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Walker And Andrews To Tee Up At Bright GC

The golfing greats will be out in force at Bright Castle Golf Club once again this coming June to raise vital funds for deserving local charities. Rowallene Councillors Billy Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP) has already ran a number of successful fund-raising events over the past two years for…

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Downpatrick Jockey Wins On First Race At Ayr

Downpatrick teenager Daniel McMenamin  had a dream start to his racing career at Ayr when winning on his first ever racecourse ride on Western Rules trained by his boss Nicky Richards. The 17-year old came through to excellent advantage when winning in a photo finish.  The local amateur rider, a…

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B175 Road Near Ballynahinch To Get £187,000 Upgrade

£187,000 road improvement scheme on B175 Edendarriff Road, Ballynahinch. A £187,000 road improvement scheme on the B175 Edendarriff Road, Ballynahinch starts on Monday 26 March 2018. The scheme, which will involve drainage works and the resurfacing of a 1.7km stretch of the B175 Edendarriff Road from its junction with Drumaroad Hill…

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Ardglass Mum Praises Support From Mencap

Today 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day. Down News is featuring a touching article of Aileen Hamill from Ardglass and her daughter Nicola as she shares her very positive experience they have had with Mencap. Aileen Hamill has explained how Mencap have helped her family ahead of World Down Syndrome…

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McGrath Opposes Exit From Digital Single Market

South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has said that Theresa May’s plan to withdraw from the EU digital single market will see the return of roaming charges and signal dropout along the Irish border. McGrath said: “It’s clear that the British Government has no idea of the real depth of…

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Police are urging members of the public to protect themselves against fraudsters who claim to represent HMRC and trick them into making a bogus payment.  The warning comes after more than a dozen reports were made to police on Friday 16 March, where residents in the Holywood and Bangor areas…

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Survey Shows People Want To Speak Irish

Survey shows people want more opportunities to speak Irish – now is your chance, on Lá na Meán Sóisialta! Positive opinions on the Irish language have been demonstrated in a survey by Kantar Millward Brown – celebrate with #LNMS18. 1,085 people were interviewed at 66 sampling points in the south…

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Hazzard Says UK Needs Sound Brexit Proposals

Onus on British government to bring forward credible proposals says Hazzard. Sinn Féin South Down MP Chris Hazzard said the onus is on the British government to bring forward credible proposals on Brexit in order to safeguard trade and rights in the North. Speaking after the publication of a Westminster…

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Down Royal Transferred To Monday March 19

Following the cancellation of the Down Royal meeting scheduled for Saturday March 17, as parts of the track were unfit for racing due to waterlogging, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has announced that this meeting will now go ahead on Monday March 19 2018. The original entries will stand and fresh declarations must…

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SERC Students Drive To Succeed

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) recently hosted a presentation ceremony for students who have completed the Driving to Success programme. Driving to Success is a joint programme between SERC and the Downpatrick Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and is funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD). The local project aims to…

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Shortcross Gin Triples Capacity In Major Development

The makers of the award-winning Shortcross Gin have completed a significant £2.5million redevelopment of their Co. Down based distillery, which will treble production capacity. Shortcross Gin was the first gin to be distilled in Northern Ireland bringing the total investment up to £4.5million. Rademon Estate Distillery located near Crossgar in County…

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NSPCC Enlist Business Community To Fight Child Abuse

Business people are being urged to sign up to innovative new NSPCC training to help them spot children at risk of abuse and neglect. The charity’s ‘It’s Your Call’ training is designed to give local businesses and sole traders whose job involves visiting customer’s homes, the knowledge and confidence to…

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Extension To Reduced RHI Tariff  Is Unacceptable says UFU 

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the extension of the reduced RHI tariff rates for a further 12 months is unfair to farmers who did not create the crisis the RHI scheme became. It says they are being made scapegoats for the failures of others.  Instead of taking the easy option…

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Giant St Patrick Lands In Downpatrick

And he’s arrived!!! Has anyone spotted Saint Patrick yet? Newry Mourne and  Down District Council would love to see your pictures with him, make sure to add #GiantStPatrick with your picture. #HoSP  Don’t miss the St Patrick’s Parade in Downpatrick and Newry on Saturday 17th March.    

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Big Apple Hit By Comber Spud

Mash Direct launches in the USA Fresh, mashed potatoes grown on a farm in Comber will be available in the US for the first time ever this month when a 6th generation Irish farming family, Mash Direct, brings its range of locally-grown vegetable side dishes to shelves in New York….

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