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Be Centre Stage In Northern Ireland’s Biggest Panto

Belfast’s Grand Opera House and Qdos Entertainment, producers of the Theatre’s record-breaking Christmas shows, are holding open auditions to find four local boys to perform the roles of Michael and John Darling in this year’s spectacular pantomime Peter Pan. Auditions take place at the Grand Opera House on Saturday 9…

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Have Your Say On Arts And Heritage In Ards And North Down

Ards and North Down residents are being invited to have their say and help shape a strong and ambitious arts and heritage sector in the area. Ards and North Down Borough Council is working to produce a new Integrated Strategy for the future development and delivery of arts and heritage…

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Diesel Delight Coming To Downpatrick Railway

Heritage diesel traction has its turn in the limelight this coming August Bank Holiday weekend, as the Downpatrick & County Down Railway turns over its passenger trains to the Americans on Sunday 27 August. Downpatrick Railway Chairman Robert Gardiner said: “This is your only chance to experience classic Irish 1960’s…

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Portaferry RNLI Launch Twice In Busy Weekend

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to two calls for help over the weekend, one for a reported fire on a motorboat and the second to a casualty on board a yacht with a head injury. On Saturday 19 August, the pagers sounded at 12.36pm and a volunteer…

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UFU Announces Winners Of Photography Competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union earlier this year launched a photographic competition open to all its members to celebrate the UFU centenary in 2018. With an outstanding number of entries the photos were shortlisted down to a total of 20 photos that were displayed on the UFU stand at Balmoral Show….

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£70m Health And Social Care Cuts On Way Fears Age NI

Age NI Concerned About Proposed £70m Health And Social Care Budget Cuts. South Down MLA Colin McGrath has also expressed his surprise and concerns at this announcement by the Health and Social Care Board. A Department of Health spokesperson said:  “The Health and Social Care system is required to deliver…

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Carlingford Ferry To Get Crowd Over To Peninsula Ploughing

Scenic Carlingford Ferry Keeping the Convoy Going. Service between Greenore and Greencastle ferrying the festival goers to Nathan Carter. With the Convoy to Peninsula Ploughing taking place this weekend in Cooley, Co. Louth, Scenic Carlingford Ferry is on hand to help the revellers make the most of their weekend. Festival…

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Music Double Bill Plays Out Summer Season 2017

Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer makes a welcome return to the Newcastle Community Cinema on Friday 25 August. Ronnie has been at the centre of the Irish Blues scene for over 40 years and will share the stage with Anthony Toner on guitar and vocals, John McCullough on the keyboard,…

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Bleach Assault At Quays In Newry

Police in Newry are appealing for information following an assault in the vicinity of the Quays Shopping Centre on Monday 14th August. Sergeant Gibson said: “Police received reports that between 9.00-9.30pm in the area of Quays Shopping Centre car park towards the Drumalane side, two girls were assaulted by a…

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NILGA Reaction To Brexit Position Paper

NILGA’S REACTION TO THE ‘POSITION PAPER’ ON BREXIT Derek McCallan, Chief Executive of NILGA (Northern Ireland Local Government Association) said: “We welcome the fact that there have been some views outlined in a number of position papers on the Brexit hot topics in the last few days.” “However, we are still…

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Good News For Northern Ireland Tourism

Tourism Ireland Eelcomes +8% growth in overseas visitors and +7% growth in revenue to Northern Ireland for January-March 2017.  * Strong +23% growth in overseas holiday visitors in Q1 2017 as Tourism Ireland rolls out its promotional programme around the world. Tourism Ireland has welcomed the figures for overseas visitors to…

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McGrath Says Housing Programme Cut Will Have Human Cost

South Down MLA Colin McGrath (SDLP) has said that cuts to the Supporting People programme which provides housing services for over 20,000 people will have a severe human cost. He said: “We are in the middle of a housing crisis. My office is inundated with local people crying out for help…

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FSB Calls For Soft Border For The North In Brexit

Soft Border Crucial For Northern Ireland Says FSB As the government sets out its post-Brexit proposals for Northern Ireland, FSB’s UK Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is crucially important. Small businesses in Northern Ireland must be able to continue to have access…

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McGrath Says Air Ambulance Is A life Saver

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has said that the formal launch of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service is a watershed moment for emergency response care in Northern Ireland that will save lives. The South Down MLA also called for a sustainable funding stream for the service. McGrath said: “The formal launch of…

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Sun Shines Again For Downpatrick Racing

The opening maiden hurdle at Downpatrick races on Sunday 13th August at the Keep It Country Raceday saw the trio of market principals dominate the running for most of the race writes Joe Kavanagh. The Joseph O’Brien-trained Unicorn with Jody Mc Garvey in the saddle was content to run third…

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