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Building Control Convention for Newcastle

Developing Northern Ireland,  the annual Building Control Convention is to be held in Slieve Donard Resort and Spa on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November 2012. The convention will bring together representatives from Planning, Building Control, Economic Development and the Industry to examine and establish where efficiencies, synergies and opportunities exist to…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes

* It is with great sadness that we open this week’s notes with the sad news of the passing of Pat Rodgers former Player, Manager, Chairman, Trustee, President of our Club and brother of our current Club President Kevin Rodgers. Pat was Castlewellan through and through and had a life-long…

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Ardglass GAC Weekly Notes

The  Club AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 19th upstairs in the clubrooms. Any member who is yet to received their nomination form, please contact Ryan Kelly [email protected] Saturday night club is on this Saturday at Ardtole clubrooms, 7-10pm, and the bus will leave from  the area besides…

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Poots announces £2.75m for MRI scanner at Children’s Hospital

Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced an investment of £2.75m for an MRI Scanner at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. After much fundraising and lobbying by the MRI support group and others, light is now at the end of the tunnel. The Minister was speaking at a Strictly…

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Project Thando Christmas Concert Returns

Project Thando Christmas Concert Returns After a successful inaugural year the Project Thando Christmas Concert is making its return on Thursday 6 December 2012. Doors Open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets cost £8.00 and includes light Christmas refreshments. Warrenpoint Silver Band will be the headline…

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Rugby Player Develops Innovative Lifting Device

RUGBY LIFT in Belfast has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop an innovative and award winning technical training aid that will assist and enhance lineout coaching. The product invented by Phil Patterson, who plays in the middle of the back row for Civil Service NI RFC, is already…

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Opera House Performance of The Plough and the Stars Reviewed

The Plough and the Stars Reviewed by George Fleeton ON September 18, at the Grand Opera House Belfast, I managed to catch up with the Dublin Abbey Theatre’s touring production of The Plough and the Stars (which finishes in Limerick on November 03). This was one of Sean O’Casey’s attempts…

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Lyric Performance of Macbeth Reviewed

Macbeth Reviewed by George Fleeton.  THE most mature period of Shakespeare’s prodigious output was redolent with his greatest tragedies. Hamlet, Othello and King Lear had each preceded Macbeth, itself written about 1606. Shakespeare took enormous liberties with the little that was known about the real Macbeth, who had reigned as…

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Latest DHSSPSNI Report on Children Order Child Protection Statistics

Publication of ‘Children Order Child Protection and Referral Statistics for Northern Ireland (quarter ending 30 September 2012)’ This Bulletin is the eleventh quarterly reporting of Children Order Child Protection and Referral Statistics.

The information was collated by Community Information Branch within the DHSSPS. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public…

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Alliance Councillor Clarke on Carnreagh Road Flooding

ALLIANCE Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed Roads Service agreeing to meet landowners regarding flooding on the Carnreagh Road at Drumaroad outside Castlewellan. Councillor Patrick Clarke had received complaints from a number of constituents in recent weeks following parts of the Carnreagh Road flooding as well as private land due…

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Arts Has Role in Tourism in South Down Says Hazzard

AS the drive to promote tourism in South Down continues,  Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on the Minister of Enterprise Trade and Development Arlene Foster to help support  arts developments. Mr. Hazzard said: “Recently South Down has featured in the series Game of Thrones as well as being the…

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Culture Minister Launches Ulster-Scots Primary School Conference

CULTURE  Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the ‘Enhancing the Curriculum – Ulster-Scots culture in the Primary School’ conference at Titanic Belfast. This inaugural event has been organised by the Ulster-Scots Agency to raise awareness within the primary school sector of the educational value of teaching and learning about Ulster-Scots…

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Help Your Business Breakout With Beyond

AN exciting out-of-the-box event is open to local businesses this coming Monday (12 November) at the new Downshire Civic Centre. T0 Breakout and Breakthrough your business limitations to grasp wider opportunities or improve performance, start by attending this free lunchtime event which will introduce the idea of 
collaboration between businesses…

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McMinn Wins Dunmore Cross Country MX Event

Cross-country motocross returned to Dunmore Mountain on Saturday, 3 November, when the Mourne Motorcycle Club hosted their latest winter event writes Stuart Campbell. The track was in perfect condition for the event and with 56 riders taking part there was one race on the day, which lasted for two hours….

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O’Neill Concerned At Digital Switch Over Issues for Elderly

NEWCASTLE area Councillor Eamonn ONeill (SDLP) has made representations to the BBC voicing his further dissatisfaction at some aspects of the Digital Switchover Scheme. Councillor O’Neill said: “At the beginning of October, I learned that some elderly constituents within Castlewellan were unable to access RTE channels following the switchover.  This…

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