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Down River and Coastal Areas Step Closer to Hertitage Grant

THE Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given preliminary approval for a grant of just under £250,000  to a new project to encourage communities living along the rivers and coast of County Down to work along side their local museums and heritage organisations to learn more about their heritage and to develop…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes

Our instrumental Team shone at the East Down Scor Final last week. Well done to our scór na nóg instrumental grúpa ceoil who have reached the County final after a great showing and second overall in the final. Playing The Rookery (reel) and The Rose in the Heather (jig) the…

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Keep Presents Out of View Say Police

POLICE in Down are advising the community to be mindful of home security in the weeks before Christmas. It is around this time of year that households start erecting Christmas trees and other decorations that take pride of place in the home and are displayed in such a way that…

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WarerAid Appeals for Funds in Novel Way

LOCAL County Down children have been making a wish with a difference. To celebrate World Toilet Day on 19 November, NI Water’s education team have been helping the children make their very own ‘wishing loo’ to raise funds for WaterAid.  The children can throw money into the ‘toilet’ and make…

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Beyond Receives Recognition for Its Role in Enterprise

DOWN District Council’s Beyond Business Programme was selected by the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) to participate in its Annual Conference in Dublin which took place earlier this month. Taking place over two days with over 400 attendees from more than 40 countries, the Beyond programme was chosen…

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Ash Dieback Disease Found in County Down

ASH dieback has arrived in Northern Ireland. The first finding in the north of Ireland of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, has been confirmed. The disease of ash trees which is caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea, was identified in young ash saplings at five sites…

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Knife Robbery in Ballynahinch Off License

A robbery in a Ballynahinch off license has left a member of staff badly shaken.  Detectives in Downpatrick are appealing for information following the armed robbery on the Drumaness Road area of the town on the evening of Saturday 17 November. At approximately 9pm, a young man armed with a…

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Culture Minister Wants to Hear Views About Líofa

CULTURE Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is asking Líofa participants to take part in a survey to help with the future shape of the Líofa campaign. Líofa 2015 was launched over a year ago to encourage people from all backgrounds to take-up the Líofa challenge and reach fluency in the Irish…

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Warning From Police to Drunk Drivers

Following an increase in the number of drivers observed under the influence of alcohol, police in Down are warning of the dangers of driving while under the influence. Officers have reported the increase has occurred over the last month. PSNI C District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said there is…

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Thieves Target Health Care Centres In Down District

POLICE in Newcastle are appealing for information on a fire at a doctor’s surgery in Causeway Place. Officers responded to an alarm at the premises on 14 October at 10pm and found the front porch to be on fire. Fire Service personnel also arrived and extinguished the flames. Police are…

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Advertise in Down News – Special Offer for Local Businesses – Find Customers Online

Down News is Offering a Very Special Deal in Advertising which Runs Up Until 31 December 2012.  Phone Jim Masson today at 028 44 615690 or email [email protected] Get ahead. Get advertising online. www.downnews.co.uk    

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Hinch II’s Too Strong For Cooke

Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup – Quarter Final Cooke  10     –     Ballynahinch II’s   50 Chris Parker Reports from Shaw’s Bridge Hinch went into the Junior Cup quarter final full of confidence after two good wins in the conference league but they were aware of the…

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Female Singers Taking to the Stage in Downpatrick

DOWN Arts Centre welcomes four fantastic female singer / songwriters, Eilidh Patterson, Edelle McMahon and Sorcha and Hannah, to take the stage at 8pm on Saturday 24 November writes Rachel Kennedy. Eilidh Patterson is back with her second album, This Is Now.  This Derry girl has been delighting audiences across the UK…

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Wheelie Bin Thefts and Damage Cause Upsets in Community

AS wheelie bins continue to be damaged and stolen across Down District, C District PSNI and the recently formed Down Police and Community partnership have joined forces  to raise awareness about this issue which affects may elderly , needy and vulnerable, people across the district. PCSP Chairperson Councillor Carmel O’Boyle…

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Rooney Fish Invests in Innovation for Export

Rooney Fish based in Kilkeel is to increase its investment in innovation with the help of Invest Northern Ireland. As the Northern Ireland seafood industry adapts to the challenges of the economic recession, the family owned and managed company, which currently exports its entire output of shellfish, is investing in…

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