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Come Enjoy The Skiff Racing This Weekend

At Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh. SATURDAY 22nd JULY Coastal Rowing Skiff Racing From 10 – 5pm. Race Village & Food Village at the Shore 10am- 5pm. Live music, Food Village, Kids arts & crafts (make your own boat), Ulster Wildlife, Cuarrach, RNLI, Wood turning & Traditional Rope Making demonstrations, Wood…

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Council Staff Perform Murder They Baked At Canal Court

Murder They Baked, had the Adam’s Apples of the diners gulping as the who-dun-it mystery unfolded! On Friday 7 July, Newry Mourne and Down District Council and the Canal Court Hotel and Spa presented ‘Murder They Baked’, a new murder mystery dinner experience. Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson,…

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Family Planning Clinics Reopened In Downe Hospital

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is pleased to announce that the Sexual and Reproductive Health (Family Planning) Clinics have now reopened in the Downe Hospital. There will be two clinics per week . The clinics will be open on Tuesday mornings from 10.00am – 12.30pm and Thursday…

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Awards For All Supports Down Community Groups

Community groups in the South Down area are celebrating after being awarded National Lottery funding. Ladies of Mourne are amongst the 85 groups across Northern Ireland who are sharing £746,713 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme (full list of awards in separate attachment). Ladies of Mourne in Kilkeel…

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McGrath Says School Finance Crisis Is A Priority

Colin McGrath MLA, SDLP Education spokesperson, has warned that the additional resource made available to the Department of Education will not be enough to tackle the oncoming school budget crisis. He said: “Obviously more resources for our schools are welcome. But £30m isn’t a good news story when scores of schools are…

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Free Ferry For Foot Passengers On Portaferry Gala Night

Strangford Ferry fares for foot passengers will be suspended after 3.00pm on Friday during the Portaferry Gala Night. The suspension will allow ferry crews to safely manage the very large crowds of passengers using the ferry service on Gala Night. The suspension, which will help minimise queuing and crowding in the…

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Belfast’s Grand Opera House To Get Facelift

Over the next three months Belfast’s Grand Opera House will be enveloped in scaffolding while the brickwork of the exterior is cleaned, and the iconic masonry repainted. Throughout this time the Theatre will remain open and continue to welcome audience members as normal.   The Grand Opera House was designed…

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DAERA Opens EMFF For Fishing Communities

Plans For £2.3million Investment Strategy For Fishing Communities The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is inviting experienced organisations to help deliver a £2.3million sustainable development strategy for local fishing communities. Northern Ireland has been allocated €13.78million (10%) of the UK’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund financial allocation…

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Come See The Skiffie Racing At Delamont

The Strangford Lough Skiffie event starts this Saturday 22nd July at 10am In just three days’ time, competitors from across the island of Ireland and Scotland will take to the shores of Strangford Lough for a thrilling weekend of Skiffie boat racing. A busy schedule of more than 20 races will…

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Castlewellan Show Draws Big Crowds On 50th Anniversary

Crowds Surge To Celebrate Castlewellan Agricultural Show’s 50 Anniversary. Check out 100+ photos on Down News Facebook Despite some overnight rain, this year’s Castlewellan Show saw the biggest crowd in a number of years.  Committee members were joined by Newry, Mourne & Down District Chairperson Roisin Mulgrew, DAERA Permanent Secretary…

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FSB Welcomes Brokenshire’s Statement

Allocating expenditure a relief but agreement needed to escape limbo says FSB. Responding to today’s announcement by James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Wilfred Mitchell OBE, FSB NI Policy Chair said: “The FSB welcomes today’s Written Ministerial Statement on Northern Ireland’s finances, as it gives temporary relief…

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NSPCC Reveals Fears Of Children being Left Alone Over Hols

A leading children’s charity, the NSPCC, has revealed fears over children in Northern Ireland being left home alone during the summer holidays. * Dozens of referrals from the NSPCC’s Helpline have been made to local agencies. * As school summer holidays continue, the NSPCC offers guidance on leaving children home alone. The…

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David Healy Says Take A Hike Up Donard For Tiny Life

  The sky is the limit for footballing duo David Healy, the highest goal scorer for Northern Ireland and Caragh Milligan from Lisburn, the youngest ever footballer to represent a Northern Ireland International team. And the sky could be your limit too if you join TinyLife, Northern Ireland’s premature and…

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Use Correct Bins For Waste Says Ards Council

Recycling Revolution With over eighty per cent of everything we discard in our homes now recyclable, Ards and North Down Borough Council is reminding residents to dispose of items in the correct bin. Part of the Council’s recycling revolution that last year saw an incredible 133% more food waste correctly…

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£180,000 A22 Improvement Scheme Near Killyleagh

A £180,000 road improvement scheme on the A22 Comber Road, Killyleagh is due to commence on Monday 24 July 2017. The scheme will involve drainage works and the resurfacing of a 1.1 km stretch of the A22 Comber Road from the Tullymanous Road junction. To facilitate the works a temporary…

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