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Red Kite Suspected Shot Dead In Down

RSPB NI and the PSNI are appealing for information after a young red kite that was found dead in County Down.  The bird was found with suspected gunshot wounds on a public laneway outside Moneyslane (halfway between Banbridge and Newcastle) on Thursday 17 August and was recovered by the RSPB…

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Hazzard Says DCDR Can Be An Economic Driver

New South Down MP Chris Hazzard and MLA Emma Rogan visited the Downpatrick & County Down Railway last Saturday to see for themselves the exciting extension plans for the local heritage railway. Mr Hazzard has described expansion plans for the Downpatrick Railway as an “absolute must” in growing tourism in…

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Part Time Temporary Finance Officer Required For Ulster-Scots Agency

Part Time Temporary Finance Officer Required 18 August 2017 The Ulster-Scots Agency is recruiting for a Part-time Temporary Finance Officer for their Belfast Office. To apply for this position please contact Diamond Recruitment (details below). The Ulster-Scots Agency aims are to promote the study, conservation, development and use of Ulster-Scots…

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Check Out Ulster Bank Entrepreneurial Spark

As of 12pm today, applications to join Entrepreneurial Spark for our November intakes are now being accepted. Do you know of any entrepreneurs eager to grow and scale their business? Do they want to develop their own entrepreneurial mindset? Are they seeking that investment to kick them on to the…

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Down County Museum 25 Years A Member of Heritage Island

Down County Museum is marking 25 years membership of one of Ireland’s oldest tourism marketing groups, Heritage Island, the group representing the premier visitor attractions and heritage towns throughout the country. The organisation represents over 90 of Ireland’s top attractions which between them are expected to attract over 14 million…

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Killyleagh Fun Day Is Great Success

The Killyleagh Community Association (KCA) organised a fun day in the field below Killyleagh Castle and it was a roaring success. Around 4000 people turned up to support it. This was the first of the big events planned by the recently-formed KCA who have won the support of their community….

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Boyle Welcomes Flooding Repair To Shore Road

Ards and North Down Councillor Joe Boyle has praised the quick response from Transport NI for their immediate action taken to elevate a flooding concern on the newly resurfaced Shore Road in Portaferry. Councillor Boyle said: “There was a small area on this road that after the resurfacing was completed…

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Chelsea Praises Her Saintfield Foster Parents

“My care experience has helped me become a mature and responsible young woman and be involved in family life”. These are the words of Chelsea Duncan, a 20-year old from Saintfield. At the age of just two and a half, Chelsea – along with her siblings – were placed in…

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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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