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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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Artist George H Smyth Exhibition To Run In Down Arts Centre

Acclaimed artist George H Smyth who lives near the beach at Tyrella, will be exhibiting his retrospective works in the Down Arts Centre following the launch next Thursday evening on 3 September. George, from Ardglass, has a very unique surrealist style which Michael Hughes, Director if the Irish Art Group…

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Kennedy Delivers Over £12.2million For Road Schemes But Councillors Call For More Results

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has commended roads staff and contractors for the successful completion of road schemes in 2014/2015 which accounted for £12.2million investment in the roads infrastructure in the Newry, Mourne and Down council area. The Minister also said that his Department was facing £60million of cuts in 2015/16,…

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Councillor Patrick Clarke Welcomes Upgrade Of Historic Loughinisland Churches Signage

Independent Slieve Croob area Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed that directional signs leading to Loughinisland historic Churches which are the ancient burial grounds of the McCartan Clan of the Barony of Kinelarty are to be replaced with two signs. Councillor Clarke had written to both DRD and DOE regarding improving…

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A Level Results Paves Way To Bright New Futures For Many Students

Schools across County Down were celebrating their A Level and AS results last week with most schools excelling is some way, some with 100% pass rates, it certainly looks like education is providing a path forward in creating bright new futures for many young people. Down High School Students Celebrate…

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The Old Commercial Bar Summer BBQ For Marie Curie Cancer Care

The Summer BBQ At The Old Commercial Bar In Ardglass In Aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care Despite a rainy afternoon, many regulars turned up to support this important health charity cause. The barbecue was donated by Turleys Developments from Downpatrick and the event was organised by Old Commercial regular…

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Dromara Man Killed In Ballynahinch In Traffic Accident

A tragic tragic road traffic accident took the life of a Dromara man last Thursday morning around 11.00am Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision in Ballynahinch on 13 August when an elderly pedestrian, Pat Branniff, a local blacksmith, was struck by a lorry on Windmill Street. Police have…

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Plan Your Get Home Safe Strategy Following A Night Out

Police are asking people to think ahead and remember the ‘get home safe’ message that they have been campaigning recently  to ensure that those who leave their homes for a good night out return safely. Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn said: “People should put as much thought into planning how they…

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Ballynahinch Army Cadets Reform After Year’s Absence

After over a year without an Army Cadet Detachment, Ballynahinch is about to have a brand new unit set up home in the town. A new detachment is forming for the first time on Thursday 3 September and will meet each week in the Ballynahinch Centre, 55 Windmill Street between…

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Walker Condemns Another Arson Attack In Killyleagh

Furious Rowallene Councillor Billy Walker has strongly condemned the recent arson attack in Killyleagh at the Bridge Centre. In the past two years, the public toilets have been destroyed, a public house badly damaged, a vacant private house formerly the Manse was  gutted, a pigeon loft by a top fancier…

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McCallister Attacks O’Neill Over Performance In Milk Crisis

DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill has done too little potentially too late in the milk crisis says South Down Independent Unionist MLA  for South Down, John McCallister. He has claimed dairy farmers are being ignored in the Russia trade sanctions, strongly criticising the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development for “sitting…

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Rogers Calls For Improvements To Donard Overflow Car Park

South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has called on Newry, Mourne and Down Council to improve the access to the overflow car park off Donard Park, Newcastle. Mr Rogers said:” This overflow park is vital to Newcastle particularly from Easter to September, when the numbers visiting the town increases ten-fold….

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Drumaness Prove Too Strong For Newry Shamrocks

Trocaire Intermediate Football Championship. Round One – At Burren on Thursday 6 August 2015. Drumaness GAC    0 – 13  Newry Shamrocks  0 – 7 Report by Jim Masson. The Intermediate Championships kicked off in Down with the confrontation between Drumaness and Newry Shamrocks. The first half was a relatively…

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Breezy Day For President’s Day At Ardglass Golf Club

Michael Rooney from Belfast was the winner of the President’s prize at Ardglass Golf Club on Saturday. Edmund Gilchrist, President of Ardglass Golf Club,  was delighted that 205 golfers had tee-ed up on the day despite the strong south-westerly breeze which picked up by lunchtime. Scoring was never going to…

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