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Alliance Calls On Libraries NI To Carry Out Repairs To Historic Castlewellan Market House

Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has called on Libraries NI to carry out essential repairs to the Market House now Castlewellan Library which will celebrate its 250th anniversary on 12 June. Last year Cllr Clarke asked Libraries NI to repair the roof and damp issues as well as repainting and decorating…

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Exciting Line Up For International Bread Festival At Castle Ward

The global bread tour at Castle Ward returns on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May as the International Bread Festival prepares to tantalise your taste buds with breads and foods from around the world. The magnificent National Trust place near Strangford will welcome for the first time, celebrity chefs Angela Harnett…

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Replica High Cross Re-Installed For Easter In Downpatrick

A Mourne granite replica of the Downpatrick High Cross has been successfully put in place at the east end of Down Cathedral . This followed the removal of the original cross to Down County Museum for conservation and display in a new gallery to open next year.  The cross was…

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Local Marie Curie Nurse Backs Charity Will Campaign

LOCAl Marie Curie Nurse Davey Loughlin is backing the charity’s Legacy Awareness campaign to ensure that Marie Curie Nurses like him can continue to provide free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes. Davey Loughlin is raising awareness of the importance of making a Will, to ensure…

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Acclaimed Writers And Poets To Showcase Latest Works

THE Ulster Hall’s Literary Lunchtimes continue in November and December with more readings by popular writers and specially-themed events, in the Group Space (beginning at 1pm). Short Cuts – New Prose Picks – Wednesday 13 November Belfast’s Carolyn Healy, Sheila McWade and Sheila Llewellyn read from their short story collections…

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Young Campaigner Awarded For Contribution To New Marine Law

RSPB Northern Ireland has extended its congratulations to a former Down High School pupil who recently received the Tidy NI Coastal Care Award for Young Environmentalist of the Year. Matthew Ferguson, who is now studying Marine Biology at a university in England, was nominated for the prestigious Award following his…

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Daniel O’Donnell Supports Cancer Focus Breast Cancer Research

IRISH singer Daniel O’Donnell has shown his support for a local charity’s breast cancer research fundraiser following his wife’s own recent diagnosis. As part of breast cancer awareness month, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is asking women across the country to have ‘A Girls’ Night In’ in October to raise funds…

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Police Arrest Man After Newcastle £24,000 Cannabis Bust

POLICE in Newcastle have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of £24,000 following a search of a property in the town on Wednesday 2 October. A 41-year old man arrested at the time was subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries. Commenting on the seizure Area Commander for…

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Economic Recovery Being Built On Firm Foundations Says Hamilton

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has told an audience of business men and women that a strong and successful Belfast is a key component of economic recovery in Northern Ireland.  Speaking at the Belfast Media Group’s ‘Belfast Business Top 50 Awards’, the Finance Minister also stated that economic recovery in…

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Pupils Encouraged To Eat Healthy Breakfasts In T-Shirt Slogan Competition

Entry deadline fast approaches for ‘Boosting Breakfast’ t-shirt slogan competition CELEBRITY chef Paula McIntyre is challenging County Down primary school pupils to start the day the healthy way as the entry deadline fast approaches for the ‘Boosting Breakfast’ t-shirt slogan competition. The competition – co-ordinated by safefood and the Public Health Agency  –…

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WELL 2 Successes Celebrated By SEHSCT

THE South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust recently celebrated the successes of the WELL 2 (Well-being, Education, Living and Learning) project, funded with nearly £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Live and Learn programme. The WELL 2 project, which has been operational since March 2010, held a midpoint…

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Blue Badge Delays – Information From The DRD

A new measure has been put in place for Blue Badge holders experiencing delays in renewing their badges. A spokesperson for the Department for Regional Development said: “The Department has a target to inform 95% of applicants for Blue Badges of our decision within 15 working days of receiving valid applications….

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Alliance Welcomes New Bike Rack At Castlewellan Market House

ALLIANCE  Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the installation of a new purpose Bike Rack recently installed near the Market House in Upper Square, Castlewellan. Councillor Clarke had raised the issue of Council installing Bike Racks in Castlewellan following requests from a number of local businesses and the opening of the…

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Ards Instrument Maker Meets American Music Makers

An Ards instrument maker has met American music makers, presenting the band with a unique ceramic ‘Diddly Bow’  Andrew Cooke, who fashions musical instruments from clay, presented Hayseed Dixie, the US ‘rockgrass’ band who recently stole the show at Harvest Music Festival in Greyabbey, with a handcrafted, one-string Diddly Bow,…

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Rogers Glad Minister Listened Over Incremental Pay Increase

Education spokesperson Sean Rogers (SDLP) has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Education that teachers ‘incremental’ pay increase is to be progressed. The South Down MLA said: “I wrote to the Minister for Education on 30 August 2013 to express my concern that some teachers who were due an incremental pay increase…

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