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£220,000 Improvement Scheme on A21 Ballygowan Road

A £220,000 road improvement scheme on the A21 Ballygowan Road, Saintfield is due to commence on Monday 14 August 2017. The scheme will involve drainage works and the resurfacing of a 1.1kilometre stretch of the A21 Ballygowan Road from the Ballycloughin Road in the Saintfield direction. To facilitate the works,…

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Mayor Welcomes Ballygowan Gas Connection

Over 1,200 properties in the Ballygowan area will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of natural gas. Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Deborah Girvan, today welcomed the news that over 1,200 properties in Ballygowan will be able to connect to the natural gas network in early 2017,…

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Local Competitors Enjoy British Transplant Games In Liverpool

The 29 athletes representing Northern Ireland at the British Transplant Games in Liverpool at the weekend returned to Belfast City Airport this afternoon with a tally of 54 medals: 17 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze.   2. Sisters Karen (left) and Jenny Keery from Bangor. Karen won 2 silver…

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Bilingual Council Signs Defaced At Ballygowan And Ballyward

Bi-lingual roadside signs erected by Newry Mourne and Down District Council have been defaced in Ballygowan and Ballyward. Local councillors have on occasions in the Council chamber exchanged their strong views on the use of the Irish language over Council signage on anything from note paper and business cards… and…

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Shannon Condemns Donutting At Ballygowan

Strangford MP Jim Shannon MP has written to the PSNI asking for attention to be paid to the junction at Ballykeigle Road and Burns Cross as this has recently been used at the weekends and specifically on a Sunday night for speed racing and donutting by young road users. Mr…

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Ballygowan Man Appointed Marketing Director By Leading NI Drinks Supplier

Brian Beattie, from Ballygowan, has been appointed All-Ireland Marketing Director for leading Northern Ireland drinks company Tennent’s NI, part of the C&C Group. After gaining a degree in Business and French from Queen’s University, Belfast, Brian launched his marketing career at Weetabix and Arla Foods working on the Weetabix, Lurpak…

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Ballygowan Vintage Club Raise Funds For NICFC

Ballygowan Vintage Club Raise Funds For The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children.

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Man Dies In Ballygowan Car Crash

Police have confirmed that 44-year old Lee Drake from the Ballynahinch area has died following a one vehicle collision on the Ballygowan Road in Saintfield this morning (Monday January 13). The collision occurred at around 6.20am and involved a black Vauxhall Astra. Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or…

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Rocky Mountain Adventure For Ballygowan Cadet

Just returned from a Canadian adventure of a lifetime is Ballygowan Army Cadet Taylor Gribbon. The Saintfield High School student won a place on an eighteen-day expedition to the Canadian Rockies and Alaska where he met every challenge that the Great Outdoors could provide, from assault rifle training and abseiling; canoeing, cycling and hiking to…

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Incredible Edibles Coming To Ballygowan

Pam Warhurst CBE, one of the founder members of  Incredible Edibles, a community vegetable, herb and fruit growing project in Todmorden, a market town in West Yorkshire, is coming to talk to local people about this amazing project on: Monday 28th October 2013   Ballygowan Village Hall  Ballygowan 7.30pm – 9.00pm Members of…

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Ballygowan Moving Forward With New Village Plan

A vision for Ballygowan’s future has been laid out in a new village plan. Launched on Monday 9 September, the new plan identifies a range of projects to improve village life, from enhancing community and youth facilities to boosting enterprise and investment in the local economy. Developed by the local community…

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Ballygowan Play Area To Get £25K Facelift

A Ballygowan play area is to get a £25,ooo facelift. Ards Borough Council has agreed to refurbish the play equipment and safety surfacing at the Dickson Park playground in the village. “Dickson Park has been in need of some attention to modernise the facility and ensure health and safety standards…

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FA Cup Final Tickets for Me and My Bud

While his mates are watching the FA Cup Final on television, Ballygowan footie fan Andrew Forsythe will be soaking up the atmosphere for real at Wembley.    Andrew became the envy of all his mates when he won a Budweiser competition he entered in his local Winemark, carrying off a…

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Ballygowan Growers Produce Incredibly Edible Fruit

A local growing group in Ballygowan,, the Incredible Edibles are soon to have the Ballygowan community’s taste buds tantalised with delicious home-grown fruit.  Currently unused space within Ballygowan community parkland has been adopted by the group to plant and harvest a range of fruits including apples, pears and plums, which…

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