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County Down Beaches Recognised For Quality

County Down continues to enjoy some of the best bathing water quality in Europe, provisional figures have revealed. Around the Northern Ireland coast, 22 of the 23 identified bathing waters met the strict European standards for bathing water quality. A further three candidate sites were monitored for the first time…

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RSPB Introduces New Farmland Advisor For Down

The RSPB has appointed Seán Woods as Conservation Advisor to lead the ‘Farming Together with Nature’ project in East Down. Seán has been working for RSPB for four years, coming from a role that entailed working with landowners and other decision-makers for sustainable countryside management in the Lough Neagh and…

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Greenways Plan For Walking And Cycle Routes

Newry Mourne and Down District Council has been successful in securing funding from the Department of Infrastructure to produce three feasibility studies to assess the potential of developing three Greenways within the Council area providing new walking and cycling routes. The three Greenways to be developed are: *  Downpatrick to…

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Newcastle Recognised at Best Kept Awards

Newcastle has been named as runner-up for the ‘Best Kept’ Small Town award at this year’s Open + Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ Town and Village Awards. The awards, which are run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC), recognise those towns, villages and housing areas which demonstrate great pride in…

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Down Groups Received Extra Funding From Environment Minister

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has today announced that an additional 15 community groups will receive support from the DOE’s Challenge Fund. The Minister is allocating an additional £114,975 to the Challenge Fund grants programme which will enable a further 15 projects across Northern Ireland to be delivered and two…

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Police Work To Reduce Burglary In County Down

Police in Newry, Mourne and Down are focusing on reducing burglary and reducing your chance of becoming a victim of burglary during September. During the coming weeks police hope to raise awareness of burglary and how householders can secure their home and property. Officers will be conducting high visibility and…

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Local Businesses Show Strong Support For Green Tourism Awards In County Down

Green tourism has received a massive boost in County Down helping to boost the Northern Ireland figure to over 600%. 102 tourism businesses have won green tourism accreditations making County Down a more appealing place to spend a holiday. Ards and North Down Borough and Newry, Mourne and Down District…

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Police Concerned About Missing 15-Year Old

Police in Downpatrick are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing 15-year old Declan Dobbin. Sergeant Emma Magoran said: “Declan was last seen leaving his home in Dunmurry on Saturday 21 February wearing a grey hoodie, grey tracksuit and a navy and white coat. Declan is described as being…

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Police Appeal After Scotch Street Incident On 20 December

Police in Downpatrick are appealing for information following a suspected assault in the Scotch Street area on the evening of Saturday 20 December. At around 11pm, police attended the scene where a large crowd had gathered. Officers dispersed the crowd and observed a man lying on the ground with injuries…

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County Down Schools Receive Grant Boost For BT Young Scientist And Technology Exhibition

County Down schools can now benefit from BT’s commitment to support schools across the island of Ireland to enter the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with a £62,500 accommodation grant. Last year four schools from Co. Down availed of the bursary but BT wants to encourage more schools to…

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County Down Swimmer’s Glorious Return Home From Commonwealth Games

This year’s Commonwealth Games sees Northern Ireland bring home more medals than it has in nearly thirty years. The Commonwealth team are bringing an impressive two gold, three silver and seven bronze medals home to Northern Ireland. Local swimming competitors, Bethany Firth from Seaforde and Curtis Coulter from Newtownards are…

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County Down Fishermen Threaten To Block Belfast And Foyle Ports

FISHERMEN in Northern Ireland are at breaking point about the state of their industry says Stephen Kearney, an Ardglass skipper/boat owner. After a recent meeting held in Ardglass with boat skippers and owners, the ‘Fishermen of Northern Ireland’ group which comprises fishermen from across the three County Down ports of…

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Count Down In County Down To St Patrick’s Celebration In Downpatrick

It is the time of year once again when the town of Downpatrick comes alive as the preparation are well underway to celebrate their  local saint. The St Patrick festivities are an opportunity to remember the saint and there is something for the whole family in a week of a…

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East Down Farmers Offered Free Wildlife Survey By The RSPB

East Down farmers are being offered free surveys by the RSPB to discover which birds and wildlife have found homes on their land and learn what can be done to help protect them. East County Down has been selected as the charity’s focus area in Northern Ireland as it is…

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Hollywood Star Liam Neeson Relives Past Role On Lyric Theatre Stage

HOLLYWOOD star and Lyric Theatre patron Liam Neeson returned over the Christmas break to tread the boards of the south Belfast theatre which launched his acting career. The 61-year-old star of blockbusters, Schindler’s List and Taken met the cast of a new production of acclaimed play, Philadelphia, Here I Come!…

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