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Local Students Win Business Awards At Ulster Uni

Neva Boyle, from Ballynahinch and a former pupil at SERC in Downpatrick, along with Aoife Campbell, who studied at Down High School, are celebrating success after winning top awards at the Ulster University Business School. Neva, who is completing a BSc (Hons) degree in International Hospitality Management has won the…

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Book A Free GDPR Workshop With SERC

SERC is offering a free General Data Protection Regulation workshop for local businesses. Regulations are changing and failure to comply by May could result in heavy fines for your business. Get up to speed! Sessions will be held in the Downpatrick and Lisburn Campuses.    

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Ards Man Gets Suspended Sentence For £21,227 Benefit Fraud 

A man was convicted at Newtownards Crown Court today for claiming £21,227 benefits he was not entitled to. Thomas Carson (61) of Rathmullan Drive, Newtownards claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £21,227 while failing to declare a pension. He was given a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months….

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See Lives In Translation At The Lyric Theatre

Lives in Translation by Rosemary Jenkinson Following its sold out premiere at the Belfast International Arts Festival, we are delighted to be bringing Lives in Translation on an Ireland wide tour this February and March. Lives in Translation is a hard hitting play that celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one…

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Gaeltacht Bursary Proposal Causes Council Row

Councillors in Newry Mourne and Down discussed providing support for a bursary for those seeking to go to a Gaeltacht in Donegal. The bursaries to cover 50% of course fees up to a maximum of £300 were to attend Irish language courses, Gaeltacht Colleges and Third Level study. The Irish…

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Council Chair Calls For More Social Housing

Newry Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, met with representatives from Clanmil Housing Group together with local political representatives on Monday 12 February 2018, to discuss delivering more social housing for the district. Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said: “The meeting addressed the assistance that can be given to identify…

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Rice Concerned About Rural Road Potholes

Sinn Féin Councillor John Rice has urged the Department for Infrastructure to repair potholes and road edging on rural Roads. Speaking after viewing a particularly deep and dangerous pothole on the Cauley’s Pipe Road at Ballywillwill, the Slieve Croob representative said: “The issues of potholes has been raised with me…

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Play And Stay Stay Safe this Mid Term Says NI Water

The mid-term holidays are here, and many young people will be taking time to enjoy it and have fun outdoors.   With that in mind, NI Water would like to take this opportunity of reminding parents and young people about the dangers of playing near treatment works, reservoirs and construction sites….

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McGrath Attends All Party Meeting On Mesh Issue

South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has attended an All Party Grouping to discuss the mesh issue. The Assembly Member said: “Whilst this is primarily an issue for women, it was discussed that some men with hernia operations have been left in a similar scenario. So let’s hope that some…

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Beth Nielsen Chapman To Sing In Portaferry

‘Music by Beth Nielsen Chapman’ is coming to the  Portico in Portaferry on Easter Monday, 2 April 2018.                                                                  …

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I’ll Tell My Ma On At The Lyric

I’ll Tell My Ma is a hilarious one-woman show by Patricia Gormley charting the adventures and mis-adventures in the life of four generations of one West Belfast family.  Come and meet Belfast’s funniest, maddest and most lovable family, Starring Christina Nelson (Handbag Positive) and directed by Alan McKee (History of…

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Trackars Communications Breakfast On Track for Downpatrick

Local businesses, GP’s and practice staff are invited to attend an upcoming Breakfast Event in the Down County Museum in Downpatrick, hosted by Trackars Healthcare and taking place on Tuesday 27 February. The breakfast event will centre around the importance of communications – in day-to-day life and in the workplace – …

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Roisin Howell Steps In For Stephen Burns

Castlewellan woman Roisin Howell (39) has been selected by Sinn Féin to replace Stephen Burns on Newry Mourne and Down District Council. Roisin has been a party member for ten years and for the past four years took on the role of chairperson of the Newcastle Comhaltas branch as she has a…

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Jimmy’s 10K Goes Platinum With MB McGrady And Co

Downpatrick’s biggest athletics event is set to pound the pavements in just four weeks’ time. Now in its 20th year, Jimmy’s 10k race, organised by East Down Athletic Club and supported by M.B. McGrady & Co Chartered Accountants, is taking place on Sunday 18 March and the event which is celebrating its…

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Killyleagh IPS In Need Of Repair

Strangford MP Jim Shannon speaking after the meeting with Roger Sayers of the Education Authority and the Principal of Killyleagh Integrated Primary School Jason Milliken, chair of the Board of Governors along with Cllr Billy Walker and Cllr Andrews, said: “This meeting was about trying to find a way forward…

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