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Cadets Open New Chapter Of WWI Remembrance

The sad history of Downpatrick brothers John and Joseph Clydesdale who fought and died in the trenches of World War 1 has been rediscovered by local cadets and captured for ever for their family. The brothers’ nephew, John Clydesdale, and his wife, Pearl, still live close to where John and…

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MOD: Part Of Ballykinler Army Camp Up For Sale

The MOD has announced that it will be selling off the Abercorn Barracks site as part of the overall Ballyrkinler army camp. This announcement was part of a national announcement of rationalising military resources and in Northern Ireland, the Abercorn Barracks is one of three sites earmarked for “decommissioning”. An…

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MP Congratulates Ballykinler Couple On Winning Foster Carers Of The Year

Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, has congratulated Glen and Regina Mahon for the very prestigious honour of winning the NI Foster Carers of the Year award. Ms Ritchie said: “This award is a rightful recognition of the unrelenting work, dedicated care and generosity Glen and Regina have…

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Down Cadets Dig For Victory With Woodland Trust

Green-fingered teenage cadets have been planting native trees at Ballykinler in County Down as part of the nationwide Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods project to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War with saplings planted and nurtured in memory of the millions of lives lost and affected. The commemorative…

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Police Arrest Three After Attempted Robberies In Castlewellan And Ballykinler

Detectives are investigating following incidents in Ballykinler and Castlewellan last night, Monday 3 August. Shortly before 10.20pm it was reported that an unknown man carrying a sword entered a food outlet on Commons Road in Ballykinler and threatened staff. The man was chased from the premises by staff and made…

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Ballykinler Cadet Excels In Rifle Competition

Keen-eyed Ballykinler cadet Adam Smith has been celebrating sporting success in the 2015 NI Cadets Rifle Meeting held at Ballykinlar. The teenage Cadet Corporal headed off strong competition from across Northern Ireland to secure victory in a key match and earn runner-up place in the Champion-At-Arms award. Congratulating Adam on…

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Alliance Backs Plans For New Community Centre In Ballykinlar

Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has praised the group of women who have come together in Ballykinlar and who are determined to ensure a former primary school is transformed into new community centre. Councillor Clarke, who is a member of the Recreation committee at Down District Council, believes Ballykinlar village needs…

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