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SDLP Castlewellan and Kilcoo Branch Monthly Meeting

At September’s meeting of the Castlewellan and Kilcoo Branch of the SDLP, Branch Chairman John Duggan praised South Down MLA Sean Rogers for visiting a number of residents in Castlewellan and assisting them at extremely short notice. A wide range of issues were addressed. Those present discussed a number of…

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O’Neill Highlights Benefits of On-farm Renewable Energy

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill said today that she wanted to see more farmers embrace the potential of renewable energy resources to help support farming activities. Speaking ahead of the first ever Anaerobic Digestion conference to be held in the north of Ireland, Minister O’Neill said: “My Department supports the uptake of renewable…

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DCAL Stocking of Waters in September

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has stocked the following waters with takeable fish in September 2012;  Stocking figures for September 2012  12 September – Lough Ash – Brown Trout – 500. 12 September – Moorlough – Rainbow Trout – 500. 12 September – Ballykeel – Brown Trout –…

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O’Neill Consults on SFP/LFACA Dual Use Claims

A public consultation has commenced on a proposal for managing separate claimants to the Single Farm Payment and the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances Schemes on a single land parcel – commonly referred to as dual use claims.  SFP/LFACA dual use claims have existed in the north since the start…

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Buzz in Killinchy at Beekeepers’ AGM

THERE was a buzz in Killinchy last week. Killinchy and District Beekeepers’ Association  which has a lively group of enthusiastic beekeekers held its annual general meeting. This club is one of the Beekeeping Associations in Ireland. The reports all described a most successful year’s activities, the highlights being the increase of…

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Líofa Exceeds Expectations

Líofa has proven to be a huge success. Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the news that Liofa, the initiative to promote the use of the Irish language has more than doubled its initial targets so far. Ms. Ruane said: “In a question to the Minister it has been…

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Interesting Times at the De La Salle High School

De La Salle High School Year 8 students recently visited both St Patrick’s Centre and Down Museum. This trip not only allowed the students the opportunity to build relationships with their new classmates and teachers, but also the prospect of learning about the history of their local community. Roisin McFelly…

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Shannon Congratulates Ryder Cup Team on Victory

Dear Editor, Congratulations to Europe on Retaining the Ryder Cup. Again the weekend’s golf had my at the edge of my seat and I have to admit that there was that creeping doubt that the Ryder Cup was not coming back to Europe with the team this time round after…

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Ballyalton Farmer Wins Silver in RSPB UK Awards

WILDLIFE friendly farmer Jack Kelly from Ballyalton near Downpatrick has been awarded a second place in the RSPB’s prestigious Nature of Farming Award. The award celebrates the amazing work farmers across the UK are doing for nature and is run in partnership with Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and The Telegraph. Jack,…

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Ruane To Open Assembly Debate On Kilkeel Secondary Schooling

CAITRÍONA Ruane, South Down Sinn Féin MLA and a former NI Education Minister, has welcomed the opportunity to debate the amalgamation of St Columban’s and St Louis schools in Kilkeel in the Assembly. Ms. Ruane said: “I have tabled an Adjournment debate in the Assembly for Tuesday 9 October to discuss the…

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Mother and Daughter Sharpen Up Their Knives and Skills

MOTHER and daughter duo, Janis and Julia Bailey have not only taken on the local business world, but have now decided to sharpen their culinary skills. They have enrolled at South Eastern Regional College (SERC)  by training on a Professional Cookery course in order to help take their business to…

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Journalist Michael Drake Visits Downpatrick SERC Campus

ON the invitation of Principal Ken Webb, well-known and highly respected journalist, Michael Drake, from near Downpatrick, recently visited  the South Eastern Regional College’s Downpatrick Campus. During the tour Mr Drake met with students and spent time talking to them about their course and their plans for the future. Later,…

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Shannon Praises Covenant Parade Organsers

FOLLOWING the Covenant  Parade, Strangford MP Jim Shannon has complimented all of those who worked so hard to make the parade “a great success.” He said: ’The people of Ulster turned out in tens of thousands and indeed the estimation is that over 50,000 took part and the parade took…

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Ritchie Helps Launch the Warm Homes Scheme

Speaking at the launch of the Warm Homes Information point Margaret Ritchie MP said:  “It is vital that the community receive as much information as possible on schemes that can offer improved heat and energy saving  systems in their home. “I am pleased to assist Bryson Energy in the roll…

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Ruane Supports Rostrevor GAA Development Plan

SINN Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has met with local chairperson of the GAA Malachy McCourt to offer her support to Rostrevor GAA in their development plan. Ms. Ruane said: “St Bronagh’s GAC  in Rostrevor has instigated a seven year development plan to coincide with their 100th anniversary and I am totally…

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