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Killyleagh Chocolate Festival is Another Sweet Success

IF it had not been for Sir Hans Sloane, the inventor of Milk chocolate, there would not have been three days of fun and festivities in Killyleagh this past weekend. Sir Hans was born in Killyleagh 350 years ago and apart from being the chief surgeon to royalty, and the…

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Hazzard Calls fro Extension to Slurry Deadline

SOUTH Down Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MLA has backed calls for the Environment Minister to extend the deadline for spreading slurry in the countryside. Mr Hazzard said: “With the change in weather conditions lately farmers are finally getting a chance to graze their stock outside; however with the slurry deadline of…

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Ritchie Calls for End to Ballyhornan Sewage Pollution

THE issue of pumping sewage into the Irish Sea has rumbled on for years and the inshore fishing industry and the local tourist trade and visitors to the shore and waters around Ballyhornan have all encountered the downside of of the faulty sewage system. Now the DOE has been issued…

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Killyleagh Beach Clean Spruces Up Shore

THE sun was shining, the tide was out and yellow jackets could be seen sweeping across Killyleagh Harbour… it was all go for the beach clean. Last Saturday was the annual beach clean in Killyleagh which is part of the Beachwatch Big Weekend and supported by Tidy NI.  The beach…

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Lots of Fun at the Killyleagh Magnus Barelegs Viking Festival

THE ninth annual Magnus Barelegs Viking Boat Festival was run in Killyleagh last Sunday (15 September).  Festival organisers somehow spoke to Odin again who arranged the excellent weather on the day! The town parade was lead by  the Cleland Memorial Pipe band.  This young band are a credit to their leaders…

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£1.1 Million Window Replacement Scheme for District

THE Northern Ireland Housing Executive  has announced that 393 homes in Ballynahinch, Killyleagh, Newcastle, Dundrum, Ardglass, Killough and Drumaroad, Downpatrick are to benefit from new uPVC windows through schemes costing £1.1million. The NIHE tries to maintaining its properties to the highest standards possible and regular maintenance works have been carried…

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Third Callout in Two Weeks for Newcastle RNLI

NEWCASTLE RNLI answered its third distress call in less than a fortnight on Sunday when the crew went to the aid of a fishing boat in trouble. The local RNLI station’s all-weather lifeboat, Eleanor and Bryant Girling, joined Kilkeel’s inshore lifeboat to assist the 10-metre scallop dredger, Solstice, which was…

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Newcastle Wins Awards in Translink Ulster In Bloom

GARDENERS throughout Newcastle are celebrating after claiming the runners-up spot at the Best Station Award (Floral Station Category) at the 2012 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition. Newcastle Councillor Carmel O’Boyle said: “I would like to congratulate all of those involved who helped to achieve this prestigious award. I am just…

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County Down Fishing Towns Receive £2.45 Million from EU

THE County Down fishing ports of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie are gearing up for a new round of funding opportunities through the European Fisheries Fund. The assistance from the European Union will be aimed at improving the quality of life in fisheries areas supporting the Common Fisheries Policy and taking…

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Fire Destroys £25,000 Worth of Fish Boxes in Ardglass

A fire which started around 8pm on Sunday evening (16 September) has completely destoyed a lorry trailer with almost 1500 new fish boxes. The fish boxes were stored on the lorry trailer parked on the quayside at the North Dock in Ardglass Harbour close to the Milligan Oil fuel depot….

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Kilmore Trounce Lurgan in Irish Cup First Round

Irish Cup – First Round Kilmore Rec  5  –  Lurgan  Town 0 THIS was a game almost totally dominated by Kilmore Rec from the whistle. The visitors appeared to shine on only a couple of occasions and if it was not for the rushed and off-target shooting of Kilmore, the…

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Are Invasive Species of Sea Quirts in Strangford Lough?

JUST when you thought it was safe to go in the water… it isn’t ! Your boat and equipment could be a transmitter of a serious marine pest… the sea squirt. It is a tube-like invertebrate that is difficult and costly to eradicate. During a recent survey of marinas, commissioned…

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Strangford Woman Wins Mace Monthly Draw Car

STRANGFORD woman Sally Maguire had a great reason to smile recently when she won a brand new Kia Picanto car in a Northern Ireland-wide competition run by Mace retailers. Thomas Duffy and Sons, owners of Mace Killough, put on a great party to celebrate Sally’s win, with the local community…

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Warm Home Scheme Welcomed in Downpatrick

THE Warm Home Scheme being delivered by Bryson Energy will bring some cheer to many homes across Down District this winter. Since the launch of the scheme in 2009, the Warm Home Scheme has provided insulation and heating measures to over 1100 households in the Downpatrick area. As Downpatrick faces…

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Tap Into €114 Billion Online Market Says Invest NI

AS online sales increases globally, businesses in South Down are getting an edge to drive forward with leading edge internet technologies that could propel their businesses to new levels. Northern Ireland companies are being helped by Invest Northern Ireland to grasp the business opportunities from the projected growth in online…

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