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Two Injured After Ballynahinch Attacks

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following a serious assault in the Windmill Gardens area of Ballynahinch during the early hours of the morning, Saturday 18th August. Shortly after 4am police attended a report of a man being assaulted in the Windmill Gardens area. A 21-year old man received two slash…

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Comber Gets First Tourist Information Point

COMBER now has its first dedicated visitor service, with the installation of a tourist information point at the town’s leisure centre. The use by Ards Borough Council of its leisure centre as a tourism hub means visitors have access seven days a week to the range of guides to the…

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O’Neill Looks Into Poultry Litter Processing Technologies

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has held meetings this week to discuss alternative technologies for utilising poultry litter. The Minister met with representatives of companies which are currently developing proposals for utilising poultry litter by Anaerobic Digestion (AD) technology in combination with other processes. Speaking afterwards Minister O’Neill said: “The local…

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Saintfield Health Centre Embracing Integrated Care Says Poots

Health Minister Edwin Poots visited Saintfield Health Centre to see at first hand the important role that family doctors and their practices play within the local community. The Minister took time to tour the Centre on Tuesday 14 August and speak with the Practice Manager, partners and staff providing community…

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Summer Music in Rural Ireland

Summer Music in Rural Ireland: Loughcrew, Calary, Downpatrick, Lismore Reviewed by:  George Fleeton. Tucked into the north-west corner of Co. Meath, close to Oldcastle, Loughcrew Garden Opera marked its thirteenth year of operation with an impressively cast and sung Le nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), Mozart’s comic opera from…

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New Public Toilets Welcomed in Killyleagh

MEMBERS of Down District Council’s Disability Awareness Working Group and the Down District Disability Forum inspected the new public toilets in Killyleagh on Monday 13 August. Chairperson of the Disability Awareness Working Group, Down District Councillor Carmel O’Boyle said: “The original public toilets were severely vandalised in 2011 and have…

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O’Neill Announces In-Year Deal On Herring Quota

A deal has been secured to increase the catch of Irish Sea herring. Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA announced that a deal had been secured with the European Commission for an in-year increase to the catch of Irish Sea Herring. The Minister said: “I was disappointed and frustrated that the…

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Climb Slieve Donard For the Friends of the Cancer Centre

THE Mourne Mountains may look stunning from a distance, but the view from the top is even better … and you don’t have to be a modern-day Sir Edmund Hillary to enjoy it! This September, the Friends of the Cancer Centre charity is inviting walkers to round off the Summer with a…

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Join the Mainstay DRP Cycle Run To Majorca

MAINSTAY DRP are calling for you to get on your bike… lietrally. They are fundraising for a dream cause and with a bit of pedal and push anyone who want to join in their next overseas cycling adventure to raise funds is very welcome. Jim Mulholland, said: “For the past…

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Pride of Place Judges Visit Downpatrick Railway

IT was all full steam ahead as judges from the prestigious all-Ireland Pride of Place competition recently visited Downpatrick and County Down Railway (DCDR) to hear first hand about the inspiring voluntary work it does to preserve our railway heritage and promote cultural tourism in Down district. On Thursday 9…

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Festival Of Flight Is Star Spangled Success

  THE B/E Festival of Flight in Newcastle proved to be another outright success with tens of thousands of visitors descending on the seaside town for another bumper packed festival. Now in its third year the Festival of Flight adopted an American theme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival…

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O’Neill Highlights Important Role of Fisheries Protection Vessel

O’Neill Highlights Important Role of Fisheries Protection Vessel Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill has visited her Department’s Fisheries Protection Vessel, Banríon Uladh, which is based at Bangor Marina. The vessel’s name is Irish for ‘Queen of Ulster’ and it operates around the whole coastline and in the Irish Sea. Speaking after…

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O’Neill Raises CAP Reform with Commissioner Ciolos

O’Neill Raises CAP Reform with Commissioner Ciolos Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has met with Commissioner Ciolos to discuss CAP reform. Speaking after the meeting in Wales also attended by Defra Minister Caroline Spelman MP and the other devolved ministers, Minister O’Neill said: “This was another excellent opportunity…

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Farm Safety a Priority Says O’Neill

Farm Safety a Priority  Says O’Neill Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has met with representatives from Farmers For Action to discuss the increasing number of fatalities on farms. Following the meeting the Minister said: “The number of serious accidents and deaths on farms across the north has unfortunately risen in recent…

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Consultation on Cattle Traceability Launched

Consultation on Cattle Traceability Launched The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has launched a consultation seeking views on a number of proposed changes to the cattle traceability system. The main proposal is to allow registered agents to notify information on cattle births, movements and deaths to DARD on…

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