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MB McGrady And Co Raise Funds For Cancer Charity

M.B. McGrady Chartered Accountants have raised £2000 for the Cancer Fund For Children. One of the largest and most-respected independent chartered accountancy practices in Northern Ireland, which has offices in Downpatrick, Newtownards and Belfast, chose the local charity as its official charity partner in 2016, and the company has been embarking upon a…

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Dundrum Cricketers Get Set For New Season

Dundrum Cricket Club face their toughest season for many years this year, and with no overseas coach and many of the younger players sitting exams the club may well struggle to field both of their senior teams in all matches. The club also expects to lose some of their younger players…

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NIHE Says Ensure You Are Insured

Each year, families across Northern Ireland have had to face up to the reality of replacing carpets and furnishings after heavy rain or burst pipes caused flooding in their homes. Some did not have their possessions insured. In the case of tenants of the Housing Executive or housing associations, the…

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Four Week Dementia Training Course Available

Do you, or someone you know, support or care for a family member, friend or neighbour with dementia? Kelly Barbour, Dementia Healthcare Co-ordinator with 3FiveTwo Healthcare, said:  “We are offering a great opportunity to informal caregivers who would like to gain the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to better equip…

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Brady Condemns Paisley Remarks On Dead IRA Volunteer

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady for Newry and South Armagh has branded the comments of a DUP MP over the fatal shooting of an unarmed IRA volunteer 26 years ago as “disgraceful”. The Newry and Armagh MP said: “Remarks by the DUP’s Ian Paisley about the RUC shooting of unarmed…

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Alliance Leader Calls For Talks To Continue

Alliance Leader Naomi Long has said it would be “disgraceful” for any party to use the impending General Election to stall or withdraw from the current talks process, however she added the chances of a deal were now more remote. Mrs Long was speaking after Theresa May announced a snap…

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Opening Of Interim Horse Riding Trails in Castlewellan Forest Park

Newry Mourne and Down District Council has worked closely with the Mourne Heritage Trust to develop horse riding trails within Castlewellan Forest Park on an interim basis, pending the outcome of a study into horse riding in the longer term within the forests of Mourne. It is anticipated that the…

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Police Appeal After Comber Burglaries

Police are appealing for witnesses following two burglaries at premises in Comber Square in Comber over the Easter holiday period. It was reported that sometime between 6pm on Saturday 15 April and 9am this morning Wednesday 19 April, a Hair Salon had been entered. It is not believed that anything…

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Ginella’s Journeys To Feature Ardglass Golf Club

Almost six million households in USA are to view Golf Channel’s Northern Ireland special – and Ardglass Golf Club will be included. Tourism NI welcomed Matt Ginella of the Golf Channel’s popular Ginella’s Journeys to Northern Ireland this week to explore the world-class golf courses and hospitality Northern Ireland has to…

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Saintfield’s White Horse Inn Under New Reins

The White Horse Inn in Saintfield has a new owner. Local publican Gavin Bates, leaseholder of the popular Ryan’s Bar on the Lisburn Road, Belfast, has recently expanded his bar and restaurant portfolio with the help of commercial property consultants GVA NI. In an off-market deal which has doubled the…

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DAERA Seeks Proposals For Group Environmental Farming Projects

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has issued a call for facilitators to run ‘Group’ projects for farmers who are participating in the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS). Group projects are to promote co-ordinated activity among EFS agreement holders to enhance environmental outcomes in certain areas such as…

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Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle RTA On Ballydugan Road

Police have confirmed that an 18-year old man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the Ballydugan Road outside Downpatrick last night, Tuesday 18 April. He was the driver of a Peugeot 207 car that was involved in the collision at around 10.30pm close to the Lake…

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Horatio Group Toasts Success

The 350-year-old Coaching Inn and iconic Downpatrick bar, locally known as ‘Denvir’s’, has been shortlisted for a National Pub & Bar Awards.  The oldest surviving coaching inn in Ireland, Denvir’s Coaching Inn in Downpatrick, is toasting success after being named Best Pub in County Down in the 2017 UK National Pub…

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SOMA Festival Gears Up In Castlewellan

Castlewellan’s flagship family festival is set to return for a fifth year with renowned Belfast-born singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy opening. The Soma Festival is back with its usual energy, the festival team working around the clock to produce a programme full of great music, folk sessions, local food and a host…

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Ballee Bowlers Dedicate New Gates To Deceased Members

Anne Wills from Ardglass officially opened the new gates for Ballee Bowling Club at the start of the 2017 season to commemorate the sad loss of all club members in the past, notably Tom Wills, Collette Bryce and Fergus Artt who passed away in 2016.  

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