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Cabinet Calls Snap General Election For 8 June

British PM Theresa May has called a snap general election for the 8 June. She came out of Number 10 Downing Street late this morning and stood at the lectern and delivered her notice of election, ‘reluctantly’. Opening her announcement she said: “Reluctantly, I have chaired a meeting of the…

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Complaints Fly As Recycling Centre Jams Up Due To Broken Down Skip Lorry

Irate drivers queuing in their to leave waste items off at the Cloonagh Road recycling centre in Downpatrick had a two hour wait this week on Wednesday 24 when a skip lorry broke down blocking access to the site. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and a spokesperson for…

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Chairperson Celebrates St Patrick’s Primary School In Drumgreenagh Winning Choir of the Year

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Ruane, hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of St Patrick’s Primary School, Drumgreenagh who were recently crowned winners of the highly prestigious title, ‘BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year’. On Tuesday 17 May, the first stop for the…

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Sister Cities Group From US Visits Newry Mourne And Down Area

Sister Cities partners from North Carolina in the USA visited Warrenpoint last Friday and were welcomed by the Chairman of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Mickey Ruane. The Council was delighted to welcome the partners for the first time since signing a new agreement as part of the…

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Ardglass And Drumaness Mills Settle For 1-1 Draw

NAFL League Match Premier Division  Tuesday 19th April 2016 Ardglass 1 Drumaness Mills 1 Ardglass faced a daunting challenge at home with Drumaness Mills following their 0-7 thrashing from Immaculata last Saturday. But the sea-siders showed better form from the start and were much more settled and consistent in their…

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Downpatrick Beat Lisburn rangers For Place In Clarence Cup Final

NAFL Clarence Cup Semi-Final Wednesday 20th April 2016 at Seaview, Belfast.  Downpatrick FC 2  Lisburn Rangers 0 Downpatrick progressed to this year’s Clarence Cup final at the expense of Lisburn Rangers on a sun-swept Seaview pitch. Having saw three of their league games called off recently, Downpatrick started the game…

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Official Opening Of Downpatrick Police Station

A major £11 million state-of-the-art investment in a new police station in Downpatrick has been officially opened by  PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and Anne Connolly, Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. The station first opened its doors to the public on Monday, 30 November 2015, following a 26 month build…

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McGrath Says New Kickstart Needed For Ardglass Harbour And Fishing Community

Assembly candidate Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) has welcomed the efforts of the local fishing industry stakeholders and the Northern Ireland Fisheries and Harbour Authority to work together and bring a fresh strategic approach to developing the harbour in Ardglass. Councillor McGrath said: “Ardglass harbour has excellent potential. It could be…

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Life Adventure Centre In Castlewellan Scoops Major Award

For the second year in succession, the Life Adventure Centre based in Castlewellan Forest Park, has won a prestigious award as the Best Family Activity Provider  in a Northern Ireland-wide contest run by OutdoorNI.com in association with Surf Mountain. People using the Mourne’s now are assured that they have a…

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Support The Appeal For Kircubbin Girl Losing Her Sight To Visit Disneyland In Paris

Three-year old Caiomhe Burns from Rubane near Kircubbin is a young child looking forward to the rest of her life, but unfortunately she has been seriously affected by a very rare genetic condition called opthalmic neuropathy and is losing her sight. Caiomhe is a brave, cheerful, young girl who really…

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International Clown Festival In Downpatrick Was A Resounding Success

The first Clowns International Festival ever held in Ireland – North or South – was held in Downpatrick recently and was a resounding success. Crowds came out to enjoy these brilliantly funny characters in all shapes and guises. The main activity was in the Downpatrick town centre in the St…

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A Great Night At Downpatrick Social Enterprise Hub Soup Event

Around seventy people turned up for a great night of fun at the Downpatick social enterprise hub. It was Downpatrick Soup night and there was a palpable buzz in the air. A number of groups were bidding for the takings at the door. Will a few pots of soup and…

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Shake Up For Local Delivery in Police Service Starts On Monday 28 September

Down News interviewed Area Commander Superintendent Simon Walls earlier this week about the pending changes to the delivery of local policing in Northern Ireland which will be rolled out from Monday 28 September across South Down and part of Armagh. There have been very significant changes across the PSNI in…

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New Principal Welcomed To St Malachy’s High School In Castlewellan

As the new school year gets underway at St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan, staff and students welcome their new school Principal, Mrs Orla O’Neill. The whole school community are very excited at this new appointment and wish her every success in her new post. Mrs Orla O’Neill said she was…

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Downe Branch Of University Of The Third Age Honours William Devlin

At the first meeting of the Downe U3A held in St Patrick’s Golf Club in Downpatrick, a special tribute was paid to William Devlin who passed away last winter. William was the motive force responsible for starting up U3A in the area and spent his final years establishing the group….

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