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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Now Open

NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NEWRY MOURNE & DOWN AREA  ARE YOU READY? Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the government announced a £67m Gigabit…

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Down Pupils Face Economic Disadvantage On Meals

South Down socio-economic divisions are as deep as ever with over twice as many non- grammar school pupils entitled to free school meals as their grammar school counterparts, according to a Killyleagh teacher. Carney Cumper, President of the Ulster Teachers’ Union and a teacher at Killyleagh Integrated Primary, was commenting…

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SERC Students Cook Up Success At IFEX

A team of hospitality and catering students from the Downpatrick Campus of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) are celebrating after winning a host of medals and awards at the prestigious hospitality trade show, IFEX Chef Skills 2018, which took place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre Belfast. Local students from SERC’s school of hospitality,…

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Disability Sports Hub Launched Across District

Disability Sports Hub Launched to Develop Disability Sport Throughout the District On Tuesday 10 April, Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew welcomed pupils, parents, teachers and assistants from St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, St Mark’s Secondary School and Disability Sport NI to Newry Leisure Centre to…

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DCDR Launches Campaign To Save NI Thumper

The Thumper  engines defined rail travel in Northern Ireland for four decades, but now it is the end of the line for this veteran of Northern Ireland’s rails. This week the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) has launched a fundraising campaign to safeguard the future of this distinctive Northern…

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Don’t Miss Rural Farm Family Health Day In Killyleagh

At the launch of a Rural Farm Families’ Health event with the Action Cancer Big Bus visiting Killyleagh on May 4 are Rowallane District Electoral Area Forum members Cllr Terry Andrews (chairperson), Cllr Robert Burgess, Cllr William Walker, Cllr Harry Harvey and Brian Gamble; Dee Herron of Killyleagh Football Club, Action Cancer…

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Police Appeal After Mayobridge Burglary

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information after a burglary at a shop on the Hilltown Road in Mayobridge overnight on Wednesday, 11 April into Thursday, 12 April. Detective Sergeant Johnston said: “The proprietor of the shop arrived had closed the property at 10.30pm on the Wednesday and arrived at 7.30am yesterday morning (Thursday, 12 April)…

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Top Marks For Agri Student From Katesbridge

Kirsty McNeilly from Katesbridge, County Down has received the First Trust Bank Bursary Award from First Trust Bank’s agriculture managers, Eoin Donnelly and Sheena McFlynn. Kirsty, a student at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Loughry Campus, achieved top marks in the college’s Global Marketing module as…

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Free Session On Internet Safety For Parents

Is your child safe using the Internet? Do you feel competent enough to monitor your child’s connections on the Internet? Is you child safe from trolls and paedophiles? On Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 7.00 pm, the PSNI are offering an information evening on Internet Safety to parents of primary school children…

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Downpatrick Beaver Scouts Win A Bel Tent

The Beaver scouts were all smiles with Scouters Denise Pyper (leader of the Downpatrick Beaver Scouts) and Louise Rooney, who won the Bel tent for the scouts as part of The Big Lunch’s Youth Got Community Spirit Competition last year) were awarded a £50 food and materials voucher at their…

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Comber Project Gets Injection Of Alpha Funding

Comber Regeneration Community Partnership has outlined exciting plans to transform a disused civic amenity site thanks to £44,500 of funding awarded through the Alpha Programme. The derelict site, which is owned by Ards and North Down Borough Council will be transformed to become a focal point of the community, managed…

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Next Two Weeks Critical For Fodder Says UFU

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is monitoring the pressures on farmers to feed their livestock following a prolonged and wet winter. UFU President Barclay Bell said: “We are monitoring the fodder situation on a daily basis through our group offices to try and gauge the situation across different areas. We would…

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UFU Concerned Over The Crop Rule

UFU says ‘three-crop rule’ is near impossible to adhere to this winter. The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the relentless wet weather has made the ‘three crop rule’ for arable and horticultural growers particularly challenging, following a prolonged wet winter. UFU president Barclay Bell says: “The Union would like to ask…

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Shimna College Teacher Wins Peace Writing Prize

Northern Ireland writers have come out top in a global writing competition. And teacher Mairi McCurdy from Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle County Down along with Strathearn School pupil Elena Gourley, have come first and runner-up in their respective categories in the Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition. The competition, an initiative…

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 Hazzard Does Political Tour Of USA

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP was guest speaker at a number of Easter Rising Commemorative events in the USA over the weekend. The South Down MP travelled to Chicago and New York where he engaged with Irish American organisations, trade union officials, cross-party US political representatives and Irish government officials….

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