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Sinn Féin meet with GAA’s Ulster Council Over Casement Park

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill led a party delegation, including Sinead Ennis MLA and Paul Maskey MP to meet with the GAA’s Ulster Council today. Michelle O’Neill said: “Today’s engagement with the GAA’s Ulster Council was extremely positive and encouraging. “We discussed the issue of Casement Park. I assured the…

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£450,000 Banbridge Roadworks Completed

Completion of £450,000 A1 road safety improvement schemes, Banbridge  Two road safety improvement schemes on the A1 Dual Carriageway at Banbridge are now complete. The schemes, designed to improve safety for motorists, involved the erection of a central reserve safety barrier between Springwell Loanin and Castlewellan Road Bridge on the…

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Castlewellan SDLP Branch Welcome Town Improvements

Following a meeting of Castlewellan SDLP branch last week, Eamon O’Neill raised concerns about maintenance around Castlewellan. Councillor Mark Murnin has met  with council officials regarding the areas concerned and said: “Whilst it is important that all our towns and villages across the district  look their best coming into the…

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Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2018

The Confederation of Community Groups (CCG) this week announced details of the nominations received for the Community Volunteering Awards of 2018. The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards were established by the Confederation in memory of our esteemed colleague Patricia Graham, and this year marks the 10th Year of the Awards. …

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Fieldmotion Expands Workforce By 14 In Newry

Fieldmotion is expanding its workforce in Newry as part of an investment targeting additional US sales. The company is benefiting from Invest Northern Ireland assistance to recruit 14 new jobs, almost half of which are already in place. Fieldmotion has a growing network of UK and US based partners licensing its…

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Visit Geopark Project Open Day On 2 June

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Hosts ‘Geopark Project Open Day’ Are you fascinated by volcanoes or curious about earthquakes? If you love the world around you and would like to know more about how it has been formed then get yourself down to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s…

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Armstrong Calls Better Autism Screening

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has called on Departments to help improve identification of autism earlier after a report showed its prevalence within young people here had grown. The Department of Health’s survey, which looked at school age children in Northern Ireland, stated autism’s occurrence increased from 1.2 per cent in…

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Search On For Young Irish Country Sports Writer Of Year

Irish Countrysports and Country Life magazine and the Great Game Fairs of Ireland are looking for a talented young person to share their love of country sports and the countryside with a massive readership. There are wonderful prizes up for grabs and who knows where publication of the winning story…

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Spotlight On Mental Health Awareness Week

The coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about stress and the steps we can take to tackle it. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-21 May and this year shines a spotlight on how we can…

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Housing Market Unchanged In South And Mid Down

The Northern Ireland housing market has continued to experience a steady rate of price growth in Q1 2018 despite a slight decrease in sales volume, according to Ulster University’s latest Quarterly House Price Index report. Ulster University’s research is produced in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Progressive…

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Whitewater Brewery Is A Business With Bottle

The Castlewellan-based Whitewater Brewery has secured new customers in Spain, Japan and Russia as part of efforts to increase traction in international markets. This success follows an investment to build a new, state-of-the-art brewing facility to support the company’s continued growth in the global craft beer market. Welcoming the company’s progress,…

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Southern Schools Progress In Enhancement Programme

Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, has announced that 25 schools have been successful in the 2nd call of the School Enhancement Programme across Northern Ireland and four schools in the southern area are still about the process for a major capital investment. Special Schools Knockevin Primary School in Downpatrick and Killsborough…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes For 29 April 2018

*Our ladies and men have had a tough start to the league campaigns with no returns after three league games. The lads finally got their first points on Friday night past with a seven point win over An Riocht and the brightest of evenings. The talking point of that game…

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Condemnation For Downpatrick Arsonists

South Down MLA’s have totally condemned the actions of setting fire to a pensioner’s home at Ballymote Park in Downpatrick.  The fire which potentially could have resulted in a fatality, was attended by the NI Fire and Rescue Service )NIFRS) who got the blaze quickly under control. A spokesperson for…

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Patient Recall At Belfast Trust

Statement by Department of Health Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly on patient recall at the Belfast Trust. The Department is very aware of the significant concerns which many patients and their families are currently experiencing and offers them our support and sympathy during what must be an extremely anxious time for…

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