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A Taste of Ulster at Westminster

JIM Shannon, MP for Strangford, along with DUP Parliamentary colleagues has this week had an Ulster Cake presented to the Group by Conservative MP Andrew Rossindell at Westminster. Mr Shannon said: “Andrew is a good friend of Unionists in NI and has spoken on and visited Northern Ireland on numerous…

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Visit Paddy’s Market in Downpatrick

Call in to Paddy’s Market in the Down Arts Centre in Downpatrick. Have a look around the many stalls. 

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Catering students Wisk Up Success

A team of Hospitality and Catering students from the Downpatrick Campus of SERC have won a host of medals and awards at the hospitality trade show, IFEX Chef Skills 2012, in the Kings Hall, Belfast. Students from SERC’s School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism took part in the three day…

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Revival of Support for Narrow Water Bridge

HAVING been swept aside due to a lack of finance, plans to construct the Narrow Water Bridge have been rekindled by a number of political representatives from South Down, writes Kathleen Rice… The Bridge which would link North Louth with South Down and open up a much needed economic trade…

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Lecale SDLP Reps Attend Belfast Youth Conference

THE Lecale branch of the SDLP attended their recent annual Youth Conference in Belfast. Margaret Ritchie MP, Councillor Gareth Sharvin and SDLP branch member Peter Canavan gathered for the conference which was held in St.Paul’s on the Falls Road, West Belfast. Speaking at the conference Councillor Sharvin said: “It is…

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Clarke Welcomes Improvements in Dundrum

THE clearing of blocked guilles along the footpath on Main Street in Dundrum has been welcomed by Newcastle Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke. Councillor Clarke said : “A number of water guilles were completely blocked and overgrown along the grass verge, which resulted during heavy rain in excess water lying on…

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Hamilton Welcomes Marine Task Force To Castle Espie

THE Deputy Chair of Stormont’s Environment Committee Simon Hamilton has welcomed the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force (NIMTF) to a seminar at Castle Espie… Downpatrick Railway Backs Tourism Plan THE Downpatrick and County Down Railway has offered its backing to Down District Council’s ambitious plans for tourism in the district. A…

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Internet Campaign To Tackle Rising Tide Of Child Abuse

A leading child psychologist has said that one in five children experience severe maltreatment in their childhood. New National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) figures show people in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust wait at least a month to report child abuse once…

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Marine Bill Causes Waves Of Reaction

Action to protect species native to Northern Ireland seas took a major step forward with progress of the Marine Bill being debated at the Northern Ireland Assembly, last week… CROSSGAR singer/songwriter Eoghan Johnson is making a name for himself. Already well known as a rock musician for a number of…

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Thief Steals Quad Of Top Down Rider

A BARE-FACED and heartless thief has stolen a high spec quad under the noses of participants and spectators at a racing event on Saturday (10 March). Young quad star and one of County Down’s top racers, Emma McQuaid, had her quad stolen at the practice session at Tinkerhill race track…

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People Power Saves Ballymorran Bay

RESIDENTS from Killinchy have proved ‘People Power’ can achieve great things when it comes to lobbying Government, writes Kathleen Rice… THE birth of Hans Sloane in Killyleagh in April 1660 will again be celebrated this year in the town with a number of exciting events from a chocolate ball, a…

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EU Threatens Assembly Over Strangford Lough

THE natural assets of Strangford Lough are being destroyed claimed environmental groups following a recent debate in the Assembly… ENVIRONMENTAL groups have claimed the natural assets of Strangford Lough are being destroyed following a debate at Stormont recently. The management of Strangford Lough has come under review by the European…

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De La Salle Lip Dub Goes Viral

It’s  sweeping America and Europe and now it;s in Downpatrick. The latest craze of  lip dubs has come one step closer as pupils from the De La Salle High School in Downpatrick make their own fantastic lib dub You Tube video. DOWN FM105 welcomed Jayne Trimble and Julia Reeder to the…

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Warden Appeals To Dog Owners

A DOG warden in the Down District area has appealed to dog owners to update their details regularly in order for the new microchipping legislation to work, writes Kathleen Rice… SAINTFIELD woman Gemma Mullan will be running for Friends of the Cancer Centre in the 2012 Belfast Marathon on Bank…

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Robbers Attack 91-Year Old Woman

A NEW Down Rose will be selected at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Wednesday evening (4 April). It is a huge honour for a Rose to represent their county and the contestants will pass through the final stages before a final winner is crowned at the Canal Court…

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