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Bradley Continues Fight For Narrow Water Bridge

South Down MLA Sinead Bradley said has raised the fight once again to try and progress the building of the Narrow Water Bridge. The campaign has stalled by there are still strong feelings in South Down and in County Louth and within the community and political parties supporting this initiative….

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McGrath Welcomes £40million For Health In NI

South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has spoken out following the £40million announcement of a cash injection for Health and Social Care in the North. Mr McGrath said: “This announcement will mean that the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust will be able to remove the threat of cutting…

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Ballynahinch Farmer Wins Top Wildlife RSPB Award

County Down farmer Philip Bell has been crowned Northern Ireland’s most Wildlife Friendly Farmer at the Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards. This is the fourth year that RSPB NI has sponsored the Wildlife Friendly Farmer of the Year award and, as always, there was a long list of impressive…

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Special Delivery For Downpatrick & County Down Railway

The Downpatrick & County Down Railway has signed for a large consignment with a former Travelling Post Office (TPO) being delivered to the heritage railway. The vehicle has been moved into the DCDR workshops where some remedial work will take place to prepare it for display in the DCDR’s Carriage…

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Ruben Kelly Enjoys Job Experience With Down News

Fifth year student at the De La Salle High School, Downpatrick,  Ruben Kelly (16) from Ardglass, has spent a week on job experience with Down News. With a strong interest in working in the media, Ruben covered a range of interesting activities which introduced him to the world of digital…

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Armstrong Calls For Universal Credit To Be Halted

“Northern Ireland Is being let down when it comes to universal credit roll out”, says Armstrong. Strangford Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said people in Northern Ireland are being let down when it comes to universal credit roll out, with no Minister in place to take key decisions. Speaking after…

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Mogie From Dundrum Wins Rescue Cat Of Year Award

Maine Coon cat Darwin has been voted ROYAL CANIN® Rescue Cat of the Year for 2017 in a public vote attracting a whopping majority for Darwin! Five year old Darwin lives with Alison and Mark Ware at TC’s Forever Home which the cat sanctuary the couple have devoted their lives…

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SDLP Call For Drumaness Street Light Extension

South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath and Ballynahinch Councillor Mark Murnin have called on the Department for Infrastructure to extend the Street Lighting from Drumaness Village out to Corry’s Corner on the Main Newcastle/ Ballynahinch roadway. Commenting, the South Down MLA said: “Many children, pensioners and others walk from the…

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Councillor Clarke Calls For Loo Review

Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed a strategic review on public convenience provision in Newry Mourne and Down Council which has recommended toilet replacement and upgrades to the majority of  the toilet provision in Newcastle. The report will be discussed on Wednesday at the Regulatory and Technical services…

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Final Race Meeting Of Season At Downpatrick

Joey Sasa was the clear winner of the feature at Downpatrick writes Joe Kavanagh. The defection of two runners saw only a trio go to post with the favourite facing two Michael O’Leary owned runners but the Noel Meade trained winner with Jonathan Moore in the saddle having finished fourth…

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Killyleagh Beat Foundry For Border Semi Spot

Border Cup Round Three Saturday 14 October Killyleagh YM 3   Albert Foundry FC 1 Report by Jim Masson.  In a match that was not without incident, Killyeagh YM rose as victors facing a very determined Albert Foundry in the Border Cup quarter finals. Just three minutes into the match, forward…

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Enjoy The Little Shop Of Horrors Over Halloween

The Award-Winning St Patrick’s Choral Society are returning to the beautiful surroundings of The Great Hall at the Downshire Estate during the coming Halloween week with an exciting local premiere to entertain families over the spooky holiday. Fuelled by Faust and fertiliser, ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ is a charming, kooky…

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September Stocking Of Departmental Waters

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has stocked the following waters with takeable fish in September 2017: 4 September – Bellanaleck, Brown Trout, 1,000. 4 September – Altnahinch, Brown Trout, 1,000. 5 September – Meenameen, Brown Trout, 1,200. 5 September – North Woodburn, Rainbow Brown Trout, 1,000. 6…

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Great Bake Off In Killyleagh For Terry And Billy

There was definitely an air of competitive camaraderie as local councillors Billy Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP) squared up for another duel of their budding talents. After having competed in a boxing match in the Bridge Centre in Killyleagh, two golf competitions at Bright Golf Club, an eating competition…

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Portaferry RNLI Deal With Spinning Dory In Strangford Lough

Portaferry RNLI called out to the aid of a man thrown from motor boat in Strangford Lough. A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were preparing for a training exercise when they received a call to go to the aid of a man who had been thrown from a small motor…

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