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Police Say Secure Farms For Safer Summer

Many farms, by their nature, are in isolated areas of the countryside and the police are urging rural communities to work with them, and together, to prevent crime and deter criminals over the summer months. Supt. Brian Kee, PSNI Service Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime, said: “It is important…

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MMRT Raffle Photographer’s Print Of Mournes

On a recent callout on the upper slopes of Slieve Berneagh the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT) was snapped by photographer Alistair Hamill while he was watching from the summit of Slieve Binnian. Alistair kindly agreed to give us an A3 framed print of the rescue which featured Rescue 999…

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Ann Is A Volunteer Befriending Champion Says Trust

When Ann retired from work some time ago, she wanted to do something to help someone else. Ann felt that Befriending is giving time to someone who is very lonely. She has found the experience very rewarding and has made a new friend and would now recommend Volunteer Befriending to…

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NI Water Starts Major Restoration Mourne Wall Project

NI Water is about to commence work to restore parts of the historic Mourne Wall, which will benefit the scenic Mournes area. The first phase of work, which is expected to get underway towards the end of May 2017 will see the restoration of a 2.5km section of the Mourne…

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Council Chair Signs Book Of Condolence

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, has signed the book of condolence and invites the people of Newry Mourne and Down to extend a message of sympathy for those who lost their lives on Monday 22 May 2017 in Manchester in a terrorist attack at Manchester…

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Camlough’s Giant Of A Weekend

Following a year of closure and some £3M investment, Camlough Lake is officially open for business with the launch of A Giant of a Weekend on 3rd and 4th June, supported by Newry Mourne and Down District Council. Kick starting with the return of the Crooked Lake Triathalon on Saturday…

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Shannon Welcomes Drugs Find In Ards Peninsula

Jim Shannon, DUP candidate for Strangford in the Westminster election, has called for the general public to let the PSNI have any information that is relevant to drugs in the Ards area. He said: “Following a very high level drugs search across the Ards Peninsula that involved over 200 Customs…

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Anger Over Ards Fire Burning For Four Days

A fire that has been burning for 4-5 days in Newtownards at South Street has filled the air with smoke annoying local residents and politicians alike. Jim Shannon, candidate for Strangford in the Westminster election has called for quick action from Ards and North Down council to stop the smouldering…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For Week Beginning 22nd May 2017

Along with the Downpatrick RGU, we would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for our recent SKYBALL fundraiser. Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon we were able to successfully run with this event at the RGU pitch. The lucky winners were 1st Prize – £1000.00 Taryn Trainor, 2nd Prize – £200.00…

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School Children To Take Part In Footsteps In The Forest

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is preparing for the return of the first of its Giant Adventure festivals, Footsteps in the Forest. The winner of the 2016 Heritage Council of Ireland, Cool for Kids award will take place at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, kicking off the Festival season on…

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Sinn Féin Announces Downpatrick Brexit Event

Speaking in advance of an event involving the Sinn Féin national leadership, who will be in the St Patrick’s Centre on the 30th of May to discuss the implications of Brexit and Tory cuts, Chris Hazzard MLA said: “On the 30th of May I will host an event in the St…

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Ritchie Presses Transport NI Over Killough Road Junction

Margaret Ritchie, SDLP Parliamentary Candidate for South Down, is critical of the inaction of Transport NI for their failure to improve the junction at Downpatrick Road, Killough with the Main Street in the village. Ms Ritchie said: “With Planning Service approving 64 much needed houses to the rear of the Anne Boal…

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Armstrong Welcomes Action On Drugs And Unfit Vehicles

Alliance Westminster candidate for Strangford, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has praised the multi-agency approach that took place on Friday 19th May in Portavogie. As a result of a house search, cannabis, a class B drug, was recovered and taken out of circulation. Kellie Armstrong said: “After hearing the sad news coming…

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EU Commission Plans To Re-Authorise Glyphosate

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the European Commission’s plan to re-authorise glyphosate for ten years is positive. It says, however, it would have preferred a full 15 years reauthorisation, as suggested by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). “This will be a welcomed relief to…

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Tories On A Corbyn Witch Hunt Over Sky Interview

Brokenshire: Five questions Corbyn MUST answer on the IRA Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is today demanding Jeremy Corbyn and his top team come clean about their true attitudes towards IRA ‘terrorism’ following an interview on a news channel with Jeremy Corbyn on SKY TV.  In recent days Corbyn, his…

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