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The Search Is On For Downpatrick’s Unsung Heroes

The search is on for Downpatrick’s unsung heroes. The 2018 Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers have just been launched and judges are looking for who you think best captures the Spirit of Northern Ireland in 2018. This annual awards ceremony, which will again be televised by UTV, seeks…

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NMDDC Explores Growth Opportunities In China

All roads could soon be leading to China. Visiting municipal leaders from China met with their counterparts last month in Belfast and it is hoped this will be the beginning of a new and productive trade relationship between Northern Ireland and China. Northern Ireland hosted over 100 Chinese provincial and…

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Ritchie Calls For Weather Aid To Farmers

Margaret Ritchie, SDLP South Down Constituency representative, has called for financial help for farmers as they face challenging conditions as a result of persistent bad weather. Margaret Ritchie said today: “I have been talking to many farmers over the last number of weeks who have told me about the challenging conditions…

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Bright GAC Notes For 21 January 2018

We are  looking for a child protection officer. If anyone is interested please contact any committee member writes Cyril McKinney.   We require a youth officer to help run and over see the juvenile set-up within the club. This is a very important role and we need to fill this…

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Glasdrumman GAC Notes For 21 January 2018

The St Columban’s footballers progressed to the U16 Corn Cúchulainn (Cúchulainn Cup) Ulster Final on Thursday writes Tony Bannon.  Well done to Mr Poacher and the team especially the Glasdrumman contingent of Mathew Brennan, Jamie Nicholls, Martin Stevenson, Cormac McComb and Sean Kelly. Remember folks to let Catherine know this week…

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UFU Urges Vigilance Following Avian Flu Reports

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant in light of several confirmed cases of Avian influenza in Dorset, England. UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said: “We strongly recommend that all poultry keepers, including backyard keepers, review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the…

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Armstrong Calls For Update On Cancer Strategy

Alliance Calls For Cancer Strategy For NI Now. Alliance MLA’s joined the call for a #CancerStrategyNow as part of the All Party Group on Cancer. Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong who has previously spoken about the need for shorter waiting times to access Cancer consultants, joined the call for a #CancerStrategyNow….

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Carillion Collapse Needs Clarity Says Armstrong

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong has called for clarity after the construction firm Carillion announced it was going to be liquidated. The company, which employs up to 500 people in Northern Ireland, has three major contracts with the Housing Executive for home maintenance and gas installation in North Down, Strangford,…

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Three Arrested Following Killyleagh Shooting

Police have reported that a shooting in Killyleagh in the early hours of Sunday morning could have had tragic consequences. Down News understands that a man had kicked a door in the Castleview area of the town and then proceeded to kick other doors. He and another man were confronted…

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McGrath Calls For Review Of PIP System

South Down SDLP MLA McGrath has met with Directors from the Department of Communities who have responsibility for PIP (Personal Independence PIP, which is facing significant roll-out issues in Northern Ireland. Colin McGrath said: “My office has been inundated with people who are very fearful of the transition from DLA…

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King Scallop Row Breaks Out At IOM

The Isle of Man fisheries authorities have recently revised their king scallop fishing regualtions in order to maintain a sustainable fishery. However, Scottish fishermen mainly from ports in Galloway have complained bitterly that the the new catch recording arrangements are unreasonable. There are over twenty vessels from Northern Ireland ports…

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Appeal For Support For The Lúnasa Festival

Become Part Of Lúnasa Festival – The Fastest Growing Grass-Roots Festival In South Armagh Over the last three years the annual Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival has gone from strength to strength. Coordinated by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (RoGLPS) it has worked closely with a huge range…

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Slieve Gullion Credit Union Backs Red Squirrels

A credit union has branched out and supported local squirrels in the Ring of Gullion.   Newry Mourne and Down District Council and the Ring of Gullion Partnership, as members of the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group, would like to thank Slieve Gullion Credit Union in Forkhill for…

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Police Appeal After Newcastle Crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in the Spelga area of Newcastle on Saturday 6 January. A silver Lexus overturned on the Slievenaman Road at around 11.30pm. Both the teenage male driver and female passenger sustained injuries, and while serious are not thought to be life threatening. Anyone who…

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PHA Say Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season

With flu levels having risen in recent weeks and many of us experiencing coughs and colds, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is offering some simple advice to us get through winter and reminding everyone that hand hygiene and self-care are essential when preventing and managing colds and flu. Dr Lucy…

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