in Portaferry was found guilty of two charges under the Welfare Of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 at Ards Magistrates Court. These charges related to Mr Taggart causing unnecessary suffering to his dog and also failing to meet the needs of his dog….

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Kate Adie Coming To Mount Stewart Conversations

BAFTA-winning Kate Adie is among this year’s Mount Stewart Conversations Festival speakers, alongside previously announced Ian Hislop, Rachel Johnson and Rosie Boycott. The group of internationally renowned authors, artists and presenters will each share their experiences, wisdom and advice through a series of talks and panel debates that will take…

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Open Invite From Killyleagh Family History Society

So, who do you think you are? Do you want to find out more about where your ancestors came from? Why not come along to the Killyleagh Family History Society which is holding its first regular meeting of the season on the evening of Monday 2 October in their usual venue,…

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Look After Your Eyes

During National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone to have their eyes tested every two years and to be aware of the importance of good eye health and the steps to take to protect your vision. Dr Jackie McCall, Consultant in…

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Joshua Burnside To Perform In Bangor Castle

On Saturday 23 September at 8pm, the incredibly talented Joshua Burnside will perform with his band in the beautiful Chamber room at Bangor Castle as part of Aspects Festival. Comber-born Joshua cites the music of Columbia, Eastern Europe and North America as the greatest influences on his unique sounds. Deftly…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes For 17 September 2017

Pride of place this week goes to our senior camogie team who won their first ever Intermediate Championship at their first ever attempt 4.7 to 1.3 writes Brian McAlinden. This was an exceptional display by twenty two players from those on the pitch to those girls on the line, some making…

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