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Ruane Concerned at Kilkeel Decline

Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has met with the Kilkeel Development Association to discuss the economic and physical future of Kilkeel. Ms. Ruane said: “I held a constructive meeting with the Association on the work it carries out on behalf of the entire community in Kilkeel. “Provincial towns have been hit…

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Blackwater Integrated College Celebrates Achievement

SPEAKING at the recent Celebration of Achievement, Blackwater Integrated College Principal Dr Olwen Griffith said that the College had recorded some significant experiences in the past year. These were the  the College’s first production, ‘Cinderella’, which played to packed houses in January; participation in KEY and LET programmes with Young…

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Ritchie Commends Dunsford Playgroup

Margaret Ritchie MP has offered her congratulations to Dunsford Old School’s baby and toddler group on their success in securing their new children’s’ resources, and for the useful provision they are providing for the community. Ms Ritchie said:  “I am pleased to continue working with the Group, and I am…

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Judi Dench Filming in Rostrevor

SOUTH Down is in the limelight once again as top screen and stage actress Judi Dench, who has played the MI6 spymaster ‘M’ seven times in James Bond films, is filming her latest movie in Rostrevor. Skyfall, her most recent Bond film, is currently breaking box office records. Chris Hazzard…

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Sniffer Dogs Appeal by Falco K9 UK

Falco K9 Academy UK Seeks Sniffer Dogs Dear Editor, Falco K9 Academy UK Based in Newcastle Co-Down N.Ireland are about to partake in new trials to help prevent a disease that can take a life. We are looking for a number of dogs to help in the trials. So if you…

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SSA Say Beware of Pension Telephone Scam

THE Social Security Agency (SSA) is urging vigilance over a telephone scam which has come to light. The scam, which has been reported by a number of customers, involves people being played an automated message when they answer their telephone. The message, it is claimed, comes from the Pension Service…

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Ritchie Calls for SDLP Voice in Brussels

SOUTH DOWN MP Margaret Ritchie has said that local politicians must do more to push for reforms of agricultural policy in Brussels that create a fairer future for the industry across Ireland. Speaking at the SDLP Conference in Armagh on Saturday 10 November Ms Ritchie said: “The next few years in Brussels are crucial…

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Culture Minister invites people to Ulster-Scots consultation events

CULTURE Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is encouraging people with an interest in Ulster-Scots to attend Development and Research Strategy consultation events in Lisburn and Omagh this week. A draft Development and Research Strategy and associated Grants Scheme for the Ministerial Advisory Group – Ulster-Scots Academy known as MAGUS, went out…

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Rogers Calls for Clear Strategy for School Leadership

SDLP education spokesperson South Down MLA Seán Rogers has said that proper investment in leadership development for teachers is paramount in creating a culture of self-assessment and improvement at our schools. He was speaking during a motion on inspection reports in schools at the Assembly on Tuesday. Mr Rogers, a…

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See Elvis at the Owenbeg

 Sing Along with Elvis at the Owenbeg Bowling Club Tickets available from Richard Butchers and Flowers by Tracey in Downpatrick

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Shannon Welcomes Grant for Fishing Village

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, has welcomed the grant of £8000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund providing support for Portavogie Maritime Culture and Heritage project. He said: “This grant id very significant for Portavogie as it enables this project to invigorate, educate and raise awareness about the Portavogie Maritime  group…

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Bryansford GAC Notes

Good luck to the various members and helpers at the club who not only manage and coach our club teams but also have similar roles with the various county squads. Special mention to club member Eamon Burns who has been ratified by the Down County Board as a selector for…

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O’Neill Welcomes Increased Recycling

NEWCASTLE area  SDLP Councillor and the Chairman of Down District Councils’ Environment Committee, Eamonn ONeill, has spoken out following the publication of recycling statistics across the North. Councillor O’Neill said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the continued reduction in Household waste being sent to Landfill. Across the North there has been an…

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One App and Two Generations… De La Salle at W5

As part of the European Year for Active Ageing between the Generations, Year 10 pupils from De La Salle High School attended an event called One App, Two Generations at W5. Senior citizens from the local community of Ballyhackamore and the pupils from De La Salle considered the issues around…

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Downpatrick Christkindl Festival is Launched

DOWNPATRICK will come alive this festive season with characters from Christmases Past, Present and Future, as part of Christkindl Festival’s `A Christmas Carol’ theme, and the launch of a wonderful series of festive events across the district including the official Christmas Switch-On of the Christmas lights on Friday 30 November…

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