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Downe Hospital White Line Protest Goes To Newcastle And Castlewellan

At a meeting of the Down Community Health Committee held in Denvir’s Hotel in Downpatrick, members expressed their delight and running another white line protest in the district in support of the Love the Downe campaign. Committee Chairman Eamonn McGrady speaking after a meeting of the Down Community Health Committee…

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Fish Kill On Enler River At Comber

There has been a major fish kill at the Enler River, Co Down, on Friday 24 July 2015. A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) said: “On Friday afternoon the NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) received a report of a fish kill at the Enler River near Comber….

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Bailie Promotes Membership Offer For Fitness Suites

Newry, Mourne and Down District Chairperson, Cllr Naomi Bailie, is encouraging residents to makes use of the Newcastle Centre’s fantastic new fitness equipment and special ‘3 for 2’ offer on monthly membership. The offer must be purchased by 31 July and also applies to Downpatrick and Killyleagh leisure centres. For…

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Outstanding Nomination for Ballynahinch PR Agency

Established just under three years ago by Senior PR Consultant, Riki Neill, RNN Communications, has just been announced as one of four finalists in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ PRide Awards for ‘Outstanding Small PR Consultancy’. Now in its 12th year, the CIPR PRide Awards are the most credible…

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A Ground To Air Mission To Deliver Family Fun In Newcastle

When the Red Arrows soar across the Mourne Mountains and swoop over Dundrum Bay in a blaze of glory on Saturday 8 August, they will provide a colourful highlight to one of Ireland’s biggest and best attended annual air shows. But, while eyes will be on the skies for Ireland’s…

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Agencies Join Forces to Tackle Public Drinking And Antisocial Behaviour

During the summer period there is an increase in the number of young people drinking in public areas, which is clearly evident in the district’s main towns. The sheer volume of alcohol being consumed results in anti-social behaviour and people becoming more fearful of crime. Conscious of the need to…

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Saintfield Horse Show 2015 Launches At Rowallene Gardens

The seventh annual Saintfield Horse Show was launched in style on Thursday evening at the Rowallane Gardens in Saintfield kindly hosted by the National Trust. Joan Cunningham, Show Director, welcomed all the guests and sponsors and thanked them for their continued support. Newry Mourne and Down District Council, who are the major Sponsors of…

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Cheque Presentation To Shimna Stars Special Olympics Club

Many thanks to Adam Mitten, all the Go Figure members and friends also those from the Train- Station, Lisburn, who attended the event and raised the magnificent total of £1320 for Shimna Stars Special Olympics Club. The funds was raised by completing a fitness session in June on the dizzy…

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Cancer Focus Announces Their Well Aware Service

A cancer charity service that provides free health checks for the over 60’s across Northern Ireland has reported a highly successful first two years following a health conference which aimed to write a new script for men’s health. The Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Well Aware service, which aims to raise…

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Latest Progress Of Works At Dundrum Castle Welcomed By Councillor Patrick Clarke

Independent Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed a written response received from the Minister of the Environment Mark H Durkan regarding progress of various works at Dundrum Castle. These works include floodlighting, the proposed new visitor centre and establishing ownership of, and upgrading, the upper section of Castle Hill Road. Slieve…

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McGrath Welcomes Decision By Trust To Continue With Cooked Chill Meals Service

Over recent days, local recipients of the cooked meals service run by the South Eastern HSC Trust received letters explaining that the proposal to deliver the meals as a frozen meals service has been abandoned. They was a considerable reaction initially to the proposal earlier this year from users and…

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Men’s Shed Downpatrick In Pride Of Place Competition

The Men’s Shed in Downpatrick has been enetered by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council into this year’s IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland. The Men’s Shed in Downpatrick is a place for men aged 60+ to meet and discuss issues, share skills and explore new interests,…

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Ritchie Calls For Compensation For Contaminated Blood Victims

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has called on the Under-Secretary of State for Health, Mr Ben Gummer MP, to ensure that a full and final compensation settlement is made available for victims of contaminated blood products and that they have full access to the necessary drugs. Following a statement…

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Shannon Welcomes Move Towards A UK-Wide 24/7 Health System

Strangford MP Jim Shannon speaking after the announcement at Westminster has welcomed the news that the NHS could soon be a seven day a week service. He said: “UK Minister of Health Jeremy Hunt MP has pressed the button to start the debate and there is now a compelling argument…

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Castlewellan Show Goes From Strength To Strength

Despite of some afternoon showers, over 16,000 people attended the one day popular Castlewellan Agricultural Show. The number of families was particularly noticeable and children crowded to see the various animals with the pigs, rabbits and goats being very popular. The families also got a chance to view spinning, felt…

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