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Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues

Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues Review by George Fleeton. Some of the spirit of Bob Dylan was in Down Arts Centre on October 05, mediated for us by a very scholarly audio-visual presentation given by Michael Gray, a Dylanologist. It suffered a bit from TTTT (Too-much Teacher…

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Poots Says Health Reform is a Necessity

“Reform is not an option, it is a necessity”…. Heath Minister Edwin Poots. * * *  The Health Minister has said the rising demand for health care means “we must reform and modernise otherwise we will fail our patients” Minister Poots was speaking to around 150 nurses and midwives at…

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Ruane Says Public In Favour Of Kilkeel School Merger

SINN Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the debate last night in the Assembly on the amalgamation of St Columban’s and St Louis schools in Kilkeel shows public support in favour for the merger. Ms. Ruane said: “The debate in the Assembly last night to discuss the issue of…

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Police Appeals in Castlewellan and Ballynahinch

DETECTIVES continue to appeal for information following an assault on two men in the Main Street area of Castlewellan in the early hours of Sunday 7 October. Police received the report of the assault at approximately 3.50am. It was reported that a group of males assaulted the two men. One…

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Lyric in Olympian Battle for Stirling Prize

THE Lyric Theatre is best known for dramas on-stage but this week the nerves will be off-stage as it awaits the outcome of the judges’ decision for the top prize in architecture – the prestigious Stirling Prize. The Lyric Theatre Belfast is one of just six buildings across the UK…

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Tidy NI and McDonalds Litter Pick on Tyrella Beach

Tidy NI staff and McDonald’s Downpatrick crew members went to the beach recently, but it was no picnic as they carried out a litter pick in the local area.  Everyone got stuck in and the litter pick teams collected nine bags of rubbish from Tyrella beach, significantly improving the aesthetic…

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Castlewellan Notes

* Pride and place this week goes to the Under-10 Boys Footballers who came away with the Bobby Carson Memorial Cup at a tournament organized by the Mayobridge Club on Sunday Morning. The teams taking part were Mayobridge, Drumgath, Newry Mitchels and Castlewellan. The lads have really put their work…

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Ritchie Backs Paediatric Children’s Services Retention

AS political and community support gathers to ensure critical children’s cardiac services remain in Northern Ireland, South Down MP has challenged Health Minister Poots, saying, “Following a meeting last week which was attended by parents of children who have benefited from Paediatric Cardiac services at the Clark Clinic in Belfast,…

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RGU Notes

THE Year 9 Feile got under way during the week, this is basically the U-12 team plus 5 boys from the U-14’s. First up was a match at home under the lights against Bredagh on Monday night. The Hoops raced into an early lead as they dominated the first half…

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Islandderry Fishery Prepares for Winter League

A lot of quailty trout are on the move at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore with the majority of anglers releasing double figure amounts of fish. Father and son Rab and Davy Clements, Banbridge, had a good couple of days with well over 40 trout between them in two outings.  Rab then…

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Sinn Féin to Launch Local Broadband Clinics

With South Down Sinn Féin set to launch a series of local Broadband clinics across the constituency, South Down MLA Chris Hazzard has appealed to rural residents in particular to engage with them in the weeks ahead. Mr Hazzard, a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, said the…

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Sharvin Lends Support to Killough Playgroup

SDLP Down District Councillor Garerh Sharvin has welcomed the recent fundraising efforts in Killough to support the Killough Playgroup. He said: “A fundraiser to help support the great work the playgroup has recognised the work it does for the the community. The day included a toy sale, bouncy castle, raffle,…

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Police Appeal After Serious Newcastle Assaults

POLICE  in Newcastle are appealing for information following an assault on two men in the Main Street area of Castlewellan in the early hours of Sunday 7 October. The report of the assault was received at approximately 3.50am. It was reported that a group of males assaulted the two men….

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First Marriage at New Downshire Civic Centre

AS Newcastle couple Valerie and Lenny Galloway became the first to be married at the new Downshire Civic Centre, there was a double celebration in the air. The wedding took place on Friday 5 October and the rain even held back to allow the newlyweds an opportunity to gather a…

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Downpatrick Choral Society To Present Joseph

St Patrick’s Choral Society Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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