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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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Saintfield Stabbing Puts Four In Hospital

Following the stabbing in Saintfield early on Sunday morning, a man giving a Newcastle address, Matthew Kane (46),  has been charged with four counts of attempted murder and has been refused bail. Following the attack, four people were taken to hospital with injuries. Detectives in Newry are now appealing for…

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Housing Executive Pushes Boat Out In Portaferry

The Housing Executive has collaborated with a range of organisations to regenerate Portaferry, including the restoration of two properties on Ferry Street. As part of the ‘Heritage in Housing’ scheme, the Housing Executive partnered with Portaferry Regeneration Ltd, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ards and North Down Borough Council to…

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War Anniversary Plans In Killyleagh

Killyleagh is set to stage a series of events to mark the centenary of the guns finally falling silent at the end of the First World War.   A public meeting was held in the town last Thursday night to consider ways of marking the 100th anniversary, including taking part in…

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Businesses Sign Up For The Digital NMD Event

Digital NMD – a dynamic collaboration between Southern Regional College, South Eastern Regional College and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council – is focusing on new and emerging technologies for small business. A new initiative, led by Newry Mourne and Down District Council in partnership with Southern Regional College (SRC) and…

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Portaferry RNLI Rescues Stricken Yacht Off Coast

A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were paged on Monday 12 March 2018, at just after 3.45pm to go to the aid of a man on board a 13-metre yacht which was experiencing engine problems. The man was travelling from Bangor to Ardglass when his engine failed some six miles…

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New Playground For Anahilt Primary School

Anahilt Primary School is celebrating after raising over £8,500 in funding towards a new outdoor playground and equipment following a successful fundraising dinner which took place at Temple Golf Club recently and was sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas. Anahilt Primary School Parent Teacher Association representative, Andrew Gowan, said: “After consultation…

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Deadline Extended For Civic Award Nominations

The deadline for applications for the Ards and North Down Civic Awards has been extended until Friday 23 March. Do you know someone who lives and works in the borough and has made an exceptional contribution to civic life here? If so, it’s not too late to put them forward…

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Proud To Be A Quitter

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is urging thousands of local smokers to stub out their cigarettes and become ‘Proud Quitters’ on No Smoking Day, Wednesday, March 14. Smoking causes 25% of all cancers in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable death and disease, the charity warned. Not only that,…

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EU Countries Visit NI SME’s For Collaboration

Clusters and collaboration make big business sense for SME’s  Delegates from seven European countries have arrived in Northern Ireland to explore how SME’s can collaborate for competitive advantage. The group are part of over 80 delegates, including representatives from local SME’s, attending the “Powering Innovation and Building Capacity” conference organised…

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Shannon Attends Ballyhalbert Layby Meeting

Strangford MP Jim Shannon speaking after the site meeting at the layby opposite the Gospel Hall in Ballyhalbert along with Cllr Nigel Edmund and Brendan Matchett from Transport NI and Richard Britain from Ards and North Down Borough Council has urged TNI  to provide the rock armour that has never…

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Rice Condemns Fly Tipping Near Castlewellan Recycling Centre

Sinn Féin Slieve Croob Councillor John Rice has condemned recent fly-tipping on the Wood Road in between Leitrim and Clanvaraghan. Mr Rice said: “This fly tipping is very annoying to the residents of this area. The people carrying out this act are simply showing complete disrespect for the environment and the residents…

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